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Dr. Behnaam Aazhang

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Signal Processing, Information Processing, Information Theory,
Neuro-engineering

His research interests are in the areas of communication theory, information theory, signal processing, and their applications to wireless communication, wireless networks, and neuro-engineering with emphasis on closed-loop neuro-modulation and modeling of neuronal circuits connectivity and the impact of learning on connections in the circuits.

Behnaam Aazhang received his B.S. (with highest honors), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981, 1983, and 1986, respectively.

From 1981 to 1985, he was a Research Assistant in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois. In August 1985, he joined the faculty of Rice University, Houston, Texas, where he is now the J.S. Abercrombie Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor and Director of Center on Neuro-Engineering, a multi-university research center in Houston, Texas. In addition, he holds an Academy of Finland Distinguished Visiting Professorship appointment (FiDiPro) at the Center for Wireless Communication (CWC) in the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. He served as the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2004-2014, and served as the founding director of Rice’s Center for Multimedia Communications from 1998 till 2006. His research interests are in the areas of communication theory, information theory, signal processing, and their applications to wireless communication, wireless networks, and neuro-engineering with emphasis on closed-loop neuro-modulation and modeling of neuronal circuits connectivity and the impact of learning on connections in the circuits.

Dr. Aazhang is a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS, a distinguished lecturer of IEEE Communication Society, and also a recipient of 2004 IEEE Communication Society’s Stephen O. Rice best paper award for a paper with A. Sendonaris and E. Erkip. In addition, Sendonaris, Erkip, and Aazhang received IEEE Communication Society’s 2013 Advances in Communication Award for the same paper. He has been listed in the Thomson-ISI Highly Cited Researchers and has been keynote and plenary speaker of several conferences.

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