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267 Cory Hall
UC Berkeley 94720-1770
Fall 2018 Office Hours: Tu3:30-4:30pm in 258 Cory
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Research Interests:

My areas of interest span communications, control, and signal processing. Within that range, my focus is on the communications theory side, particularly in the areas of wireless and information theory. Within information theory, my main interest is in developing the conceptual tools needed to understand feedback, interaction, delay, reliability, and complexity. To that end, I am interested in decentralized control systems as they provide well understood mathematical models that do not mesh with the classical notions from information theory. They also tell us why delay and cooperation areimportant. On the wireless communication side, I was interested in power consumption and now am mostly interested in how multi-scale heterogenous wireless systems can coexist peacefully. Cognitive radio and wireless spectrum sharing are of particular interest.

My research sits within the BLISS center, where we study the foundations of information, inference, statistics, systems, and signal processing.

Key research contributions from my group (Details can be found in papers)

For Students:

U.C. Berkeley is a great place to learn and develop into a world class scientist/engineer. If you are admitted or are already here, you might be interested in my
unofficial page of advice. I probably will take one to two new graduate students this cycle. But feel free to contact me if you are already admitted to Berkeley. I'm generally available to talk about research. If you are considering applying to Berkeley, please do so. Before contacting me directly, please check out this page for more information. I generally do not respond to unsolicited emails from potential students, interns or postdocs.

Brief Bio

Before joining the Berkeley faculty, I spent some time at the startup Enuvis, Inc. where I was on the theoretical/algorithmic side of a team that developed new techniques for GPS detection in very low SNR environments (such as those encountered indoors in urban areas). Before that, I was a graduate student at MIT studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Course 6 in MIT-speak) and was based in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems under Prof. Sanjoy Mitter. My research interests there started in machine understanding but shifted toward the intersection of control and information theory. I did my undergraduate work in EECS here at the University of California at Berkeley.

I served as the Treasurer for the IEEE Information Theory Society from 2007-2009 and am currently the faculty adviser for the Berkeley chapter of Eta Kappa Nu.

Fall 2018

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Teaching Philosophy

I believe that the point of teaching is learning, that students learn by working hard and being challenged, that grading should be fair and support students who master the material, and that becoming an engineer is as much an emotional journey of character and worldview as it is an intellectual one of techniques and understanding. I believe that the course staff (TAs, readers, and academic interns) are as important a constituency as the students taking the course, and that they should be mentored to learn and growth alongside the students that they are teaching.

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