Elza   Erkip

Elza Erkip


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Elza Erkip received the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and the B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey. She joined Polytechnic Institute of NYU in Spring 2000, where she is now an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She spent 1996-1999 at Rice University, and 2007-2008 academic year at Princeton University.  Her general research interests are in wireless communications, information theory and communication theory.


Dr. Erkip is a Fellow of IEEE for contributions to multi-user and cooperative communications. She received NSF CAREER award in 2001 and IBM Faculty Partnership Award in 2000. Her papers  (co-authored with Andrew Sendonaris and Behnaam Aazhang) “User cooperation-diversity: Part I and II  won 2004 Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Paper Prize in the Field of Communications Theory, as the best original papers published in IEEE Transactions on Communications in 2003. Her paper (co-authored with Melda Yuksel) “Diversity-multiplexing tradeoff in half-duplex relay systems” was selected as the Best Paper of the Communication Theory Symposium,  ICC 2007 and her paper (co-authored with Chris Ng, Deniz Gunduz and Andrea Goldsmith) “Minimum expected distortion in Gaussian joint source-channel layered broadcast coding with successive refinement,” won the Student Paper Award,  ISIT 2007. She was as a Finalist for The New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in 2010.


She is currently an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, a General Co-Chair of 2013 IEEE International Symposium of Information Theory and a Technical Program Co-Chair of 2011 International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc, and Wireless Networks (WiOpt).  She was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications during 2006-2009, a Publications Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory during 2006-2009 and a Guest Editor of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine in 2007.  She was a Technical Program Co-Chair of IEEE Globecom, Communication Theory Symposium in 2009, the Publications Chair ofIEEE Information Theory Workshop, Taormina in 2009, the Technical Area Chair for the MIMO Communications and Signal Processing track of  Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers in 2007, and a Technical Program Co-Chair ofIEEE Communication Theory Workshop in 2006.  She organized the Workshop on Cooperative Communications  in 2005 and co-organized the workshop Malignant Spaghetti: Wireless Technologies in Hospital Health Care in 2008, sponsored by an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center at Polytechnic Institute of NYU. She has also served on Technical Program Committees of numerous IEEE Conferences. 


Stanford University, 1996

Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering

Stanford University, 1993

Master of Science, Electrical Engineering

Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 1990

Bachelor of Science, Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Awards + Distinctions

  • IEEE Fellow, 2011
  • Finalist, The New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, 2010
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE ICC Communication Theory Symposium, 2007
  • Student Paper Award, co-author, IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, 2007
  • IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Paper Prize in the Field of Communication Theory, 2004 
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2001

Research Interests

  • Wireless communications
  • Communication theory
  • Information theory