Another Erkip student wins an award

 Deniz Gunduz


Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Elza Erkip has her name on another award-winning paper. This one, “Minimum Expected Distortion in Gaussian Layered Broadcast Coding with Successive Refinement,” was selected for the Student Paper Award at the 2007 International Symposium on Information Theory in Nice, France. The second author of the paper, Deniz Gunduz, is Erkip’s doctoral student.

The other co-authors are Stanford University Professor of Electrical Engineering Andrea Goldsmith and her doctoral student, Chris T.K. Ng.

The paper considers layered broadcast coding with successive refinement and proposes a new technique that optimizes performance.

“This technique will allow higher quality multimedia transmission over wireless networks and power savings for wireless units,” said Gunduz. “Both of those issues are very critical for next generation wireless networks.”

ISIT2007 is a prestigious conference that draws many high-quality papers. Out of 193 eligible student paper submissions, only two were chosen for this award.

“The paper was cited by the reviewers as being an important contribution towards combining issues of source compression -- for instance, for video applications -- and wireless transmission in networks,” said ISIT2007 Technical Program Committee Co-Chair Muriel Medard, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Earlier this summer, Erkip’s and doctoral student Melda Yuksel’s paper, “Diversity-Multiplexing Tradeoff in Half-Duplex Relay Systems,” was selected as the Best Paper of the Communication Theory Symposium of the IEEE International Conference on Communications 2007 In Glasgow, Scotland.

Erkip and Gunduz will spend the 2007-08 academic year at Princeton University, where she will be on sabbatical and he will be a postdoctoral researcher.