Department News

ECEn Welcomes Dr. Gregory Nordin to the Faculty

Dr. Gregory Nordin received his BS from BYU, his Masters from UCLA and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the BYU ECEn faculty, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Alabama in Huntsville for several years. His interests lie in photonics, nano and microfabricated devices, and chemical and biological sensors. More...


Dr. Michael Rice and ECEn Grad Students Present Several Papers at GLOBECOM 2005

Dr. Michael Rice and ECEn graduate students Erik Perrins, Tom Nelson and Zhihong Ding presented several papers at the 2005 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2005) in St. Louis, MO. Zhihong Ding and Dr. Rice presented "Throughput Analysis of ARQ Protocols for Parallel Multichannel Communications." Erik Perrins and Dr. Rice presented "Simple Detectors for Shaped-Offset QPSK Using the PAM Decomposition" and "A Reduced-Complexity Approach to Iterative Detection of Coded MIL-STD SOQPSK" and together with Tom Nelson, they presented "Common Detectors for Shaped Offset QPSK (SOQPSK) and Feher-patented QPSK (FQPSK)."


Dr. Lee and Dr. Archibald Present in Boston and Raleigh

Dr. D.J. Lee, Dr. James Archibald and graduate student Jonathan Anderson presented "FPGA Implementation of Vision Algorithms for Small Autonomous Robots" at the SPIE Optics East, Robotics Technologies and Architectures, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XVIII, in Boston, MA and "Hardware Implementation of Feature Density Distribution Algorithm for Autonomous Robot" at the 2005 Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society in Raleigh NC.


Dr. Lee and Dr. Archibald Present in Boston and Raleigh

Dr. D.J. Lee, Dr. James Archibald and graduate student Jonathan Anderson presented "FPGA Implementation of Vision Algorithms for Small Autonomous Robots" at the SPIE Optics East, Robotics Technologies and Architectures, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XVIII, in Boston, MA and "Hardware Implementation of Feature Density Distribution Algorithm for Autonomous Robot" at the 2005 Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society in Raleigh NC.


Dr. Michael Rice and ECEn Grad Students Tom Nelson and Erik Perrins Win Best Paper

Dr. Michael Rice and ECEn graduate students Tom Nelson and Erik Perrins won Best Paper at the 2005 International Telemetering Conference with their paper "Common Detectors for Tier 1 Modulations."


Dr.'s Rice, Jensen and ECEn Grad Students Present Several Papers at ITC'2005

At the 2005 International Telemetering Conference, Dr. Michael Rice, graduate student Tom Nelson and ECEn faculty Dr. Michael Jensen presented "Experimental Results for Space-Time Coding Using ARTM Tier-1 Modulation." Erik Perrins and Dr. Rice presented, "Serially Concatenated ARTM Tier-1 Waveforms With Iterative Detection" and together with Tom Nelson, they presented, "Common Detectors for Tier 1 Modulations." Graduate student Qiang Lei and Dr. Rice presented "SHF Multipath Channel Modeling Results." With Tariq Ali and Mohammad Sequib, Dr. Rice presented "Interference Cancellation Using ARTM Tier-1 Waveforms in Aeronautical Telemetry."


ECEn Grad Student Places in Student Paper Contest

Grad student Mason Wardle won second place in the graduate category of the Student Paper Contest at the 2005 International Telemetering Conference with his paper, "EFTS Receiver With Improved Performance." Wardle is advised by Dr. Michael Rice.


BYU MAGICC Lab Captures Best Overall Video Award at the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Competition

The BYU MAGICC Lab competed against several other universities and defense contracters including Stanford and NASA JPL to win Best Overall Video and $2000 at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Infoteach@Aerospace Video Competition. The winning video highlights Ray, one of the many MAGICC Lab unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), independently navigating the BYU campus, negotiating a narrow canyon and flying in formation with several other MAGICC Lab UAVs.

The BYU Multiple Agent Intelligent Coordination and Control (MAGICC) Lab is a joint research effort between the BYU Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECEn) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) departments, led by Dr. Randal Beard (ECEn) and Dr. Tim McLain (ME).


Dr. Michael Rice and ECEn Graduate Students Publish Journal Article and Present at MILCOM'2005

Dr. Michael Rice and ECEn grad student Erik Perrins published "A New Performance Bound for PAM-based CPM Detectors," in the October 2005 issue of IEEE Transactions on Communications. Together with ECEn grad student Tom Nelson, they will present "Coded FQPSK and SOQPSK with Iterative Detection," "A Unified Perspective on ARTM Tier 1 Waveforms - Part I: Common Representations," and "A Unified Perspective on ARTM Tier 1 Waveforms - Part II: Common Detectors," at the IEEE Military Communications Conference held in New Jersey, October 17-20, 2005.


Dr. David Long and ECEn Graduate Students Publish Journal Articles

Dr. David Long published "Microwave Observations of Daily Antarctic Sea-Ice Edge Expansion and Contraction Rates" and "Calibrating SeaWinds and QuikSCAT Scatterometers Using Natural Land Targets" with ECEn graduate students Jeffrey R. Allen and Lukas B. Kunz respectively. Both papers will appear in Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, October 2005.


BYU News Features ECEn Radio Astronomers Dr. Brian Jeffs and Dr. Karl Warnick

BYU News featured Dr. Brian Jeffs and Dr. Karl Warnick and their innovative radio astronomy research on the BYU home page. Dr. Jeffs and Dr. Warnick are developing new techniques to remove man-made interference from the faint microwave signals emitted by stars, galaxies and other deep space objects, making it possible to get a better glimpse into the far corners of space. More...


Dr. Mark Manwaring and MS Student Preston Manwaring Present at EMBC 2005 in Shanghai

Dr. Mark Manwaring and MS student Preston Manwaring presented "A Provocative Test to Determine Brain Compliance in the Management of Patients with Hydrocephalus" and "An Apparatus and Method to Characterize Causes of Positional Plagiocephaly" at the 27th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society held in Shanghai, China in August 2005. Both papers are based on Preston's MS work.


Dr. David Comer, Dr. Donald Comer and PhD student Tim Hollis Publish Journal Article

Dr. David Comer, Dr. Donald Comer and PhD student Tim Hollis published "Optimization of amplifier performance through channel length and inversion level selection," in the September 2005 issue of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part II: Express Briefs.


Dr. David Comer, Dr. Donald Comer and PhD student Tim Hollis Publish Journal Article

Dr. David Comer, Dr. Donald Comer and PhD student Tim Hollis published "Optimization of amplifier performance through channel length and inversion level selection," in the September 2005 issue of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part II: Express Briefs.


Dr. Michael Jensen, Matthew Morris and Jon Wallace Publish Journal Articles, Present Papers in Italy and Texas

Dr. Michael Jensen and BYU graduate student Matthew Morris published "Impact of receive amplifier signal coupling on MIMO system performance" in the September 2005 issue of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology; together with Research Associate Jon Wallace they published "Superdirectivity in MIMO systems" in the September 2005 IEEE Transactions on Antennas Propagation. Also in September, Dr. Jensen and Jon Wallace presented "Recent advances in antennas and propagation for MIMO systems: multi-user networks and channel temporal variation" at ICEAA'2005 in Torino, Italy and "Measurement and characterization of the time variation of indoor and outdoor MIMO channels at 2.4 and 5.2 GHz" at VTC'2005 in Dallas, Texas.


Dr. Brent Nelson and Former Grad Student Clint Hilton Present at FPL'2005 in Finland

Dr. Brent Nelson and former BYU graduate student Clint Hilton presented "A Flexible Circuit-Switched NOC for FPGA-Based Systems" at the 15th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL'2005) held in Tampere, Finland on August 24-26, 2005.


National Research Council Publication Features Dr. David Long's Wind Imaging

The National Research Council featured a Scatterometer Climate Record Pathfinder image created by Dr. David Long on the cover of its major report Earth Science and Applications from Space: Urgent Needs and Opportunities to Serve the Nation (2005). Dr. Long generated the image highlighting wind speed and direction using his resolution enhancement algorithm and compiled data from the satellite-based SeaWinds scatterometer.


FPGA Reliability Research Group Conducts Radiation Test

The FPGA reliability research group, headed by Dr. Michael Wirthlin, recently conducted radiation experiments at the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory cyclotron at the University of California, Davis. Graduate students Brian Pratt and Keith Morgan supported tests designed to characterize the quality of a new BYU tool designed to lessen radiation effects on FPGAs.


ECEn Grad Student Wins ASNT Fellowship Award

PhD student Tyson Lowder's research proposal, "D-Fiber for Multidimensional Sensor Applications," garnered for Brigham Young University the 2005 ASNT Fellowship Award. The award, offered by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing to no more than three recipients each year, provides BYU with up to $15,000 to pursue Lowder's proposed research; he will present his findings at the next national ASNT conference. Faculty advisors included Dr. Stephen Schultz and Dr. Richard Selfridge.


ECEn undergrads win Best Student Paper award

Undergraduate Jared Hill competed against several Ph.D. students to win Best Student Paper at the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing, and Control. Hill presented "A Satisficing Approach to Free Flight," which he wrote with former undergraduate Ryan Johnson. Faculty advisors included Dr. James Archibald, Dr. Richard Frost, and Dr. Wynn Stirling. Hill and Johnson wrote and researched the paper with the help of a BYU mentoring environment grant.


Dr. Clark Taylor appointed vice chair of the Utah Section of the IEEE Computer Society

Dr. Clark Taylor, who was recently selected to be the vice chair of the Utah Section of the IEEE Computer Society, did his undergraduate and masters degree work here at BYU and recently graduated with his Ph.D. from UCSD.


Dr.'s Jensen and Rice land DOD Grant to Advance Flight Testing

Dr. Jensen and Dr. Rice were awarded nearly $1 million in grant money to improve air-to-ground communications during Air Force flight tests. By developing a receiver capable of coordinating signals from on-board antennas, Dr. Jensen, Dr. Rice and their telemetry research team will enable the Air Force to get more valuable test data in fewer flights, which will reduce the cost of flight testing. Also reported in BYU News and Deseret News.


Dr.'s Jensen and Rice land DOD Grant to Advance Flight Testing

Dr. Jensen and Dr. Rice were awarded nearly $1 million in grant money to improve air-to-ground communications during Air Force flight tests. By developing a receiver capable of coordinating signals from on-board antennas, Dr. Jensen, Dr. Rice and their telemetry research team will enable the Air Force to get more valuable test data in fewer flights, which will reduce the cost of flight testing. Also reported in BYU News and Deseret News.


Dr. David G. Long and former Ph.D. student David Draper win IEEE Paper Award

Dr. David G. Long and former Ph.D. student David Draper co-authored a paper selected for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Transaction Prize Paper Award. Their winning paper, "Simultaneous Wind and Rain Retrieval Using SeaWinds Data," discusses methods to improve SeaWinds scatterometer wind estimation in the presence of rain.


Dr. David G. Long and former Ph.D. student David Draper win IEEE Paper Award

Dr. David G. Long and former Ph.D. student David Draper co-authored a paper selected for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Transaction Prize Paper Award. Their winning paper, "Simultaneous Wind and Rain Retrieval Using SeaWinds Data," discusses methods to improve SeaWinds scatterometer wind estimation in the presence of rain.


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