Ph.D. Students

Research Areas:  I am looking for outstanding PhD students with strong mathematical skills. At Cornell,  my PhD students do courses in real analysis, function analysis, measure-theoretic probability, random processes (including martingales), statistical inference and stochastic control. The student can also be with the Center for Applied Math. A solid background allows you to do meaningful research in the following areas:

  • Stochastic Optimization and Game Theory
  • Social Networks and Sensing – modelling the dynamics of information diffusion; sampling of sentiment in social networks
  • Statistical Signal Processing; Target Tracking and Sensor Management
  • Biological Ion Channels and Biosensors – we are interested in math models for the dynamics of artificial membranes
  • Multimedia wireless systems, femto-cells, wireless clouds (I am moving out of this area)

Current Ph.D. Students

  • Sujay Bhatt (Cornell PhD student; did Masters at IIT Mumbai): Social Learning
  • Buddhika Nettasinghe (Cornell PhD student; did Masters at UBC).
  • Sijia Gao (Cornell PhD student; did Masters at UBC)
  • Kai Zhang (Cornell PhD student; did undergraduate at Tsinghua)


I have been fortunate to have graduated outstanding PhD students. You can download many of the PhD theses below.

Andrew Logothetis (1998) EM Algorithms for State and Parameter Estimation Senior Research Engineer, Airspan, U.K.
Jonathan Manton (1998) Optimal Estimation and Identification of Linear Systems — Stochastic and Algebraic Approaches Professor, Univ of Melbourne
Kenneth Tan (1997) Nonlinear Signal Processing Techniques based on the EM algorithm
Jamie Evans (1998) Studies in Nonlinear Filtering Theory – Random Parameter Linear Systems, Target Tracking and Communication Constrained Estimation Professor and Head, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Monash University
Leigh Johnston (2000) Iterative Algorithms for Estimation of Nonlinear Stochastic Dynamical Systems Associate Professor, University of Melbourne.
S. Singh (2003) Optimization Issues in DS/CDMA Wirless Networks Associate Professor, Cambridge Univ
Sam McLaughlin (2006) Data Incest in Decentralized Estimation Systems Research Engineer ADI Thales Limited
Arsalan Farrokh(2007) Stochastic Resource Allocation in Wireless Networks Mathematical Finance, Phillips, Hager & North In- vestment Management Ltd.
Minh Ngo (2007) Cross Layer Adaptive Transmission Scheduling in Wireless Networks Mathematical Finance, Phillips, Hager & North In- vestment Management Ltd
Michael Maskery (2007) Game Theoretic Methods for Networked Sensors and Dynamic Spectrum Access Patent Engineer, MBM Intellectual Property Law
Laxminarayana Pillutla (2008) Resource Management in Wireless Networks Associate Professor DA-IIT India
Hassan Mansour (2009) Modeling of Scalable Video Content for Multi-user Wireless Transmission Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs
Farhad Ghassemi (2009) Sensor Management with Applications in Localization and Tracking Amazon, USA
Alex Wang (2009) Meta-level Tracking with Stochastic Grammar Reesarch engineer, Amazon, Canada
Jane Huang (2011) Application of Game Theory in Wireless Communication Networks Amazon, USA
Kevin Topley (2012) Average Consensus in Two-time Scale Markovian Systems
Maryam Abolfath-Beygi (2013) Biosensor Arrays for Molecular Source Identification in Mass-Transport Systems Postdoc, USC
Omid Namvar (2015) Stochastic Approximation Methods for Decision Making in Non-stationary Uncertain Environments Postdoc U Toronto in Math Finance
Mustafa Fanswala (2015) Meta-level Pattern Analysis for Target Tracking Research Engineer, Microsoft, Redmond, USA
William Hoiles (2015) Biosensing and Electrophysiological Response Postdoc UCLA and UBC, currently BioSymetrics.
Maziyar Hamdi (2015) Statistical Signal Processing on Dynamic Graphs with Applications in Social Networks social network startup
Mohammad Ghasemi (2016) Planning and Operation of Active Smart Grids  Risk Management at TD Bank
Anup Aprem (2017) Detection, Estimation and Control in Online Social Media
Tanzil Shahrear (2018) Mobile Edge Cloud: Computation and Caching Ericsson, Sweden