Ph.D. Students

Research Areas:  I am looking for outstanding PhD students with an undergraduate in ECE or applied math and strong mathematical skills. The student can enrol either with ECE or with the Center for Applied Math. My current areas of interest include:

  • The human sensor interface: How to optimize signal processing and sensing with human behavioral constraints? The research involves novel idea in Stochastic Optimization, Partially Observed Markov Decision Processes (POMDPs), approximate dynamic programming and Computational Game Theory
  • Social Network Analytics and Sensing: How to use social networks as a real time adaptive sensor? How to  model & control the dynamics of information flow in social networks? How to efficiently sample and poll social networks?
  • Statistical Signal Processing– inverse filtering problems, adaptive radars, intent inference  and sensor management
  • Biological Ion Channels and Biosensors – Cell membranes are remarkable biological devices that can be used to contruct high resolution sensors, biological transistors an and nano-machines. We are interested in modeling the dynamics of artificial membranes and devices built out of membranes.
  • Multimedia, femto-cells, wireless clouds (I am moving out of this area)

Current Ph.D. Students

  • Sujay Bhatt (did Masters at IIT Mumbai): Social Learning POMDPs – just defended his thesis and ready to graduate.
  • Buddhika Nettasinghe (did Masters at UBC): Friendship paradox and Social Network sampling
  • Kunal Pattanayak (did undergraduate/masters at IIT Kharagpur)


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

Andrew Logothetis (1998) EM Algorithms for State and Parameter Estimation Chief 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 vice-Dean, University of Melbourne
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, France
Arsalan Farrokh(2007) Stochastic Resource Allocation in Wireless Networks Mathematical Finance, Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd.
Minh Ngo (2007) Cross Layer Adaptive Transmission Scheduling in Wireless Networks Mathematical Finance, Phillips, Hager & North Investment 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 Research Engineer, Qualcomm, USA
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 Data Scientist, Microsoft, USA
Alex Wang (2009) Meta-level Tracking with Stochastic Grammar Research engineer, Amazon, Canada
Jane Huang (2011) Application of Game Theory in Wireless Communication Networks Machine Learning scientist, Amazon Alexa, 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 Math finance, Toronto
Mustafa Fanswala (2015) Meta-level Pattern Analysis for Target Tracking Self Driving Cars, NVIDIA
William Hoiles (2015) Biosensing and Electrophysiological Response Data Scientist, BioSymetrics, Toronto
Maziyar Hamdi (2015) Statistical Signal Processing on Dynamic Graphs with Applications in Social Networks Data Scientist, Qudos Inc, Vancouver
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  Postdoc in machine learning at Oxford Univ
Tanzil Shahrear (2018) Mobile Edge Cloud: Computation and Caching Ericsson, Sweden
Sujay Bhatt (2019) @Cornell Controlled Social Sensing: A POMDP Approach