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Atwater Kent Laboratories, 303
Phone: +1-508-831-5771
Fax: +1-508-831-5491

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Xinming Huang

Being a faculty member is a privilege through which I can teach and mentor many students. My area of expertise is in computer engineering. More specifically, I conduct research on circuits and systems design for reconfigurable computing, wireless communications, and signal processing. I teach computer engineering courses at the levels of transistors, gates, circuits, processors, and systems. Courses I've taught include digital logic, VLSI design, HDL modeling, computer architecture, and reconfigurable computing.

My experience in industry has helped me with both teaching and research. Before I returned to graduate school, I worked as an applications engineer and I enjoyed traveling around the world to sightsee and to visit corporate customers. After completing my PhD at Virginia Tech, I became a member of the technical staff at the wireless advanced technology laboratory of Lucent Technologies, where I worked on ASIC design for wireless communication systems for several years.

I work closely with students to solve technical problems using innovative new ideas, new architectures, new algorithms, etc. In my lab, I emphasize critical thinking skills and practical experience on hardware design. My goal is to train students to be more creative, equipped to solve state-of-the-art problems.

Research Interests

  • reconfigurable computing
  • VLSI digital circuits and system-on-chip
  • ubiquitous computing and RFID
  • embedded systems design


  • B.Eng., Northwestern Polytechnic University - China, 1994
  • M.Eng., Northwestern Polytechnic University - China, 1996
  • PhD, Virginia Tech, 2001

Featured Publications

  • Xinming Huang, Jing Ma and Cao Liang, “System Architecture and Implementation of MIMO Sphere Decoders on FPGA,” IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 188-197, February 2008.
  • Wenxuan Guo, Xinming Huang, Wenjing Lou and Cao Liang, “On Relay Node Placement and Assignment for Two-tiered Wireless Networks,” ACM Mobile Networks and Applications, vol. 13, pp. 186-197, March 2008.
  • Cao Liang and Xinming Huang, “SmartCell: An Energy Efficient Coarse-Grained Reconfigurable Architecture for Stream-Based Applications,” EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems, vol.2009, 15 pages, DOI:10.1155/2009/518659.
  • An Liu, Xinming Huang, Youjian Liu, Haige Xiang, and Wu Luo, “Capacity Bounds of MIMO Channels with Asymmetric Channel State Information at Transmitter,” IEEE Communications Letter, vol. 13, no. 8, pp. 564-566, August 2009.
  • Kai Zhang, Xinming Huang and Zhongfeng Wang, “High-Throughput Layered Decoder Implementation for Quasi-Cyclic LDPC Codes,” IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 985-994, August 2009.

Professional Highlights

  • WPI Joseph Samuel Satin Distinguished Fellow (2008)
  • DARPA/MTO Young Faculty Award (2007)
  • IBM Faculty Fellowship Award (2004)
  • UNO College of Engineering Distinguished Assistant Professor Award (2004)
  • Louisiana Board of Regents Young Faculty RCS Award (2004)
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