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IEEE Talk: Alex Wyglinski

Thursday, December 01, 2016
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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Topic: Biology Meets Cognitive Radio - Using Nature to Make Good Decisions

Over the past 15 years, the wireless community has extensively looked at cognitive radio as a means for enabling wireless systems to intelligently adapt to and learn from its operating environment.  Much research has been conducted on devising robust and spectrally agile transmission schemes, computationally efficient processing architectures, games and other medium access control mechanisms for enabling the sharing of wireless resources within a specific location, and versatile radio frequency hardware.  At the core of any cognitive radio is its "engine", a veritable radio brain used to perform both decision-making and learning.  Researchers have looked at a widerange of methods for performing cognitive radio decision-making and learning, including machine learning, swarm behavior, and other types of artificial intelligence.  This talk will focus on how important the biological sciences are with respect to the evolution of the cognitive radio brain, including lessons learned from applying techniques such as genetic algorithms and neural networks.  Talk will also include some recent research into the usage of simpler social animals such as bumblebees.


Dr. Alexander M. Wyglinski is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of wireless communications, cognitive radio, connected vehicles, software-defined radio, dynamic spectrum access, electromagnetic security, vehicular technology, wireless system optimization and adaptation, autonomous vehicles, and cyber-physical systems.  Dr. Wyglinski is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and an Associate Professor of Robotics Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA, as well as the Director of the Wireless Innovation Laboratory (WI Lab).

Dr. Wyglinski is very active in the technical community, serving on the organizing committees of numerous technical conferences and several journal editorial boards.  These activities include serving as the General Co-Chair for both the 2013 IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference and the 82nd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference in Fall 2015.  Dr. Wyglinski's editorial board commitments include the IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Transactions on Communications.  Starting January 2016, Dr. Wyglinski became President-Elect of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, an applications-oriented society of approximately 4200 members that focuses on the theoretical, experimental and operational aspects of electrical and electronics engineering in mobile radio, motor vehicles and land transportation. 

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Wyglinski has published approximately 40 journal papers, over 80 conference papers, nine book chapters, and two textbooks. He is currently being or has been sponsored by organizations such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Naval Research Laboratory, the MITRE Corporation, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate, The MathWorks, Toyota InfoTechnology Center U.S.A., and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Wyglinski is a Senior Member of the IEEE, as well as a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and the ASEE.
Alex Wyglinski