Alexander Wyglinski, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has been appointed to a two-year term as a distinguished lecturer by the Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). As one of nine new distinguished lecturers selected by the society this year, Wyglinski will deliver talks on software defined radio and cognitive radio to VTS chapters around the world.
The 5,500 engineers, scientists, students, and technicians worldwide who belong to VTS are interested in advancing the theory and practice of electrical engineering as it applies to land transportation, railroads and mass transit, mobile communications, vehicular electrotechnology equipment and systems, and land, airborne, and maritime mobile services.
Wyglinski, founder and director of the Wireless Innovation Laboratory at WPI, conducts research on cognitive radio, dynamic spectrum access, spectrum measurements, and software-defined radio, among other areas within wireless communications. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, The Mathworks, and other organizations.
Among his research interests is developing innovative technologies and techniques that can be used to expand the use of the limited radio spectrum for the increasing number of wireless users and applications. He has conducted research on the current utilization of the radio spectrum and on technologies, including cognitive radio and software-defined radio, which may permit the opportunistic use of underused spectrum.
Co-editor of the 2009 book Cognitive Radio Communications and Networks: Principles and Practice, Wyglinski was also co-author of a study that received the Gold Award for the best paper on communications presented at the 2011 IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Communications, Computers, and Signal Processing.
Wyglinski earned a BS and a PhD in electrical engineering at McGill University in Montreal and an MS in electrical engineering at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and VTS.