Naofal Al-Dhahir

Professor - Electrical Engineering
Jonsson School Distinguished Professor
Tags: Electrical Engineering Computer Engineering

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Electrical Engineering
Stanford University - 1994
MSc. - Electrical Engineering
Stanford University - 1990

Research Areas

Research Interests
  • Signal Processing Algorithms for Digital Communications Systems
  • Digital Baseband Compensation for RF/Analog Circuit Impairments
  • Broadband Wireless Communications (WiFi, WiMAX, LTE,DVB-H)
  • Detection and Cancellation of Narrow-band Interference in OFDM
  • Digital Subscriber Line Technology (ADSL,SHDSL,VDSL)
  • Space-Time Coding and Signal Processing/MIMO Systems
  • Compressive Sensing Applications in Broadband Communications
  • Receiver Design under High Mobility (Doppler mitigation)
  • Relay Communications
  • Satellite Communications (LEOs, GPS, Ka-Band)
  • Sparse Equalization of Wireless and Wireline Channels
  • Multi-Carrier Modulation (OFDM, DMT)

Publications

"MMSE Infinite-Length Symbol-by-Symbol Linear Equalization Achieves Full Diversity", A. Tajer, A. Nosratinia, and N. Al-Dhahir , in IEEE ISIT, (June 2007) 2007 - Publication
"Reduced-Complexity Bandwidth-Constrained Distributed Estimation for Wireless SensorNetworks", T. Jacobs, H. Minn, and N. Al-Dhahir , in IEEE Sarnoff Symposium (May 2007) 2007 - Publication
"A Game Theoretic Solution for Exploiting Multiuser Diversity in Cooperative Slotted Aloha", D.Wang, C. Comaniciu, H. Minn, and N. Al-Dhahir , in IEEE ICC (June 2007), 6085-6090 2007 - Publication
"Effect of Word-Length Precision on the Performance of MIMO Systems", C. Singh, N. Al-Dhahir, and P. Balsara, in IEEE ISCAS Conference, (May 2007), 2598-2601. 2007 - Publication
M. Mheidat, M.Uysal, and N. Al-Dhahir, ``Equalization Methods for Distributed Space-Time Coded Systems'', in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, pages 1839-1852, May 2007 2007 - Publication
"Fast Complex-Valued Matrix Inversion for Multi-User STBC-MIMO Decoding", D. Wu, J. Eilert, D. Liu, D. Wang, N. Al-Dhahir, and H. Minn, in IEEE Annual VLSI Symposium, (March 2007), 325-330. 2007 - Publication
"A Hybrid Time/Frequency OFDM Channel Estimation Scheme for Doubly-Selective Channels with Application to DVB-H", S. Lu and N. Al-Dhahir , in IEEE Sarnoff  Symposium, (May 2007) 2007 - Publication
``Equalization Methods for Distributed Space-Time Coded Systems'', M. Mheidat, M.Uysal, and N. Al-Dhahir , IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, (May 2007) 1839-1852 2007 - Publication
"Complexity Reduction of Matrix Manipulation for Multi-User STBC-MIMO Decoding", J. Eilert, D. Wu, D. Liu, D. Wang, N. Al-Dhahir, and H. Minn, in IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, (May 2007) 2007 - Publication
"Performance Comparison of Time and Frequency Domain Single and Double Differential for UWB OFDM Systems", S. Islam, N.Al-Dhahir and H. Minn, in IEEE Sarnoff Symposium (May 2007) 2007 - Publication

Appointments

Full Professor (tenured)
University of Texas at Dallas [2007–Present]
Associate Professor (tenured)
University of Texas at Dallas [2003–2007]
Principal member of the technical staff
AT&T Shannon Laboratory [8–7]
Member of the technical staff
Corporate R&D Center, General Electric Company [8–7]
Instructor
Stanford University [1–4]
Research Assistant
Stanford University [1–7]

Additional Information

HONORS & AWARDS:
  1. IEEE Fellow
  2. Co-recipient of the 2006 IEEE Donald G. Fink Best Journal Paper Award
  3. Co-recipient of the 2005 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Journal Paper Award
  4. Co-recipient of the 2005 IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Best Paper Award
INSTITUTIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE IN THE LAST 5 YEARS
  1. Member, ECS Dean search committee
  2. Member, TE industrial advisory board
  3. Chairperson, EE Faculty search committee
  4. Member, EE teaching assignment committee
  5. Member, EE computer equipment committee
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES IN THE LAST 5 YEARS
  1. Served as Tutorials Co-Chair for ICASSP08
  2. Served on Technical Program Committee of the following IEEE Conferences : ICASSP, Globecom, WCNC, Asilomar, ISSPIT, ICC, SPAWC
  3. Participated in a leadership course offered by the School of Management
  4. Delivered a tutorial on space-time coding at ICECS03
  5. Regular participant in IEEE conferences on signal processing and communications
  6. Served on NSF panels to review technical proposals

News Articles

IEEE names UT Dallas Prof Al-Dhahir Fellow; Work Used in DSL, Digital TV, Wireless Internet
Professor Naofal Al-Dhahir has been named an IEEE fellow, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  
The honor, for “contributions to high data-rate communication over broadband channels,” recognizes Al-Dhahir for a large body of work that includes an important component of the high-speed DSL Internet technology used by millions of people around the world.
UTD Researcher Receives NSF Funding
RICHARDSON, Texas (Sept. 21, 2005) — An electrical engineering professor at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), in collaboration with and a researcher from Princeton University, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to investigate the value of algebraic signal structures in the cross–layer design of multiple–antenna wireless communication systems. 

Dr. Naofal Al–Dhahir, an associate professor in UTD’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science will work with Dr. Robert Calderbank, who holds a joint appointment as a professor with Princeton’s departments of mathematics and electrical engineering, to demonstrate how algebraic signal structures make it possible to integrate different multiple–antenna system functions efficiently at an end–to–end complexity equal to that of the single–antenna systems used today.
UTD Professor Wins IEEE Best Journal Paper Award
Naofal Al-Dhahir, an associate professor of electrical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been named a co-recipient of the prestigious Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award for 2006 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

The award is given for the most outstanding survey review or tutorial paper published in IEEE transactions, journals or magazines, or in proceedings of the IEEE. Established in 1979, it is named in honor of Donald G. Fink, a distinguished editor and author who was the first general manager and executive director of the IEEE.  The Fink award is the only IEEE-wide journal best paper award; all other paper awards are at the technical society level.
UTD Professor, Student Win ‘Best Paper’ Award at International Conference
An electrical engineering professor and a Ph.D. student at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) together won the “Best Paper” award at the 2005 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Vehicular Technology Conference recently held in Dallas. 

Dr. Naofal Al–Dhahir, an associate professor, and Sushanta Das are part of the electrical engineering department in UTD’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. They are co-authors of the paper with Dr. Robert Calderbank of Princeton University and Dr. Suhas Diggavi of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
UTD Professor Receives NSF Grant to Study New Broadband Wireless Technologies
RICHARDSON, Texas (Sept. 9, 2004) — An electrical engineering professor at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to investigate new methods for broadband multimedia wireless communications. 

Dr. Naofal Al-Dhahir, an associate professor in UTD’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, received the award, which covers a four-year period and is worth $250,000, from the NSF’s division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF).

Activities

Professional Activities :
  1. Lead Guest Editor for a special issue of IEEE journal of selected topics in signal processing on DSP Techniques for RF/Analog Circuit Impairments scheduled for publication in 2009.
  2. Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications March 2002 - present
  3. Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing October 2000 - October 2003
  4. Editor for IEEE Communications Letters October 2000 - October 2002
  5. Elected Member to the IEEE Signal Processing for Communications Technical Committee (SP4COM) January 2002 to December 2007.
  6. Elected Member to the IEEE Signal Processing Theory and Methods Technical Committee (SPTM) from January 2005-present.
  7. Tutorials Co-Chair at ICASSP'08 in Las Vegas.
  8. Technical committee member for IEEE ICASSP and SPAWC from 2002 to present.
  9. Guest Editor for a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing on Signal Processing Techniques for Space-Time-Coded Transmissions scheduled for publication on October 2002
  10. Co-Chair of the Communication Theory Symposium at IEEE Globecom'04 Conference in Dallas, Texas, December 2004.
  11. Presented a tutorial at ICECS'03 entitled "Space-Time Coding and Signal Processing for Next-Generation Wireless Communications", December 2003.
  12. Presented an invited tutorial at PIMRC'02 entitled "Space-Time Signal Processing".
  13. Invited plenary speaker to the IEEE CAS Workshop on Wireless Communications and Networking, Notre Dame, August 2001
SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES OF WHICH A MEMBER
  1. IEEE Fellow
  2. IEEE Signal Processing Society
  3. IEEE Communications Society
  4. IEEE Information Theory Society

Funding

- Research In Motion [2018–2018]
- Advanced Receiver Technologies Inc. [2018–2018]