Issa Panahi

Professor - Electrical Engineering
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Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Electrical Engineering
"University of Colorado, Boulder" - 1988
MS - Electrical Engineering
Florida Institute of Technology - 1978
BS - Electrical Engineering
Tehran Polytechnic University - 1974

Research Areas

Research Interests
Digital Signal Processing with emphasis on acoustics for Biomedical applications: MIMO Single and multi-dimensional digital filtering, noise cancellation and active noise control, signal detection and separation, parameter & spectral estimation, system identification methods, adaptive signal processing


Hua Bao, Issa Panahi, Philipos Loizou, Yi Hu, Music Injection For Subjective Speech Enhancement And The Psychoacoustic Pleasantness Analysis, Sensor, Signal and Info. Processing Workshop, 2008. 2008 - Publication
Venkat R. Ramachandran, Issa Panahi, Eduardo Perez, Active Reduction of High-Level Acoustic Noise on a FMRI Test-Bed Using LabVIEW and FPGA Platforms", IEEE Inter. ICASSP 2008. 2008 - Publication
Venkat R. Ramachandran, Govind Kannan, Ali Milani, Issa Panahi, Speech Enhancement in Functional MRI Environment Using Adaptive Sub-Band Algorithms, IEEE Inter. Conf. ICASSP 2007. 2007 - Publication
R. M. Reddy, I. M. S. Panahi, R. Briggs, E. Perez, Performance Comparison of FXRLS, FXAPA, and FXLMS Active Noise Cancellation Algorithms on an fMRI bore Test-Bed, IEEE EMBS Wkshop 2007. 2007 - Publication
J.Tong, D. L. MacFarlane, I.Panahi, R. L. Hunt, G. Kannan, G. Evans, M. Christensen, Direct Form I Realization of Active Photonic Filters, Jour.Fiber & Integrated Optics, Vol.26, Issue 4, 201, 2007. 2007 - Publication
R. M. Reddy, I. Panahi, R. Briggs, Analysis and realization of an active noise control system on DSP hardware using an fMRI bore model, Proc. 29th IEEE Annu. EMBS Conf., pp:3417-3420, 2007. 2007 - Publication
Ali A. Milani, Govind Kannan, Issa M.S Panahi, Richard Briggs, Kaundinya Gopinath Weight Stacking Analysis of Delayless Subband Adaptive Algorithms for fMRI Active Noise Cancellation, IEEE EMBS Workshop, Dallas, Nov. 2007. 2007 - Publication
G. Kannan, A. A. Milani, I.M.S. Panahi, Active noise control of noisy periodic signals using signal Separation, IEEE International Conf. ICASSP2008, Mar. 30- Apr-4, 2008. (Accepted in 2007) 2007 - Publication
T. Constantinescu, V. Ramakrishna, N. Spears, L.R. Hunt, J. Tong, I. Panahi, G. Kannan, D.L. MacFarlane, G. Evens, M.P. Christensen, Composition Methods for Four-Port Couplers in Photonic Integrated Circuitry, Jour. Optical Soc. of America, Vol. 23, No. 11, Nov. 2006. pp: 2919-2931. 2006 - Publication
I.M.S Panahi, H.A Toliyat, An efficient processor-based online generation of time-optimal Trajectories, IEEE Transaction on Control Systems Technology, Vol. 14, Issue 5, Sept. 2006,Page(s): 966 973. 2006 - Publication


Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2003–Present]
Visiting Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2001–2003]
Wireless / OMAP Applications Manager
Texas Instruments Inc., Dallas, TX [2000–2001]
Texas Instruments Inc, Houston, TX [1991–2000]
University of Colorado, Boulder [1986–1987]

Additional Information

Professional recognition, honors, membership


Jan 2007-Present: Senior member of IEEE, - Signal processing Society, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS),and Acoustic Society of America (ASA) .

Jul 2006-Present:  Co-founder of IEEE-Dallas Chapter of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS).

    Vice-Chair of IEEE-Dallas Chapter of EMBS.

Jan 2007- Present: Vice-Chair of the IEEE-Dallas Chapter of Signal Processing Society

Jan 2005 - Jan 2007:  Program Chair, IEEE-Dallas Chapter of Signal Processing Society.

Apr. 2005:  Recipient of the 2005  IEEE "Outstanding Service Award", IEEE-Dallas Section, Signal Processing Society.  

Jan. 2004 - Jan 2005:  Secretary/Treasurer, IEEE-Dallas Section, Signal Processing Society.

1981 to present:  Member of IEEE; Signal Processing Society, EMBS, LEOS (Laser Electronics and Optical Society).

Invited Services:

Aug. 2008:   Session Chair, "Brain Image Analysis", IEEE EMBC2008, Vancouver, Canada.

May 2008:   Session Chair, "signal processing",  SenSIP ( Sensors, Signals, and Information Processing) Conf, Sedona, AZ.

Aug. 2007:   Session Chair, "fMRI signa lprocessing", IEEE EMBC2007, Lyon, France.

2004 to present:  Reviewer for IEEE Transactions; Signal Processing, Communication, Circuits & Systems, Biomedical Eng.,Industrical Electronics, and the EURASIP Signal processing journals.

Texas Instruments Inc:

Sep. 1999:   Elected as the  TI's "Senior Member of The Technical Staff", for outstanding technical contributions to Texas Instruments Inc.

Sep. 1998:   Recipient of the Texas Instruments "Pro-Team Award, in recognition of outstanding performance, leadership, and commitment".

Sep. 1997:   Elected as the TI's "Member, Group Technical Staff", in recognition for excellence in technical contributions to the Semiconductor Group at Texas Instruments, Inc.

1995-2000: Member of Texas Instruments Industrial Advisory Team to Rice Univ., Texas A&M Univ. Univ. of Nevada at Reno, Univ. of Arkansas, Ohio State Univ.  

1997-2001:  Member of the TI team for university R&D funding and recruiting.

1996-1998:  Member of TI-DSP product leadership team.

News Articles

Scientists Target Smartphone Technology to Improve Hearing Devices
Many scientists agree: The smartphone offers many applications and has become one of the most sophisticated technologies out there.
With the support of a $522,000, two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, a UT Dallas team wants to harness the power of smartphones to help improve the quality of life of people who wear hearing assistive devices (HAD), including hearing aids, cochlear implants and personal sound amplifiers.
NIH Funds to Spur Development of Technology for Hearing Impaired
A team of UT Dallas researchers has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop an open-source platform that will enable researchers and companies to create hearing enhancing smartphone apps.
Many smartphones feature advanced microphones and also use Bluetooth and wireless technology to connect to add-on devices. The $1.86 million, five-year grant will allow the researchers to develop a programmable, smartphone-based research platform for hearing aid studies, particularly for better filtering of sounds in various noisy environments and for providing noise-dependent speech enhancement with high quality and intelligibility.
Researchers Develop Smart Apps To Help People with Hearing Loss
University of Texas at Dallas researchers have developed smartphone-based apps that solve the biggest problems for people with hearing loss: filtering out background noise and improving speech perception.

One of the most recent apps, detailed in a study published online July 27 in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, uses artificial intelligence to remove extraneous babble, street background noise and other sounds via a smartphone and earbuds as well as devices using wired or wireless connection. The article is one of 67 studies that researchers have presented about their work for people with hearing loss in academic journals and at conferences since 2014.

The latest work, funded by a five-year, $1.86 million grant (5R01DC015430-05) from the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is part of an effort to develop an open-source research platform for speech processing and hearing improvement. The NIH also provided a two-year, $522,000 grant (5R56DC014020-02) in 2015 to use smartphone technology to improve hearing devices.