Robert Wendell Heath, Jr.

Robert Wendell Heath, Jr.

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North Carolina State University
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Robert W. Heath Jr. received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, in 1996 and 1997 respectively, and the Ph.D. from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 2002, all in electrical engineering. From 1998 to 2001, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff then a Senior Consultant at Iospan Wireless Inc, San Jose, CA where he worked on the design and implementation of the physical and link layers of the first commercial MIMO-OFDM communication system. From 2002-2020 he was with The University of Texas at Austin, most recently as Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering and Director of UT SAVES. He is currently the Lampe Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University. He is also President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc. and Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC. His research interests include several aspects of wireless communication and signal processing: MIMO, limited feedback techniques, multihop networking, manifold signal processing, millimeter wave communication techniques, and vehicular communication systems. He authored ``Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication'' (Prentice Hall, 2017) and ``Digital Wireless Communication: Physical Layer Exploration Lab Using the NI USRP'' (National Technology and Science Press, 2012), and co-authored ``Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications'' (Prentice Hall, 2014) and ``Foundations of MIMO Communication'' (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Dr. Heath is currently Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. He has been an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communication, an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and lead guest editor for an IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications special issue on limited feedback communication, lead guest editor for an IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing special issue on Heterogenous Networks, lead guest editor for an IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Special Issue entitled the Signal Processing Revolution, and lead guest editor for an IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing special issue on Signal Processing for Millimeter Wave Communication. He was on the steering committee for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from 2011-2014. He was a member of the Signal Processing for Communications Technical Committee in the IEEE Signal Processing Society and is a former Chair of the IEEE COMSOC Communications Technical Theory Committee. He was a technical co-chair for the 2007 Fall Vehicular Technology Conference, general chair of the 2008 Communication Theory Workshop, general co-chair, technical co-chair and co-organizer of the 2009 IEEE Signal Processing for Wireless Communications Workshop, local co-organizer for the 2009 IEEE CAMSAP Conference, technical co-chair for the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, the technical chair for the 2011 Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, general chair for the 2013 Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, founding general co-chair for the 2013 IEEE GlobalSIP conference, and was technical co-chair for the 2014 IEEE GLOBECOM conference. He has co-organized a number of Workshops at IEEE ICC and IEEE GLOBECOM. Dr. Heath co-authored of a number of award-winning papers published in conferences and journals. He was co-recipient of the 2010 and 2013 EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking best paper awards, the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine best paper award, a 2013 Signal Processing Society best paper award, the 2014 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing best paper award, the 2014 and 2018 Journal of Communications and Networks best paper awards, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the 2017 Marconi Prize Paper Award, the 2019 IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize, he 2020 IEEE Signal Processing Society Overview Paper Award and the 2021 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Neal Shepherd Memorial Best Propagation Paper Award. He received the 2017 IEEE Communication Theory Technical Committee Outstanding Service Award, the 2018 IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee (WTC) Recognition Award, the 2017 EURASIP Technical Achievement award, the 2019 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award and the and the 2021 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society James Evans Avant Garde Award. He was a distinguished lecturer in the IEEE Signal Processing Society and is a Highly Cited Researcher. He was a 2003 Frontiers in Education New Faculty Fellow. He was an elected member-at-large of the Board of Governors for the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2016-2018), is an elected member-at-large of the Board of Governors for the IEEE Communications Society (2020-2022). In 2017, he was selected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a Private Pilot, and a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.