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Venugopal V. Veeravalli

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Venugopal V. Veeravalli
Venugopal V. Veeravalli
Professor
106 Coordinated Science Lab MC 228
1308 W. Main St.
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-0144

Primary Research Area

  • Communications - Signal detection and estimation

Education

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 1992

Biography

Venugopal V. Veeravalli received the Ph.D. degree in 1992 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the M.S. degree in 1987 from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, and the B. Tech. degree in 1985 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, (Silver Medal Honors), all in Electrical Engineering. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University during 1992-1993.

He joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory. He was an assistant professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY from 1996 to 2000, and has held visiting faculty positions at MIT, Rice University, and IISc Bangalore. He served as a program director for communications research at the U.S. National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA from 2003-2005.  

His research interests include distributed sensor systems and networks, wireless communications, detection and estimation theory, and information theory.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE, is currently on the SPTM Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and has been on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society.  He has been an Associate Editor for Detection and Estimation for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He is currently on the editorial boards of Communications in Information and Systems and Journal of Statistical Theory and Practice.

Among the awards he has received for research and teaching are the IEEE Browder J. Thompson Best Paper Award in 1996, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 1998, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 1999, the Michael Tien Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Engineering, Cornell University in 1999, and the Xerox Award for faculty research from the College of Engineering, UIUC in 2003. He was a Beckman Associate at the Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois during the 2002-2003 academic year. He was a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Signal Processing Society for 2010-2011.

Academic Positions

  • Professor (2005-present), Information Trust Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Professor (2005-present), Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Professor (2005-present), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

For more information

Venugopal V. Veeravalli's home page

Other Professional Employment

Program Director, (2003-2005) CISE/CCF/TF, National Science Foundation.

Teaching Statement

Professor Veeravalli teaches undergraduate courses on communication systems, probability, and signal and systems, big data, and graduate courses on detection and estimation theory, information theory, communication theory, and wireless communication.

Research Statement

Veeravalli conducts research on big data, sensor networks, wireless communications, detection and estimation theory, and information theory.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Illinois Center for Wireless Systems (ICWS) supports undergraduate scholars who are interested in working on topics related to wireless communication. Please see www.icws.illinois.edu.

Research Interests

  • Signal Processing for Big Data
  • Sensor networks
  • Information theory
  • Wireless communication
  • Detection and estimation theory

Research Areas

  • Adaptive signal processing
  • Computer security, privacy, and information trust
  • Information theory
  • Machine learning and pattern recognition
  • Random processes
  • Signal detection and estimation
  • Stochastic systems and control
  • Wireless communication systems

Chapters in Books

V.V. Veeravalli and T. Banerjee. "Quickest Change Detection." In E-Reference Signal Processing. Elsevier, 2013. Also available at http://arxiv.org/pdf/1210.5552v1.pdf.

Invited Lectures

  • Data-Efficient Quickest Change Detection
  • Universal Outlier Hypothesis Testing

Other Scholarly Activities

General Chair, IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2014.

Honors

  • IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer, 2010-2011
  • Fellow of the IEEE, 2006
  • Invited session organizer and speaker, 2001 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Conference.
  • 1998  National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 1998 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by the White House to recognize outstanding research in wireless communications and for innovations in teaching. This is ``the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding new scientists and engineers who are in the early stages of establishing their independent research careers.''
  • 1996 IEEE Browder J. Thompson Award, an award given to an outstanding paper by authors under the age of 30 selected from all the publications of the IEEE. The award winning paper: "A Sequential Procedure for Multihypothesis Testing."

Teaching Honors

  • University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, Fall 2013
  • University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, Spring 2012
  • University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, Fall 2010 for two courses (ECE 562 and ECE 563).
  • University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, Spring 2010
  • University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, Fall 2007
  • University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, Spring 2007
  • Michael Tien Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Engineering, Cornell University, 1999.

Research Honors

  • Plenary speaker at the IEEE SAM Workshop, Hoboken, NJ, June 2012
  • Plenary speaker at the International Workshop on Information Fusion, Xian, China, August 2011
  • 2006 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award (with Jean-Francois Chamberland) for "Decentralized Detection in Sensor Networks," IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 51(2): 407-416, February 2003
  • Plenary speaker at the IEEE Communication Theory Workshop, Sedona, Arizona, May 2007.
  • Keynote speaker at the International Worskhop on Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks (IWWAN), New York, NY, June 2006.
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 2003.
  • Beckman Associate of the Center for Advanced Study, UIUC, 2002-2003.