Swindlehurst Recognized for Paper’s Substantial Impact

Lee SwindlehurstMay 2, 2018 - Lee Swindlehurst, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, received the 2017 Donald G. Fink Overview Paper Award from the Signal Processing Society at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing in Calgary in late April. The award honors a journal article of broad interest to the signal processing community that has had substantial impact over several years on a subject related to the society's technical scope.

Swindlehurst co-authored the paper "An Overview of Massive MIMO: Benefits and Challenges" with colleagues from Georgia Tech, Bell Labs and the National University of Singapore. It was published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing in October 2014.

Massive MIMO (for multiple-input, multiple-output) wireless communications refers to the idea of equipping cellular base stations with a very large number of antennas and has been shown to potentially allow for orders-of-magnitude improvement in spectral and energy efficiency using relatively simple processing. The paper presents a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art research on the topic, which has recently attracted considerable attention due to the likelihood of massive MIMO being included in 5G communications standards.

Receiving this award was “a very nice honor,” said Swindlehurst. “I am happy to share it with such talented colleagues.”

– Lori Brandt

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