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Communication Theory and Systems

The communications group at UCSD has grown rapidly in recent years and is now among the largest in the country. Twenty faculty members conduct research in communications, networks, and signal processing, with emphasis ranging from abstract theory and performance analysis to system design and implementation. The group is seeking exceptional Ph.D. students interested in communications research.

Faculty and research areas

Anthony Acampora Wireless and Optical Networks, broadband wireless packet access
Pamela Cosman Data compression, image/video processing, biomedical images, video transmission, cross-layer optimization
Pankaj Das Acousto-optics, opto-electronics, spread-spectrum communications, oversampling.
Massimo Franceschetti Random processes, channel characterization
Tara Javidi Communications networks, scheduling, routing, performance analysis
Young-Han Kim Statistical signal processing and information theory, with applications in communication, networking, data compression, and information processing
Bill Lin Architectures for networking and communications systems
Robert Lugannani Wireless, digital and spread spectrum communications
Elias Masry Statistical signal processing, estimation theory, communication systems.
Laurence Milstein Communications, signal processing
Alon Orlitsky Smart antennas, speech coding and recognition
John Proakis Network protocols, energy-efficient communications
Bhaskar Rao Signal processing and coding for data storage and transmission
Ramesh Rao Error-correcting codes, soft-decision and iterative decoding
Paul Siegel Intelligent systems and control
Alexander Vardy Signal processing and coding for for data storage and transmission
Nuno Vasconcelos Statistical signal processing, image and video analysis and compression, machine learning, multimedia
Ken Zeger Information coding and data compression, information theory, and signal processing, including image and speech processing.
James Zeidler Adaptive signal and array processing for wireless networks, and antenna arrays.

Information for prospective students

Most Ph.D. students are fully supported throughout their studies with Research Assistantships providing a monthly stipend and tuition waiver. In addition, several fellowships are awarded annually, affording their awardees broad freedom to select their advisor and research area.

If you would like to apply, please follow the instructions on Graduate Application Information.

Communications in the San Diego Area

Called "Wireless Valley" by the New York Times, the Sorrento Valley north of UCSD is home to several hundred communications companies. Faculty members cooperate with a number of these and other companies through the school's Center for Wireless Communications, Center for Magnetic Recording ResearchCenter for Information Theory and Applications, and The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.

About UCSD

UCSD's student body is comprised of fifteen thousand undergraduates and three thousand graduates. Its faculty includes five Nobel Laureates, fifty four members of the National Academy of Sciences and eleven members of the National Academy of Engineering. UCSD ranks third among all universities in volume of federal research funds per faculty member, and ranks first in science productivity among all public institutions. To find out more about UCSD, join the University's virtual tour.

Location and recreation

The UCSD campus is located in a 1,200-acre eucalyptus grove on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. La Jolla and San Diego are minutes away with numerous restaurants, art galleries and theaters. The region's temperate weather allows for year-round outdoor activities such as swimming, surfing, cycling and hiking. Winter skiing and the wilderness of Baja California are within a few hours' drive.