P. Takis Mathiopoulos

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P. Takis Mathiopoulos has been recently elected Professor of Digital Communications in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens where is has been teaching part-time since 2003. He obtained his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of Patras and M.Eng. degree with specialization in Microwaves from Carleton University, and the Ph.D. degree in digital communications from the University of Ottawa, Canada, in 1989. From 1982 - 1986, he was with Raytheon Canada Ltd., working in the areas of air navigational and satellite communications. In 1989, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, where he was a faculty member for 13 years, and from 2000 – 2003 he was holding the rank of Professor. He is currently Director of Research at the Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing (ISARS), National Observatory of Athens (NOA), where he established and directed the Wireless Communications Research Group. As ISARS' Director, he has led the Institute to a significant expansion R&D growth, and international scientific recognition. For these achievements, ISARS has been selected as a national Centre of Excellence for the years 2005 to 2008. Since 2003 he also teaches part-time at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of Athens. In 2008 and for a period of 5 years he was appointed Guest Professor at the Southwest Jiaotong University, China.

For the last 20 years he has been conducting research mainly on the physical layer of digital communication systems for terrestrial and satellite applications, including digital communications over fading and interference environments. He is also interested in channel characterization and measurements, modulation and coding techniques, network coding, cooperative communications, SIMO/MIMO, UWB, OFDM, and software/cognitive radios. In these areas, he has co-authored more than 80 journal papers, mostly published in IEEE journals, 4 book chapters and some 110 conference papers. He has supervised the thesis of 10 PhD students and more then 15 postdoctoral fellows, many of whom hold faculty positions in Canadian, USA and Greek Universities. His research has been funded by Canadian, European and Greek funding agencies as he has been the PI of more than 40 research grants.

He co-authored a paper in GLOBECOM'89 establishing for the first time in the open technical literature the link between MLSE and multiple (or multi-symbol) differential detection for the AWGN and fading channels. In September 2005, this contribution has been acknowledged by the Editors of IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications as a breakthrough and a seminal paper which has been selected as one of the four most influential papers of the last 40 years in the field of noncoherent detection. He has received numerous awards, including an ASI Fellowship, a Killam Research Fellowship and a best paper award from the 2008 International Conference on Communication, Control, and Signal Processing.

Dr. Mathiopoulos has been or currently serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals, including the IET Communications, and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS (1993 -2005). He has regularly acted as a Consultant for various governmental and private organizations. Since 1993, he has served on a regular basis as a scientific advisor and a technical expert for the European Commission (EC). He has been a member of the TPC of more than 50 international conferences, as well as the Vice Chair for the Spring 2006-S IEEE VTC and the 2008-F IEEE VTC. He has delivered numerous invited presentations, including plenary lectures, and has taught many short courses all over the world.

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