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Ulukus, Sennur

Ulukus, Sennur

Department Chair
Anthony Ephremides Professor in Information Sciences and Systems
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
ECE Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
2337 A.V. WIlliams Bldg.
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Sennur Ulukus is the Anthony Ephremides Professor in Information Sciences and Systems in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she also holds a joint appointment with the Institute for Systems Research (ISR). Prior to joining UMD, she was a Senior Technical Staff Member at AT&T Labs-Research. She received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB)Rutgers University, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University. Her research interests are in information theory, wireless communications, machine learning, signal processing and networks, with recent focus on private information retrieval, age of information, distributed coded computation, energy harvesting communications, physical layer security, and wireless energy and information transfer.

Dr. Ulukus is a fellow of the IEEE, and a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher of the University of Maryland. She received the 2003 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications, the 2019 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award, an 2005 NSF CAREER Award, the 2010-2011 ISR Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, and the 2012 ECE George Corcoran Outstanding Teaching Award. She is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society for 2018-2019. She is on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking since 2016. She was an Editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications–Series on Green Communications and Networking (2015-2016), IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2007-2010), and IEEE Transactions on Communications (2003-2007). She was a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (2015 and 2008), Journal of Communications and Networks (2012), and IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (2011). She is a TPC co-chair of 2019 ITW2017 IEEE ISIT2016 IEEE Globecom2014 IEEE PIMRC, and 2011 IEEE CTW.

Education

B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University

M.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University

Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rutgers University

Honors and awards

IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Technical Committee on Green Communications and Computing (TCGCC)  Distinguished Technical Achievement Recognition Award (2020)

IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award (2019)

Anthony Ephremides Endowed Professorship in Information Sciences and Systems (2018)

IEEE Information Theory Society Distinguished Lecturer (2018-2019)

Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher (2017)

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University of Maryland (2016)

IEEE Fellow "for contributions to characterizing performance limits of wireless networks" (2016)

ECE George Corcoran Outstanding Teaching Award (2012)

ISR Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award (2011)

NSF CAREER Award (2005)

IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications (2003)

Professional memberships

IEEE

 

Information theory, wireless communications, machine learning, signal processing, networks.

Recent focus:

  • Private information retrieval

  • Age of information

  • Distributed coded computation

  • Energy harvesting communications

  • Physical layer security

  • Wireless energy and information transfer


Algorithms balance learning speeds across tasks in communication networks

FedGradNorm is a distributed dynamic weighting algorithm that balances learning speeds across tasks by normalizing the corresponding gradient norms in PF-MTL. HOTA-FedGradNorm by uses over-the-air aggregation with FedGradNorm in a hierarchical FL setting.

Sennur Ulukus Announced as New ECE Chair

Tenure as Chair began November 7, 2022

FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington visits UMD 5G Secure Test Bed

Simington participated in a CTIA meeting on 5G security and test bed tour hosted by ISR.

Dean's Circle Spotlight: A Blueprint for Human-Oriented Innovation

Anthony Ephremides, the founder of the field of ad-hoc wireless networks, is one of Maryland Engineering's most philanthropic faculty members.

Ulukus to speak at VASEM Summit on Oct. 25

The invitation-only summit is sponsored by Virginia's Commonwealth Cyber Initiative.

Alum Ahmed Arafa wins NSF CAREER Award

Arafa will explore using Age of Information metrics for federated learning, cloud computing and remote sensing.

Alum Ravi Tandon appointed to named chair at University of Arizona.

The 2010 ECE Ph.D. is a specialist in wireless networks, security and ML, and had been granted tenure less than a year ago.

ECE Launches 14th Year of Booz Allen Hamilton Colloquium Series

Eight speakers to be featured during Fall semester.

Sennur Ulukus receives 2020 IEEE ComSoc WICE Outstanding Achievement Award

Ulukus honored "for outstanding technical work and for achieving a high degree of visibility in the field of communications engineering, through research and service."

Buyukates and Bastopcu win Best Student Paper Award at IEEE SPAWC 2021

The paper investigates version age scaling in general gossip network models which exhibit a community structure.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • Fellow, 2016