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Ulukus, Sennur

Ulukus, Sennur

Anthony Ephremides Professor in Information Sciences and Systems
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
2337 A.V. WIlliams
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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

BACKGROUND

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.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • 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


Alum Ahmed Arafa to join UNC Charlotte faculty this fall

The information theorist will be a tenure-track assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Sennur Ulukus is plenary speaker at Canadian Workshop on Information Theory

Ulukus spoke on private information retrieval capacity.

Ulukus, colleagues win Best Tutorial Paper Award

The paper summarizes recent contributions in the broad area of energy harvesting wireless communications.

Sennur Ulukus receives NSF grant to address important data-related medical device issue

When implanted medical devices transmit and process data, they can generate heat detrimental to body tissues.

Ulukus Named ECE Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Sennur Ulukus will serve as the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies from 2018-2021.

Ulukus named Anthony Ephremides Professor in Information Sciences and Systems

The chaired professorship provides annual support for a faculty member in the field of Information Sciences and Systems in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

Ulukus Named IEEE ITSOC Distinguished Lecturer

She has been selected by the Information Theory Society as one of only five Distinguished Lecturers for 2018-2019.

Clark School Researchers Recognized Among "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds"

Three Clark School faculty members have been named to Clarivate Analytics' 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list.

Ulukus is PI for new NSF information-theoretic physical layer security grant

The research will address practical issues arising from user misbehavior, conflicting user interests, lack of complete network state information; and to devise practically implementable codes.

ECE Names 2016-2017 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2016-17.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)