Description: Postdoctoral position in the theoretical analysis, focused on the communications side, of the fundamental performance limits of spectrum sharing between communications and radar systems.
Location: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, in downtown Chicago, IL
PI: Daniela Tuninetti, Natasha Devroye, Danilo Erricolo (with collaborator Mark Bell at Purdue)
Topic: The 2012 report to the President entitled "Realizing the Full Potential of Government-Held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth" recommends releasing portions of the large governmental radar bands to be shared with commercial wireless services. The goal of the post-doc’s research is to identify viable sharing mechanisms between radar and communication systems, which traditionally are operated on non-overlapping bands and are engineered to attain very different goals, so that they may co-exist in a way that is minimally harmful, or ideally beneficial, to both. The post-doc will work with Professors Tuninetti, Devroye, Erricolo (all at UIC) and occasionally collaborate with Professor Mark Bell at Purdue in pursing research along the following lines: 1) understand and model the impact of overlapping frequency bands on current, unaltered radar and communication systems; 2) explore the usage of coding in a communication system to improve resilience to radar interference; 3) the joint design of communication and radar systems, where the information-theoretic understanding of the tradeoffs between communication data rates and estimation rates is at the base of this cooperative design. At UIC, particular attention will be paid to effect of radar on the communications system (rather than the reverse) and hence a strong foundation in wireless communications, communications theory and information theory is desirable.
This is supported by the NSF under award: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1443967&HistoricalAwards=false
Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D degree — ideally with a focus on any of communication theory, wireless communications, signal processing for communications, and information theory — and a strong publication record, independent thinking, and excellent oral and written communication skills.
The position will remain open until filled. Available immediately for duration a minimum of 1 year, possibly up to 2.
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