Elza Erkip

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Elza Erkip


Affiliation: New York University Tandon School of Engineering

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Research Interests

  • Communication Networks
  • Communications
  • Shannon Theory


Elza Erkip a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY, USA. She received the B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.  Her research interests are in information theory, communication theory, and wireless communications.

Dr. Erkip is a member of the Science Academy of Turkey and is among the 2014 and 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers. She received the NSF CAREER award in 2001 and the IEEE Communications Society WICE Outstanding Achievement Award in 2016. Her paper awards include the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Paper Prize in 2004, and the IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication in 2013. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society since 2012 where she is currently the First Vice President.   She was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society from 2013 to 2014.

Dr. Erkip has had many editorial and conference organization responsibilities. Some recent ones include Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, MIMO Communications and Signal Processing Track Chair in 2017, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference Technical Co-Chair in 2017, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications Guest Editor in 2015, and IEEE International Symposium of Information Theory General Co-Chair in 2013.

Participation & Positions:

Nominations and Appointments Committee (Ex-Officio, 2019)
Constitution and Bylaws Committee (Ex-Officio, 2019)
Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award Selection Committee (Ex-officio, 2019)
Board of Governors (Junior Past President, 2019)
Ad-hoc Committee on Society Finances (Ex-Officio, 09/21/18 until 12/31/18)
Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (Chair, 02/11/18 until 12/31/19)
Online Committee (Ex-officio, 2018)
External Nominations Committee (Ex-officio, 2018)
Conference Committee (Ex-Officio, 2018)
Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award Selection Committee (Ex-officio and Chair, 2018)
Claude E. Shannon Award Selection Committee (Ex-officio and Chair, 2018)
Board of Governors (President, 2018)
Publications Committee (Ex-officio, 2017)
Online Committee (Ex-officio, 2017)
Conference Committee (Ex-Officio, 2017)
Thomas M. Cover Dissertation Award Subcommittee (Ex-officio, 2017)
Claude E. Shannon Award Selection Committee (Ex-officio, 2017)
Awards Committee (Ex-Officio and Chair, 2017)
Board of Governors (First Vice President, 2017)
Student Subcommittee (Ex-officio, 2016)
Publications Committee (Ex-officio, 01/01/16 until 12/31/18)
Information Theory School Subcommittee (Ex-officio, 2016)
Student Subcommittee (Ex-officio, 2016)
Outreach Subcommittee (Ex-officio, 2016)
Membership Committee (Ex-Officio and Chair, 2016)
Conference Committee (Member, 2016)
James L. Massey Research and Teaching Award for Young Scholars Selection Subcommittee (Ex-officio, 2016)
Claude E. Shannon Award Selection Committee (Ex-officio, 2016)
Awards Committee (Ex-Officio, 2016)
Board of Governors (Second Vice President, 2016)
Conference Committee (Chair, 01/01/13 until 12/31/15)
Board of Governors (Conference Committee Chair, 01/01/13 until 12/31/15)
ITSOC Distinguished Lecturers (Lecturer, 01/01/13 until 12/31/14)
Student Subcommittee (Chair, 2012)
Student Subcommittee (Chair, 2012)
Outreach Subcommittee (Member, 01/01/12 until 12/31/14)
Conference Committee (Member, 2012)
Board of Governors (Member, 01/01/12 until 12/31/14)
Awards Committee (Member, 01/01/10 until 12/31/11)
Publications Committee (Associate Editor for Shannon Theory, 01/01/09 until 12/31/11)
Publications Committee (Publications Editor, 01/01/06 until 12/31/08)

Author Of:

C.T. Ng , D. Gunduz , A. Goldsmith , E. Erkip , "Minimum Expected Distortion in Gaussian Layered Broadcast Coding with Successive Refinement", Proc. of IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Nice, France, Jun. 2007