Prof. Georgios B. Giannakis Named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair Professor Georgios B. Giannakis has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Election to NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction conferred solely on academic inventors. The 2019 class of Fellows has 168 prolific academic inventors from across the world. The Fellows Program calls attention to academic inventors “who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.” 

Georgios is a renowned, field-shaping engineer and scientist best known for his contributions to the fundamental understanding of signal processing, wireless communications, networking, and data science. He leads a research team whose work has had significant impact on a variety of technologically important fields, including the Internet of Things, social, brain, and power networks with renewables.

Georgios holds over 32 U.S. and foreign wireless communications patents, several of them related to the 4G LTE standard, signal processing, and power systems. He has authored and co-authored more than 450 journal, and more than 750 conference publications, 25 book chapters, two books, and two research monographs (the latter are marked by 73,000 Google Scholar citations and an h-index 143). He is the recipient of 10 best journal paper awards from the IEEE Signal Processing SP, and Communications Societies (papers were authored by multiple researchers), technical achievement awards, the IEEE Fourier Technical Field Award, and the IEEE Communications Society Education Award.

Over the years, Georgios has led more than 65 sponsored projects with funding in excess of $17 million. He has mentored 50 doctoral students and 25 postdoctoral researchers,all of whom are currently pursuing illustrious careers in industry, academia, and government labs. 

The 2019 NAI Fellows will be inducted to NAI in the annual NAI meeting on April 8-10, 2020 at The Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ.

In more recent news, Georgios has also been selected for the 2019 IEEE SPS Norbert Wiener Society Award for fundamental contributions to statistical signal processing, especially for networking and communications, and for outstanding mentoring of young researchers. The award will be presented at ICASSP 2020 (International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing) to be held in Barcelona, Spain in early May.

Georgios earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering and mathematics from the University of Southern California (USC), and his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from USC in 1986. He began teaching at the University of Virginia in 1987, rising from assistant to full professor by 1998. In 1999, he moved to the University of Minnesota and currently directs the Digital Technology Center (since 2008). Since 2016 he has also held the McKnight Presidential Chair in ECE.