Prof. Georgios Giannakis from ECE is ranked 18 worldwide in the areas of computer science and electronics, and has an H-index of 123. The author of more than 380 journal articles and 650 refereed conference proceedings publications, he has over 58,000 citations. In addition, he has authored seven books and numerous book chapters.
Prof. Giannakis has served as director of the University of Minnesota’s Digital Technology Center since 2008. He has also held the ADC Endowed Chair in Wireless Telecommunications since 2001. He holds 28 patents in wireless technologies, several related to the 4G LTE standard. More recently, he has been a pace-setting leader in bringing the power of statistical signals and system theory to the emerging challenges in the smart grid and the integration of renewable energy systems into the grid. He is ranked at the top in areas of signal processing and wireless communication.
He has received numerous awards from the University and professional organizations, including being named the inaugural recipient of the Fourier Technical Field Award in Signal Processing by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2015.
Prof. Giannakis has been honored with one of the University’s highest faculty awards, a McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair. The Presidential Endowed Chair acknowledges the critical contributions of University faculty to the missions of research, education, and public engagement. Prof. Giannakis is only the third professor from the College of Science and Engineering to receive the honor.
He has advised or co-advised 43 Ph.D. students and 55 post-doctoral fellows and has led more than 60 sponsored projects with funding in excess of $16 million. He leads a research team of 20, comprising doctoral students, postdoctoral associates, and visiting researchers.
Prof. Giannakis received his undergraduate degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1981. He went on to receive master’s degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics in 1983 and 1986 and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1986, all from the University of Southern California. After serving as a professor at the University of Virginia, Giannakis joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1999.