Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1977
M.A., in Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, 1976
M.S., in Electrical Engineering, Auburn University, 1974
B.E.E., with Highest Honor, Auburn University, 1972
Room: C230 Engineering Quadrangle
Research Areas and Interests
My current research activities are focused on advances in several fields of rapid technology development, notably wireless networks, social networks and smart grid.
The dramatic increase in demand for new capacity and higher performance has been a major issue in the design and deployment of contemporary wireless networks. The development of these capabilities is severely limited by the scarcity of two of the principal resources in wireless networks: energy and bandwidth. Emerging generations of wireless standards are addressing these issues through the use of technique such as cooperative communications and spectrum sharing. One focus of our recent work in wireless networks has addressed the fundamental limits of such techniques through the information theoretic analyses of relay and interference channels. A further issue that we are addressing is the fundamental ability of the physics of the radio channel to provide security in data transmission, and the development of codes and other methods to exploit this capability.
In the area of social networks, our focus has been on two areas of interest. The first is the development of new models and analytical techniques for studying the degrees of social separation in small-world networks, and the application of such models to aid in the understanding of social phenomena that have been observed in experimental studies of social networks. The second area of interest has been the development of an on-line content trading platform, and the use of this platform as an experimental test-bed to investigate the behavior of users in various types of content sharing and content trading scenarios.
Smart grid has emerged as a key technology for improving the efficiency, efficacy and security of the distribution and consumption of electric power, and particularly for the integration of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power, into the electricity grid. Our work in this area has focused on the use of advanced methods from communications and information technology to address several issues arising in this context, including the detection and amelioration of bad data attacks, the study of privacy issues for both operators and consumers, and development of distributed algorithms for state estimation and control of the grid.
Preprints of my recent and forthcoming publications describing this research can be found on the ArXiv website . Other publications describing recent research progress in related areas can be found there as well.
Honors and Awards
- Corresponding Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh (elected 2013)
- D.Eng. honoris causa, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2012)
- D.Tech. honoris causa, Aalborg University (2012)
- Fellow, Institution of Engineering and Technology (2012)
- Member, National Academy of Sciences (elected 2011)
- Society Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society (2011)
- IEEE Information Theory Paper Award (2011)
- D.Sc. honoris causa, University of Edinburgh (2011)
- IEEE Eric Sumner Award (2011)
- IET Ambrose Fleming Medal for Achievement in Communications (2010)
- International Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering (U.K.) (elected 2009)
- Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award, IEEE Communications Society (2009)
- Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award, IEEE Information Theory Society (20008)
- IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr., Education Medal (2005)
- Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (elected 2005)
- Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2002)
- Member, National Academy of Engineering (U.S.) (elected 2001)
- Fellow, Optical Society of America (elected 2001)
- Fellow, Institute of Mathematical Statistics (elected 2001)
- Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected 1991)
- Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (elected 1987)
Concurrent University Appointments
- Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
- Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Associated Faculty
- Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Associated Faculty