One of the most influential scientists in the field of Computer Science
Georgios B. Giannakis is a computer scientist, Endowed Chair Professor in Wireless Telecommunications, and Director of the Digital Technology Center at the University of Minnesota. According to the Thomson Reuters list with the most influential people on their field of expertise, Georgios Giannakis is one of the 3.000 scientists that have excelled in their science for the year 2015.
Born in Greece on the 27th of February, in 1958, Giannakis received his MA in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1981, his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1983, his M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Southern California in 1986, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California also in 1986.
After his promotion Giannakis started at the University of Virginia as Assistant Professor in 1987, became Associate Professor in 1992, and Professor in 1997. From 1999 to 2001 he was Professor at the University of Minnesota and since 2001 ADC Endowed Chair Professor in Wireless Telecommunications. Since 2008 he is also Director of the Digital Technology Center at the University of Minnesota. From 1986 to 1987 he was Instructor and Research Associate, at EE-Systems Dept., at the University of Southern California, from 1982 to1986 he was Research Assistant, EE-Systems Department, University of Southern California, from 1982 to 1985 a Teaching Assistant / Grader, EE-Systems Department at the University of Southern California, and from 1981 to 1982 an Instructor for a private educational center, in Athens, Greece.
His area of expertise is mostly Wireless Communications and Networking, Statistical Signal Processing, and Sensor Networks.
He has received many honors and awards throughout his career, such as: EURASIP Fellow, 2008, EURASIP Technical Achievement Award, 2005, G. Taylor Research Award, 2004, IEEE-SP Soc. Tech. Achievement Award, 2000, IEEE Fellow, 1996.
“My general interests span the areas of communications, networking and signal processing, estimation and detection theory, time-series analysis, and system identification. Areas of past research have included (poly)spectral analysis, wavelets, cyclostationary, and non-Gaussian signal processing with applications to sensor arrays and image processing. Current research focuses on complex-field and network coding, cooperative wireless communications, cognitive radios, cross-layer designs, mobile ad hoc networks, and wireless sensor networks”.
Giannakis has also supervised numerous Ph.D theses, and is also the author of numerous books and book chapters, but most importantly he has issued more than 27 patents, and has collaborated with great scientists at a national and international level.