Bichai Wang

Research Area Resource allocation and signal processing of non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA)
Current position PhD Candidate, Tsinghua University, China
Education Bachelor, Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University
Young Scholar Prize Research As service providers around the world test and launch 5G networks to deliver next generation communications services to billions, it is clear that conventional network access schemes cannot meet the radical spectrum efficiency and connectivity requirements of 5G.  Many in the industry are looking to Non Orthogonal Multiple Access (NOMA) to meet these needs.  The standard-setting body for 5G, the 3GPP, currently has 15 NOMA schemes before it, making it difficult to standardize on how to deliver specific use cases.  Wang proposed the first-ever unified framework to systematically compare the different schemes by looking at features, spectral efficiency, receiver complexity and other key criteria to help the industry understand the tradeoffs between different schemes and where to focus.
Other Honors IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Outstanding Paper Award in 2018
IEEE VTC’17-Fall Best Student Paper Award in 2017
National Scholarship of China in 2016
Fun Fact I enjoy climbing and traveling during my spare time

Vasuki Narasimha Swamy

Research Area Wireless Communication Systems Design, Machine Learning
Current position Research Scientist, Intel Labs
Education PhD, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
MS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Technology, Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madreas
Young Scholar Prize Research Many of the most compelling Internet of Things applications, such as affordable precision agriculture, smart energy-efficient cities and advanced flexible manufacturing, depend on large-scale, highly reliable, low latency networks.  Narasimha Swamy created a fundamentally different way to design these networks by identifying the worst-case scenario in each assumption in a simple wireless channel model and determining which assumptions are most critical to refine to make the network deliver the required performance.
Other Honors Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher at Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley 2018
Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant 2017
Berkeley Graduate Fellowship 2012 – 2014
Fun Fact I love creating things through a variety of means like origami, crocheting and pottery. In fact, I can create pottery blindfolded!

Min-Yu Huang

Research Area New System Architecture for Emerging Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications and Networks
Current position PhD candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology
Education PhD, 2014-present, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
BS, 2009-2013, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Ranking #1), National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Young Scholar Prize Research Innovative system architectures combine mathematical, physical and IC engineering approaches to overcome many inherent challenges for future communications and achieve state-of-the-art performance for emerging low-latency applications.
Other Honors Recipient of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Predoctoral Achievement Award (2019)
Recipient of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Graduate Fellowship (2018)
Recipient and Leading Author of IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Best Student Paper Award (2016)
Recipient of Scholarship of the Outstanding Student in Engineering, Chinese Institute of Engineers, Taiwan (2013)
Fun Fact I love playing and watching baseball as well as exploring nature trails/reserves in my spare time.

Rajalakshmi Nandakumar

Research Area Wireless sensor technology
Current position PhD candidate at the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
Education Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Guindy, India
Young Scholar Prize Research Using smart phones to track physiological activities, such as respiration and movement, to solve pressing health care problems from sleep apnea to opioid overdoses.
Other Honors 2018 Judy Su Clinical research award UW
2018 Rising Stars Program
2016 UW CoMotion Graduate Student Innovator award
2016 Honorable mention award in ACM CHI conference
Fun Fact I love heights and always look for adventure activities in my vacations. Some of the memorable ones are bungee jumping in Victoria Falls, parasailing in Bangkok and skydiving in Seattle.