14th Annual TFI Technology Conference


Robert W. Heath, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

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Dr. Robert W. Heath Jr. is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and holds the Cullen Trust for Higher Education Professorship in Engineering #6.

He is director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group and the Wireless Systems Innovations Lab. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, in 1996 and 1997 respectively, and the Ph.D. from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 2002, all in electrical engineering. From 1998 to 2001, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff then a Senior Consultant at Iospan Wireless Inc, San Jose, CA where he worked on the design and implementation of the physical and link layers of the first commercial MIMO-OFDM communication system.

Since January 2002, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc. He authored "Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication" (Prentice Hall, 2017) and  "Digital Wireless Communication: Physical Layer Exploration Lab Using the NI USRP'' (National Technology and Science Press, 2012), and co-authored "Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications'' (Prentice Hall, 2014) and "Foundations of MIMO Communication" (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Dr. Heath has been a co-author of sixteen award winning conference and journal papers including  the 2010 and 2013 EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking best paper awards, the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine best paper award, a 2013 Signal Processing Society best paper award, 2014 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing best paper award, the 2014 and 2017 Journal of Communications and Networks best paper awards, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 2016 IEEE Communications and  Information Theory Societies Joint Paper Award, and the 2017 Marconi Prize Paper Award. He received the 2017 EURASIP Technical Achievement award  and is co-recipient of the 2019 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. He was a distinguished lecturer and member of the Board of Governors in the IEEE Signal Processing Society. In 2017, he was selected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is also a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a Private Pilot, a registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine.