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Geoffrey Ye Li received his B.S.E. and M.S.E. degrees in 1983 and 1986, respectively, from the Department of Wireless Engineering at the Nanjing Institute of Technology in Nanjing, China, and his Ph.D. degree in 1994 from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.

He was with the University of Maryland at College Park, as a post-doctoral research associate from 1994 to 1996 and with AT&T Labs-Research at Red Bank, N.J., as a senior and then a principal technical staff member from 1996 to 2000. Since 2000, he has been with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology as an associate professor and then a full professor. He has also held the Cheung Kong Scholar title at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China since March 2006.

His general research interests include statistical signal processing and communications. With around 30,000 citations based on Google Scholar in October 2017, he has been listed as the World’s Most Influential Scientific Mind (Highly-Cited Researcher) by Thomson Reuters. He was elected as an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to signal processing for wireless communications in 2005. He won the Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award in 2010, WTC Wireless Recognition Award in 2013, Award for Advances in Communication in 2017, TCGCC Distinguished Technical Achievement Recognition Award in 2017, and SPCE Technical Recognition Award in 2017 from the IEEE Communications Society. He received the James Evans Avant Garde Award in 2013 and the Jack Neubauer Memorial Award in 2014 from IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He also received 2015 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Research interests: 
  • Statistical signal processing and machine learning for communications
  • Cross-layer optimization for spectrum- and energy-efficient wireless networks
  • Cognitive radios and opportunistic spectrum access
  • Practical issues in 5G and IoT
  • World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (Highly-Cited Researcher) by Thomson Reuters, Around 30,000 citations (October 2017) based on Google Scholar
  • Fellow of IEEE since 2006
  • S. O. Rice Prize Paper Award (2010), WTC Wireless Recognition Award (2013), Award for Advances in Communication (2017), TCGCC Distinguished Technical Achievement Recognition Award (2017), and SPCE Technical Recognition Award (2017) from the IEEE Communications Society
  • James Evans Avant Garde Award (2013) and Jack Neubauer Memorial Award (2014) from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
  • Past or current editorial activities for over 20 IEEE journals, including founding the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE 5G Tech Focus
  • Technical program vice-chair of IEEE ICC’03, technical program co-chair of IEEE SPAWC’11, general chair of GlobalSIP’14, technical program vice-chair of IEEE VTC’16 (Spring)

H. Ye, G. Y. Li, and F. J.-H. Juang, “Power of deep learning for channel equalization and signal detection in OFDM systems,” to appear in IEEE Wireless Communications Letters (also in

L. Liang, G. Y. Li, and W. Xu, “Resource allocation for D2D-enabled vehicular communications,” IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 65, no. 7, pp. 3186-3197, July 2017.

L. Lu, G. Y. Li, L. A. Swindlehurst, A. Ashikhmin, and R. Zhang, “An overview of massive MIMO: benefits and challenges,” IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 742 – 758, October 2014. (in best readings at

D.-Q. Feng, L. Lu, Y. Yuan-Wu, G. Y. Li, G. Feng, and S.-Q. Li, “Device-to-device communications in underlying cellular networks,” IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 61, no. 8, pp. 3541 – 3551, August 2013. (highlighted in IEEE ComSoc Technology News in December 2014 at

Y.-C. Liang, K.-C. Chen, G. Y. Li, and P. Mähönen, “Cognitive radio networking and communications: an overview,” IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 60, no. 7, pp. 3386 – 3407, September 2011. (won 2014 Jack Neubauer Memorial Award)

Y. Chen, S.-Q. Zhang, S.-G. Xu, and G. Y. Li, “Fundamental tradeoffs on green wireless networks,” IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 49, no. 6, pp. 30 – 37, June 2011. (won 2017 Award for Advances in Communication)

G. Song, Y. (G.) Li, and L. J. Cimini, Jr., "Joint channel- and queue-aware scheduling for multiuser diversity in wireless multicarrier networks," IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 57, no. 7, pp. 2109 - 2121, July 2009. (won Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award)

G. Ganesan and Y. (G.) Li, "Cooperative spectrum sensing in cognitive radio: Parts I and II," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 6, pp. 2204-2222, June 2007.

G. L. Stuber, J. Barry, S. McLaughlin, Y. (G.) Li, M. A. Ingram, and T. Pratt, "Broadband MIMO-OFDM wireless communications," Proceedings of IEEE, vol. 92, pp.271-294, February 2004.

Y. (G.) Li and K. J. R. Liu, "Adaptive blind multi-channel equalization for multiple signal separation," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 44, pp. 2864-2876, November 1998.

Y. (G.) Li, L. J. Cimini, Jr., and N. R. Sollenberger, "Robust channel estimation for OFDM systems with rapid dispersive fading channels," IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 46, pp. 902-915, July 1998.

Y. Li and Z. Ding, "Global convergence of fractionally spaced Godard adaptive equalizers," IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol. 44, pp. 818-826, April 1996.

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