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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, Nanjing Institute of Technology, Nanjing, China, and his Ph.D. degree in 1994 from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Auburn University, 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 28,000 citations based on Google Scholar in April 2017, he has been listed in the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (Highly-Cited Researcher) by Thomson Reuters. He was elected as an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to signal processing for wireless communications in 2005, and he won the Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award in 2010, WTC Wireless Recognition Award in 2013, and Award for Advances in Communication in 2017 from IEEE Communications Society. He also received the James Evans Avant Garde Award in 2013 and the Jack Neubauer Memorial Award in 2014 from IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.

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 28,000 citations (April 2017) based on Google Scholar
  • Fellow of IEEE since 2006
  • S. O. Rice Prize Paper Award (2010), WTC Wireless Recognition Award (2013), and Award for Advances in Communication (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)

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)

J. Ma, G. Y. Li, and B.-H. Juang, "Signal processing in cognitive radio," The Proceedings of IEEE, vol. 97, no. 5, pp. 805 - 823, May 2009.

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.-C. Song and Y. (G.) Li, "Cross-layer optimization for OFDM wireless networks--Parts I and II," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 614-634, March 2005.

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, J. H. Winters, and N. R. Sollenberger, "MIMO-OFDM for wireless communications: signal detection with enhanced channel estimation," IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 50, pp. 1471-1477, September 2002.

Y. (G.) Li, N. Seshadri, and S. Ariyavisitakul, "Channel estimation for OFDM systems with transmitter diversity in mobile wireless channels," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 17, pp. 461-471, March 1999.

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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