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Full name: 
Steven W McLaughlin
Job title: 
School Chair-Academic
; Steve W. Chaddick School Chair
Technical Interest Groups: Telecommunications
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404/894-2902
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404.894.4641
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VL W215

Steven W. McLaughlin received the B.S.E.E. degree from Northwestern University, the M.S.E. degree from Princeton University, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan. He joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech in September 1996 where is now Steve W. Chaddick School Chair for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2007-2012, he was Vice Provost for International Initiatives and Steven A. Denning Chair in Global Engagement. As Vice Provost, he was responsible for Georgia Tech's global engagement in research, education, and economic development. He was also President of GT Global, Inc. a not-for-profit corporation created to manage select Georgia Tech international initiatives.

In 2011, he was awarded the honor Chevalier dans l`Ordre Nationale de Merite, (Knight of the French National Order of Merit), the second highest civilian award given by Republic of France. He was the first Georgia Tech recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), where he was cited by President Clinton "for leadership in the development of high-capacity, nonbinary optical recording formats." He also received the National Science Foundation CAREER and the Information Storage Industries Consortium Technical Achievement Award (with Dr. David Warland at UC-Davis) for this work.

His research interests are in the general area of communications and information theory. His research group has published in the areas of coding and signal processing for wireless communications and data storage channels; privacy and data security, physical layer security, forward error correction and equalization for optical networks; quantum key distribution, wireless and RFID security; and inference in social media networks. He has published more than 250 papers in journals and conferences and holds 36 US patents. He has served as the research and thesis advisor to more than 50 students at the bachelors, masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and served as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2005. He was also a co-recipient of the IEEE Communication Society & Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award (2011).

Research interests: 
  • Communications and Information Theory
  • Error control coding: iterative decoding, turbo codes, graphical codes
  • Coding and signal processing for magnetic/optical storage and fiber optic transmission systems
  • Quantum key distribution
Distinctions: 
  • Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite, (Knight of the National Order of Merit), given by the President of the Republic of France (2011)
  • President, IEEE Information Theory Society (2005)
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • NSF Career Award
  • NSF Research Initiation Award
  • Technical Achievement Award, Information Storage Industries Consortium, INSIC
  • Georgia Tech Graduate Student Association "Friend of the Graduate Student Award"

F. Fekri, S.W. McLaughlin, R.M. Mersereau, R.W. Schafer: "Rate 1/L Block Codes Using Finite Field Wavelet Transforms; A New Class of Maximum Distance Separable Codes and more," in Proc. Conf. on Information Sciences and Systems, Princeton, NJ, March 15-17, 2000.

F. Fekri, S.W. McLaughlin, R.M. Mersereau, R.W. Schafer: "Error Control Coding Using Finite Field Wavelet Transforms: Double Circulant Codes," submitted to IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 1999.

F. Fekri, S.W. McLaughlin, R.M. Mersereau, R.W. Schafer: "Convolutional Coding Using Finite Field Wavelet Transforms," to appear in Proc. of the Thirty-Eighth Annual Allerton Conference.

S, Verdu and S. McLaughlin, Information Theory: 50 Years of Discovery (IEEE Press, 1999).

F. Fekri, S.W. McLaughlin, R.M. Mersereau, R.W. Schafer: "Double Circulant Self-Dual Codes Using Finite Field Wavelet Transforms," Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS); Applied Algebra, Algebraic Algorithms and Error-Correcting Codes, pp. 355-364, 1999.

L. McPheters K. Narayanan, and S.W. McLaughlin, "Precoded PRML, serial concatenation and iterative (turbo) decoding,'' IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 2325-2328, September 1999.

Steven W. McLaughlin, O. Milenkovic, B.V. Vasic: "Channel Capacity of M-ary Redundant Multitrack Runlength Limited Codes," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 766-774, 1998.

Steven W. McLaughlin, L. McPheters, W. Ryan: "Turbo Coding and Equalization for PR4 Equalized Lorentzian Channels," Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, Princeton, NJ, 1998.

S.W. McLaughlin, "Shedding light on the future of optical recording," IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Special Issue on Signal Processing for Digital Recording, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 83-94, July1998.

S.W. McLaughlin, "The construction of M-ary codes that achieve capacity and have the fewest number of encoder states," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 699-703, March 1997.

R. Cloke, P. Lee, Steven W. McLaughlin: "Codes for Improved Timing Recovery in PR4 and EPR4 Magnetic Recording," Proceedings of Globecom 1997, CD-ROM, session 35, no. 1, Phoenix, AZ, no. 1, 1997.

Steven W. McLaughlin, O. Milenkovic, B.V. Vasic: "Power Spectral Density of Multitrack (0,G/I) Codes," Electronic Letters, vol. 33, no. 9, pp. 784-786, 1997.

Steven W. McLaughlin: "Runlength Limited Code for Multilevel Data," twelve separate patents issued by ETOM Technologies, Inc. from August-October 1997, 1997.

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