1981 B.S.E.E.,¬†University¬†of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1983 M.S in¬†E.E.,University¬†of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1986 Ph.D. in¬†E.E.,University¬†of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Communication theory, information theory, and their applications to wireless communication with a focus on the interplay of communication systems and networks; including network coding, user cooperation, spectrum sharing, and opportunistic access.¬†
Signal processing, information processing, and their applications to neuro-engineering with foci on (i) modeling neuronal circuits connectivity and the impact of learning on connectivity (ii) real-time closed-loop stabilization of neuronal systems to mitigate disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson, depression, and obesity.
Behnaam Aazhang¬†is a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS, and a distinguished lecturer of IEEE¬†Communication Society. He¬†received his B.S. (with highest honors), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in¬†Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in¬†1981, 1983, and 1986, respectively. From 1981 to 1985, he was a Research Assistant in¬†the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois. In August 1985, he joined the¬†faculty of Rice University, Houston, Texas, where he is now the J.S. Abercrombie¬†Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and¬†Director of the¬†Center for Neuroengineering, a multi-university research center in Houston,¬†Texas. From 2006 till 2014, he held an Academy of Finland Distinguished Visiting¬†Professorship appointment (FiDiPro) at the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. Dr.¬†Aazhang is a Fellow of IEEE and AAAS, a distinguished lecturer of IEEE¬†Communication Society.
He received an¬†Honorary Doctorate degree¬†from the University¬†of Oulu, Finland (the highest honor that the university can bestow) in 2017 and IEEE¬†ComSoc CTTC Outstanding Service Award ‚ÄúFor innovative leadership that elevated the¬†success of the Communication Theory Workshop‚ÄĚ in 2016. He is a recipient of 2004¬†IEEE Communication Society‚Äôs Stephen O. Rice best paper award for a paper with A.¬†Sendonaris and E. Erkip. In addition, Sendonaris, Erkip, and Aazhang received IEEE¬†Communication Society‚Äôs 2013 Advances in Communication Award for the same paper.¬†He has been listed in the Thomson-ISI Highly Cited Researchers and has been¬†keynote¬†and plenary speaker of several conferences.
His research interests are signal processing, information theory, and their applications to¬†neuroengineering¬†and wireless communication and networks. Particular focus is on¬†modeling neuronal circuits connectivity and the impact of learning on connectivity, on¬†real-time closed-loop stabilization of neuronal systems to mitigate disorders such as¬†epilepsy, Parkinson, depression, and obesity, on developing an understanding of cortical¬†representation and fine-grained connectivity in the human language system, and on¬†building microelectronics with large data analysis techniques to develop a fine-grained¬†recording and modulation system to remediate language disorders.
2017:¬†Honorary Doctorate, University of Oulu
2013:¬†IEEE Communication Society Award for Advances in Communication
2012:¬†Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2004:¬†IEEE Communication Society Stephen O. Rice Best Paper Award
1999:¬†Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)