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Alumnus Profile: Prakash Narayan of the University of Maryland


Dr. Prakash Narayan (MSc SSM 1978, DSc EE 1981)  began his studies at Washington University as a graduate student in 1977, having previously earned the Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. At Washington University, Dr. Narayan earned a MS and a DSc in Systems Science and Mathematics and Electrical Engineering in 1978 and 1981, respectively. Dr. Narayan is now a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also holds a joint appointment with the Institute for Systems Research, an interdisciplinary research institute that is committed to promoting research in systems science and engineering.

Dr. Narayan has also held visiting appointments at other universities including ETH, Zurich; Technion, Haifa; Alfred Renyi Institute of Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest; University of Bielefeld; Institute of Biomedical Engineering (formerly LADSEB), Padova; and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Dr. Narayan’s specific research interests are in the field of multiuser information theory and coding. Specifically, his group studies problems that involve the use of probabilistic models for compression of multiple signals, reliable data transmission, and secure communication. The overall objective is to characterize fundamental performance limits and to develop techniques in coding, modulation, and signal processing that will attain this performance. His group’s current research focuses on understanding how correlations among network terminals can be generated and exploited for enabling cooperation in signal sampling, compression, reliable data transmission and ensuring information security. Specific research projects include: sampling-quantization-distortion tradeoffs in statistical inference for random field models; connections between common randomness generation by multiple terminals, information security and secure function computation; database privacy; and reliable communication over hybrid radio frequency and free space optical communication systems.

Dr. Narayan has served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society and as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and serves currently on its Executive Editorial Board. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.


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