Christopher Rose

Professor of Engineering, Associate Dean, Brown University

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Dr. Christopher Rose received the S.B. (1979), S.M. (1981) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Following graduate school, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, N.J. as a member of the Network Systems Research Department where he regaled his peers with levitated center conductor Hi-Tc superconducting cables, annoyed them by showing random lightwave network architectures performed as well as carefully sculpted ones, and puzzled them with odd applications of cellular automata. In 1990 when Arno (Penzias) told everyone in "Area 11" to go to academe if they were not keenly interested in the corporate bottom line (including his Nobel partner Bob [Wilson]), Chris was congratulated on his timing as he joined the E&CE at Rutgers University the very next week.

He is currently a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE, cited "for contributions to wireless communication systems theory." He is also a member of the Army Science Board  (2012--).

He has served as an Associate Director of the Wireless Networks Laboratory (WINLAB) (1999-2007) and his current technical interests include applications of communication/information theory to just about everything including biology, (nano/micro/macro) mechanical systems and tantalizingly, maybe even supersymmetry through Jim Gates' intriguing Adinkras formalism as it rapidly evolves. Chris is currently hoping that the early July 2012 discovery of "Higgs-like" particle(s) is a menagerie of Higgs' rather than A Higgs. A menagerie might put SUSY on firm footing -- and make it possible mere mortals to crash the party by climbing the Adinkras scaffolding! Time will tell ....

Past wireless interests have included novel mobile communications networks, applications of genetic algorithms to control problems in communications networks and interference avoidance methods using universal radios to foster peaceful coexistence in what will be the wireless ecology of the 5GHz U-NII bands. This work, co-authored with Sennur Ulukus and Roy Yates, received the 2003 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications. Here's a picture of the ecstatic authors at the Globecom 2004 awards ceremony (picture credit: Aylin Yener).

For fun, as an outgrowth of research on opportunistic communications, he also considered the details of a problem everyone has wondered about at one time or another: how will our first extraterrestrial civilization contact occur? The interesting twist is that it can be FAR more efficient for distant "little green people" to send information-bearing physical artifacts than electromagnetic signals -- seemingly at odds with current SETI wisdom. This work was featured on the cover of the September 2, 2004 issue of Nature and can be found (along with an astounding amount of press coverage, including a NY Times Editorial  !!!) under the tongue-in-cheek rubric cosmic communications. Here's an associated cartoon competition!

Chris was certainly surprised by the Rutgers Engineering Governing Council, a student group which spans all of engineering, with a 2005-2006 Teaching Excellence Award in E&CE. However, he almost fainted when told he had won the 2008-2009 Teaching Excellence Award in E&CE. Lightning, it seems, sometimes DOES strike twice!   Apparently the free beer and pizza served during every class is working well!   In fact, it seems to have worked so well that lightning struck THREE TIMES with a 2009-2010 Teaching Excellence Award in E&CE by the EGC win. And it seems there's a STUNNING turn of events for 2011:  2011 EGC Best Teacher in Engineering Award.

Here is a formal (pure academic puffery) Curriculum Vitae in PDF format and Chris' Wikipedia page (personal puffery). Here is some increasingly ancient conference/service puffery  if you're curious about my mis-spent academic adolescence.

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2012 Army Science Board, Member
  • 2011 Best Teacher in Engineering, Rutgers Engineering Governing Council
  • Panelist: OZMA at 50 Workshop, Greenbank, West Virginia, September 2010
  • Plenary Panelist: A World of Bits, IEEE Communications Theory Workshop, Cancun, May 2010
  • 2009 Teaching Excellence Award, Rutgers Engineering Governing Council
  • 2008 Teaching Excellence Award, Rutgers Engineering Governing Council
  • 2007 IEEE Fellow, "for contributions to wireless communication systems theory"
  • 2005 Teaching Excellence Award, Rutgers Engineering Governing Council
  • September 2, 2004: Cover article in Nature, Inscribed Matter As An Efficient Means of Communication with A Extraterrestrial Civilization (press coverage link is located here)
  • 2003 IEEE Marconi Paper Prize Award in Wireless Communications

Selected Journal Articles

  • Communication theory and multicellular biology, S. Mian & C. Rose, Integrative Biology, DOI:10.1039/C0IB00117A v.3(4) pp.350-367, April 2011.
  • Interference Avoidance for CDMA Systems, D. Popescu, S. Ulukus, C. Rose & R. Yates in Advances in Multiuser Detection, (Ed., M.L. Honig), Chapter 7, pp. 365-416, Wiley, 2009.
  • Interference Avoidance and Multiaccess Vector Channels, D. Popescu, O. Popescu & C. Rose, IEEE Transactions on Communications, 55(8), pp. 1466-1471, August 2007.
  • Simultaneous Water Filling in Mutually Interfering Systems, O. Popescu, D. Popescu & C. Rose, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, 6(3), pp. 1102-1113, March 2007.
  • Intelligent Power Allocation Strategies for Unlicensed Spectrum N. Clemens and C. Rose IEEE Symposium on New Frontiers in Dynamic Spectrum
  • Access Networks (DySPAN 2005) Baltimore, November 2005.
  • Inscribed Matter As An Efficient Means of Communication with A Extraterrestrial Civilization C. Rose and G. Wright, Nature, 431 pp. 47, 49, September 2, 2004.
  • Wireless Systems and Interference Avoidance C. Rose, S. Ulukus, & R. Yates IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 1(3) pp. 415,428, July (2002). 2003 (Marconi Prize winner)
  • Minimizing the Average Cost of Paging Under Delay Constraints C. Rose & R. Yates ACM Wireless Networks 1(2) pp.211,219, (1995).
  • A Dielectric-Free Superconducting Coaxial Cable C. Rose & M.J. Gans IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory href="">and Techniques Vol. 38(2), pp.166-177, (1990).


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