Distinguished Professor Athina Petropulu has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In a tradition stretching back to 1874, the AAAS recognizes fellows for their extraordinary achievements in research and the advancement of science. New Fellows are honored at an event at the AAAS Annual Meeting the following February where they receive a certificate and rosette. The names of the newly elected Fellows are also published in the journal "Science".
With growing consumer demand for wireless technologies, significant investments have been made in commercial wireless networks. The viability of these investments depends on overcoming the challenges introduced by the broadcast nature of the wireless medium, such as interference, fading and eavesdropping. Prof. Petropulu and her students developed novel signaling schemes that use the concept of network node cooperation to overcome these challenges and achieve high quality, secure wireless communications. Her highly cited work on physical layer security exploits the physical characteristics of the wireless medium to prevent eavesdropping without requiring encryption. She also introduced novel radar systems that rely on advanced signal processing techniques to match the resolution of state-of-art radar while requiring significantly fewer measurements, thus enabling faster target tracking and detection.
The association cited Dr. Petropulu for “distinguished contributions to the field of signal processing with applications to wireless communications and networking, physical layer security and radar signal processing".
Congratulations on this outstanding recognition !