Electrical Engineering Professor Wu Named IEEE Fellow

The board of directors of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) has named LSU Electrical Engineering Professor Hsiao-Chun Wu an IEEE Fellow. The IEEE Fellow distinction is the Institute’s highest grade of membership, and the technical community recognizes it as a prestigious honor and important career achievement.

Known amongst his peers as a subject matter expert in the areas of digital video broadcasting and wireless systems, Wu’s research has played a critical role in digital television technologies and fourth generation communication technologies such as 4G-LTE cellular networks.

Wu has published around 190 peer-refereed journal and conference papers related to signal processing, wireless communications, and computers. He has served as editor for many prominent professional journals and as technical program committee chair for several prestigious IEEE conferences. He is a well-recognized scholar in the technical areas of signal processing, telecommunications, video and audio broadcast, and computers. His scientific and engineering accomplishments include contributions to intelligent voice interface for cellular phones, coding and modulation techniques for wireless transceivers, signal processing innovations for biomedical applications, and nondestructive evaluation of materials and structural monitoring.

Wu obtained B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan in 1990. He obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida in 1993 and 1999, respectively. From 1999 to 2001 he worked as a senior electrical engineer at Motorola Personal Communications Sector Research Labs. In 2001, he joined LSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  In July 2007, Wu was a visiting assistant professor at the Communications Research Center in Ottawa, Canada. In Fall 2008, he was a visiting associate professor at Stanford University’s Department of Electrical Engineering. Wu is currently an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and holder of the Michael B. Voorhies Distinguished Professor at LSU.

The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 members in 160 countries, the IEEE is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

Dedicated to the advancement of technology, the IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and it has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The association also sponsors or co-sponsors nearly 400 international technical conferences each year.  To learn more about IEEE or the IEEE Fellow Program, please visit www.ieee.org

Q&A with Dr. Wu:

Why did you choose LSU?

Well, the weather is nice and the people in Louisiana are very friendly.  Plus LSU has a very beautiful campus and I love the Southern United States.

Tell us about your transition from corporate to academic research.

I transferred from Motorola to LSU in 2001. As engineers we have a very focused work plan---tasks to do every month, every year. As a faculty member, in order to be globally competitive, we have to think about new ideas that draw impact. This kind of transition is tough. You actually must broaden your vision from a very narrow focus to a much broader scope. It took a long while for me to achieve that. 

After a period of time, my research began to generate funding and I began to become productive and build my research team. 

What are you working on today?

Currently, I am working on two different research projects. The first is new biomedical instrumentation for critical health examinations using wireless technologies. Imagine if a patient in critical condition received in-ambulance tests en route to the emergency room. The results would wirelessly transmitted to the ER, allowing doctors to better prepare for treatment of the patient in real time.  This technology could potentially save millions of lives and make emergency rooms more efficient.

I am also working on the development of a three-dimensional lensless camera with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, which would change the technology of the current three-dimensional optical camera used for entertainment and virtual reality in the future.

Tell us about your ultimate research goal?

I would like to build more and more electronic telecommunications and technologies for the future world which enable a lot of fantasies to do more than we can do nowadays. 

And finally, which book would you recommend your students read for pleasure over the holiday break?

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens


For more information, contact Heather Herman, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5701, hheathm@lsu.edu