Evans, Nieman, Lin, and Nassar Receive Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Powerline Communications and Its Applications

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Professor Brian Evans and his students Karl F. Nieman, Jing Lin, and Marcel Nassar have received the Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Powerline Communications and Its Applications (ISPLC). The paper is titled 'Cyclic Spectral Analysis of Power Line Noise in the 3-200 kHz Band,' and was co-authored with Freescale engineer Dr. Khurram Waheed. The IEEE ISPLC was held on March 25-27, 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The paper concerns Smart Grid communications from smart meters to the local utility over power lines. Communication performance is severely limited by time-periodic, impulsive, non-Gaussian additive noise. This paper analyzes the cyclic structure of power line noise using field measurements and proposes cyclic bit loading to double bit rates over existing standards. Dr. Brian L. Evansis a professor with WNCG, and he is the Engineering Foundation Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Evans research bridges the gap between signal processing theory and embedded real-time implementation in the application spaces of digital communications and digital image/video processing. His current research includes interference mitigation algorithms for wireless communication systems, power line communication system test beds for enabling smart power grids, video display algorithms for cell phones, and design automation tools for multicore embedded systems.