Prof. Brian Evans Receives HKN/IEEE Best Professor Award for 2012
Prof. Brian L. Evans won the 2012 Best Professor Award from the HKN/IEEE Student Chapters at The University of Texas at Austin. The award was presented at the UT ECE Graduation Banquet on May 15, 2012. The award from the students recognizes Prof. Evans for his teaching and mentoring of students.In teaching the junior/senior elective Real-Time Digital Signal Processing Laboratory, Prof. Evans brings his WNCG research experience into all aspects of the course. In the course, students design digital signal processing algorithms, simulation them in MATLAB, map them to C on embedded digital signal processors, and validate embedded implementations using rack equipment and LabVIEW. (LabVIEW is produced by founding WNCG affiliate National Instruments.) For the algorithms, students quantify design tradeoffs in signal quality vs. implementation complexity. More than 1300 students have completed the Real-Time DSP Lab course.In fall, Prof. Evans mentored the senior design project team that won first place in the project demonstrations. The project was an augmented reality checkers playing app for Android phones by Arthur Ishiguro, Farhad Abasov, Kevin Scholz, Alexander Yeah and Jung Hoo Lee. The project was sponsored by WNCG affiliate Qualcomm.The UT Austin student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) is recognized as the 2012 Outstanding Large Student Branch in Region 5. IEEE is a nonprofit technical association of more than 380,000 individual members in 150 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in electrical engineering, computer engineering and many other engineering areas. Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) is a unique membership organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the electrical and computer engineering fields. Members consist of students, alumni, and other professionals who have demonstrated exceptional academic and professional accomplishments. Dr. Brian L. Evans is the Engineering Foundation Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT Austin. He joined the UT Austin faculty in 1996. Prof. 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 research interests include interference mitigation algorithms for wireless communication systems, powerline communication system testbeds for enabling smart power grids, and rolling shutter artifact removal algorithms for smart phone video acquisition. He is a Fellow of the IEEE 'for contributions to multicarrier communications and image display'.