Brian Evans

Engineering Foundation Professorship
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Brian L. Evans is the Engineering Foundation Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

He earned his B.S.E.E.C.S. (1987) degree from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and his M.S.E.E. (1988) and Ph.D.E.E. (1993) degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 1993 to 1996, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1996, he joined the faculty at UT Austin.

His research and teaching interests are in the processing of signals to increase connection speeds and reliability in communication systems and improve visual quality of video and still images. More specifically, his research group develops signal processing theory and algorithms with implementation constraints in mind, and translates algorithms into design methods and embedded prototypes. His research group also develops and deploys full system testbeds to test out their research ideas. His current research efforts are focused on multiantenna communication systems. Recently completed projects have included cloud radio access networks, image quality assessment, smart phone video acquisition, smart grid communications, and wireless interference mitigation.

Prof. Evans was elevated to IEEE Fellow "for contributions to multicarrier communications and image display". In multicarrier communications, his group developed the first linear complexity algorithm that allocates resources to optimize bit rates in multiuser OFDM basestations (for cellular and WiMax) and is realizable in fixed-point hardware/software. His group also developed the first ADSL equalizer training method that maximizes a measure of bit rate and is realizable in real-time fixed-point software. In image display, his group's primary contribution is in the design, analysis, and quality assessment of image halftoning by error diffusion for real-time processing by printer pipelines.

Prof. Evans has published 270 refereed conference and journal papers, and graduated 29 PhD and 13 MS students. He has received five teaching awards from UT Austin: ECE Gordon T. Lepley Memorial Teaching Award in 2008; university-wide Texas Exes Teaching Award in 2011; ECE Best Professor Award from the UT Austin HKN/IEEE Student Chapter in 2012; ECE Teaching Excellence Award in 2017-2018; and the 2019 Outstanding ECE Professor Award. He has been awarded a best paper award and two top 10% paper awards at international IEEE conferences: image processing, powerline communications, and multimedia signal processing. He received a 1997 US National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Research Interests: 
wireless communications
multiantenna communications
millimeter wave communications
machine learning for communications
image/video processing