Brian Evans

Engineering Foundation Professorship in Engineering
Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Brian L. Evans 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 include multiantenna communication systems, smart grid communications, wireless interference mitigation, and system-level electronic design automation. Recently completed projects have included cloud radio access networks, image quality assessment, and smart phone video acquisition.

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 more than 230 refereed conference and journal papers, and graduated 27 PhD and 9 MS students. He has received three teaching awards: Gordon T. Lepley Memorial Teaching Award, which is the sole ECE teaching award for faculty, in 2008; university-wide Texas Exes Teaching Award, in 2011; and Best Professor Award from the UT Austin HKN/IEEE Student Chapter in 2012. He has been awarded three top 10% best paper awards at international IEEE conferences: image processing, powerline communications, and multimedia signal processing. He received a 1997 US National Science Foundation CAREER Award.