Brian Evans

Engineering Foundation Professorship in Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Brian L. Evans is the Engineering Foundation Professor 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 include wireless interference mitigation, cloud radio access networks, smart grid communications, smart phone video acquisition and system-level electronic design automation.

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 systems (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 200 refereed conference and journal papers, and graduated 24 PhD and 9 MS students. In 2008, he was awarded the Gordon T. Lepley Memorial Teaching Award, which is the sole ECE teaching award for faculty. In 2011, he was awarded the university-wide Texas Exes Teaching Award. He received a 1997 US National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Research Interests: 
interference mitigation
smart grid communications
multi-antenna communications
video acquisition
system-level design automation