Robert Heath

Named Professor
Robert Heath

Dr. Robert W. Heath Jr. joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State in August 2020. From 2002 to 2020, he was with the University of Texas at Austin where he was involved in the leadership of their wireless group, and created an initiative to bring together communications, sensing, and machine learning. Dr. Heath is also President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc. His research has been extensively funded by industry and government.

Dr. Heath’s research interests include wireless communications cellular systems, public safety, and military networks, with recent applications to vehicular communication systems, 5G, and now 6G.

He has authored or co-authored several books including “Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication” (Prentice Hall, 2017), “Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications” (Prentice Hall, 2014) and “Foundations of MIMO Communication” (Cambridge University Press, 2019).


2002 Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University.
1997 M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia.
1996 B.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia.

Awards & Honors

2019 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (co-recipient)
2019 IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize
2019 Qualcomm Faculty Award
Named a Highly Cited Researcher 2014-2019 in Computer Science (2014 also in Engineering)
2018 IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee (WTC) Recognition Award
2018 Journal of Communications and Networks Best Paper Award
IEEE GLOBECOM 2017 Most Attended Industry Program Award 1st Runner-Up - V2X for Automated Driving in 4G, 5G and beyond
2017 IEEE Communication Theory Technical Committee Outstanding Service Award
2017 National Academy of Inventors Fellow. Mentioned in the Congressional record
2017 European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) Technical Achievement Award
2017 IEEE ICC Best paper Award for the Signal Processing for Communications Symposium
2017 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications
IEEE GLOBECOM 2016 Most Attended Industry Panel Award
Co-author of paper receiving the 2016 SPS Young Author Best Paper Award (given to my students Ahmed Alkhateeb and Omar El Ayach)
2016 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award
Finalist for the European Inventor Award 2016
2016 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize
2015 IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Award in Communication Theory
2014 Journal of Communications and Networks Best Paper Award
2014 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing Best Paper Award
Best Student Paper Award, Information Forensics and Security Track, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing Conference, Florence, Italy, May 2014 (award given to my collaborator’s student X. Zhang)
2013-2014 IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer
2013 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award
2013 EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Best Paper Award
2012 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award
2011 IEEE Fellow
2011 EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Best Paper Award
Best Student Paper Award 2009 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium
Grand Prize in the 2008 WinCool Demo Contest, held in conjunction with the Third International Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental Evaluation, and Characterization, on conjunction with ACM MobiCom 2008.
Best Student Paper Award 2007 Vehicular Technology Conference Spring (given to my student R. Bhagavatula)
2006 Best Student Paper Award in the category of Communication Systems at IEEE Global Telecommunications Conf. (given to my student Kaibin Huang)
Best Student Paper Award 2006 International Symposium on Wireless personal Multimedia Communications (given to my student Taiwen Tang)
Best Student Paper Award 2006 Vehicular Technology Conference (given to my student A. Forenza as well as M. McKay from U. Sydney)
2003 Frontiers in Education New Faculty Fellow


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