Robert W. Heath, Jr. received B.S. and M.S. degrees from The University of Virginia in 1996 and 1997, respectively, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2002, all in electrical engineering. From 1998 to 2001, he was a senior member of the technical staff and then a senior consultant at Iospan Wireless, Inc., where he worked on the design and implementation of the physical and link layers of the first commercial MIMO-OFDM communication system. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is also the president and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc. His research interests include several aspects of wireless communication and signal processing: 5G cellular systems, MIMO communication, millimeter wave communication, adaptive video transmission, manifold signal processing, as well as applications of wireless communication to automotive, aerial vehicles, and wearable networks. He is a coauthor of Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications (Prentice Hall, 2015) and author of Digital Wireless Communication (National Technology and Science Press, 2012).
Dr. Heath is a coauthor of several best-paper award recipients, including recently the 2010 and 2013 EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking best paper awards, the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine best paper award, a 2013 Signal Processing Society best paper award, 2014 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing best paper award, the 2014 Journal of Communications and Networks best paper award, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, and the 2016 IEEE Communications and Information Theory Societies Joint Paper Award. He was a distinguished lecturer in the IEEE Signal Processing Society and is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. He is also an elected member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE Signal Processing Society, a licensed amateur radio operator, a private pilot, and a registered professional engineer in Texas.