DRAGAN SAMARDZIJA

CV

  

EDUCATION

 

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, April 2004

WINLAB, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA

Thesis: “Multiple Antenna Wireless Systems and Channel State Information”

 

MS in Electrical Engineering, June 2000

WINLAB, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA

Thesis: “Blind Interference Cancellation Schemes for DS-CDMA Systems”

G.P.A. 4.0/4.0

 

BS in Electronics and Telecommunications, October 1996 
Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

G.P.A. 9.28 (out of 10.00) - top 3%

 

EXPERIENCE

 

Bell Labs Fellow, 2017

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, 2014

Research Group Leader for five locations: Stuttgart, Paris, Antwerp, Murray Hill, Naperville, 2016- present

Department Head, 2014 - present

Nokia Bell Labs, New Jersey, USA

 

5G radio access for cyber-physical systems, URLLC

5G short-packet radio-access and core network for massive IoT: waveforms, radio access, connectionless

Low-cost multiple antenna design in higher frequency bands

MIMO/BLAST project (theory): detection, estimation and information theoretic aspects of multiple antenna wireless systems

MIMO/BLAST project (practice): chief architect/designer of MIMO/BLAST and Network MIMO testbed

Propagation measurement techniques for spatial and temporal properties of wireless channels (externally funded project by the DARPA)

Real-time prototyping (DSP, FPGA and RF), design and implementation of physical and MAC layer algorithms (demonstration of MIMO techniques for 3G UMTS and HSDPA)

 

Adjunct Professor, January – May 2016

Columbia University, School of Engineering

 

Teaching, ‘Wireless Communications -  ELAN E4703’, senior year and MSc program

 

University Teacher and Mentor, 2008- present

Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad

 

Teaching the 3rd-year course ‘Computer Network Fundamentals - Wireless Communications’

Teaching the 2nd-year course ‘Internet Fundamentals’

Mentoring BSc and MS students (e.g., topics in sensor networks and intelligent infrastructure)

Student feedback survey 9.33 out of 10, Jun 2015

  

Research Assistant, January 1999 - June 2000

Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB), Rutgers, New Jersey, USA

 

Design, simulation and performance evaluation of statistical signal processing algorithms for wireless CDMA systems

Software radio on DSP and FPGA platforms

Blind interference cancellation

 

Research Associate, November 1996 - January 1999

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

 

Audio and low bit rate speech compression (algorithm design and prototyping) 

Phone-line digital communication systems (algorithm design and prototyping) 

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

 

Bell Labs Fellow 2017, “For creation of industry leading wireless solutions and seminal contributions from basic radio theory and algorithmic development, to detailed real-time implementation”

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs, 2014

Central Bell Labs Teamwork Award, Fourth Generation Intelligent Transparent Networks Enhanced through Space-Time Systems Team, 2004

Central Bell Labs Teamwork Award, HSDPA Demonstration Team, 2003

As a member of the BLAST project team, a recipient of the 2002 Bell Labs President's Award

Assistantship at WINLAB, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, February 1999-2000

National Fellowship for Talented Students, Novi Sad, Serbia, 1996-1998

 

CURRENT RESEARCH AND INTERESTS

 

5G cellular radio access and core network: short packet transmission for ultra-low latency applications in cyber-physical systems and massive IoT

Exploiting higher frequencies for radio access and backhauling

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Journal

 

1.       B. Todorovic, D. Samardzija, "Road Lighting Energy-saving System Based on Wireless Sensor Network", Springer Energy Efficiency, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 239–247, 2017

2.       Z. Lukac, S. Ocovaj, D. Samardzija, M. Temerinac, "Fast Edge-preserving Gravity-like Image Interpolation", Computer Science and Information Systems COMSIS, Volume. 14, pp. 153–173, 2017

3.       B. Guo, W. Cao, A. Tao, and D. Samardzija, "LTE/LTE-A Signal Compression on the CPRI Interface", Bell Labs Technical Journal 18 (2), pp. 117-133, 2013

4.       D. Samardzija, J. Pastalan, M. MacDonald, S. Walker, R. Valenzuela, "Compressed Transport of Baseband Signals in Radio Access Networks", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Volume 11, Issue 9, pp. 3216 - 3225, 2012

5.       B. Mrazova, M. Bjelica, D. Kukolj, B. Todorovic, D. Samardzija, "A Human Detection Method for Residential Smart Energy Systems Based on Zigbee RSSI Changes", IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, vol.58, no.3, pp.819-824, August 2012

6.       D. Samardzija, N. Teslic, B. Todorovic, E. Kovac, Dj. Isailovic, B. Miladinovic, “Road Nail: Experimental Solar Powered Intelligent Road Marking System”, Journal of Electrical Engineering, 2012

7.       F. Verde, Y.-W. P. Hong, D. Samardzija, R. Schober, Z. Tao, “Editorial on Cooperative MIMO Multicell Networks”, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, 2011

8.       J. Kovacevic, D. Samardzija, M. Temerinac, "Joint Coding Rate Control for Audio Streaming in Short Range Wireless Networks", IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, 2009

9.       Z. Ma, M. Zierdt, J. Pastalan, A. Siegel, T. Sizer, A. Wijngaarden, P. Kasireddy, D. Samardzija, "RADIOSTAR: Providing Wireless Coverage Over Gigabit Ethernet", Bell Labs Technical Journal 2009

10.   J. Ling, D. Chizhik, D. Samardzija, R. Valenzuela, “Peer-to-Peer MIMO Radio Channel Measurements in a Rural Area”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, September 2007

11.   D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam, "Impact of Pilot Design on Achievable Data Rates in Multiple Antenna Multiuser TDD Systems", IEEE JSAC, Special Issue on Optimization of MIMO Transceivers, September 2007

12.   D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam, "Unquantized and Uncoded Channel State Information Feedback in Multiple Antenna Multiuser Systems", IEEE Transactions on Communications July 2006

13.   D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam, D. Chizhik, "Adaptive Transmitter Optimization in Multiuser Multiantenna Systems: Theoretical Limits, Effect of Delays and Performance Enhancements", EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, August 2005

14.   D. Samardzija, A. Lozano, C. Papadias, "Design and Experimental Validation of MIMO Multiuser Detection for Downlink Packet Data", EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing, July 2005

15.   D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam, "Pilot Assisted Estimation of MIMO Fading Channel Response and Achievable Data Rates", IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Special Issue on MIMO, November 2003

16.   Burg, E. Beck, D. Samardzija, M. Rupp, et al., "Prototype Experience for MIMO BLAST over Third Generation Wireless System", IEEE JSAC on MIMO Systems and Applications: Part I, April 2003

17.   D. Samardzija, C. Papadias, R. Valenzuela, "Experimental Evaluation of Unsupervised Channel Deconvolution for Wireless Multiple-Transmitter/Multiple-Receiver Systems", Electronics Letters IEE, September 2002

18.   D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam, I. Seskar, "Blind Successive Interference Cancellation for DS-CDMA Systems", IEEE Transactions on Communications, February 2002

19.   D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam, I. Seskar, "Multistage Nonlinear Blind Interference Cancellation for DS-CDMA Systems", Journal of VLSI Signal Processing, 2002 Kluwer Academic Press

 

Conference

 

1.       M. Zivkovic, J. Otterbach, M. Tavares, D. Harman, D. Samardzija, “An SDR-based Turbo-SIC Implementation: Towards a 5G New Radio Advanced Receiver for Uplink Boosting”, IEEE PIMRC, Montreal, 2017

2.       M. Tavares, D. Samardzija, H. Viswanathan, H. Huang, C. Kahn, “A 5G Lightweight Connectionless Protocol for Massive Cellular Internet of Things”, IEEE WCNC, San Francisco, 2017

3.       P. Weitkemper, J. Koppenborg, J. Bazzi, R. Rheinschmitt, K. Kusume, D. Samardzija, R. Fuchs, A. Benjebbour, “Hardware Experiments on Multi-Carrier Waveforms for 5G”, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, Doha, 2016

4.       B. Mrazovac, B. M. Todorovic, D. Kukolj, D. Samardzija, “A Solution for Enabling Intelligent Street Lighting in Smart Cities”, VDE-Kongress, Frankfurt, 2014

5.       S. Sen, T. Zhang, M. M. Buddhikot, S. Banerjee, D. Samardzija, S. Walker, "Dual Technology Femto Cell Architecture for Robust Communication using Whitespaces", IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN), Bellevue, 2012

6.       M. Vasic, D. Samardzija, M. Temerinac, B. Miladinovic, "A Radio-frequency Method for Remote Controller Positioning and Device Pairing: Experimental Evaluations", IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE), Las Vegas, 2012

7.       D. Samardzija, A. Domazetovic, "Coherent Joint-Processing CoMP in Pico-Cellular Lamp-Post Street Deployment", The Twelfth IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC), San Francisco, 2011

8.       D. Samardzija, E. Kovac, Dj. Isailovic, B. Miladinovic, N. Teslic, M. Katona, “Road Nail: Intelligent Road Marking System Testbed”, IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC), Jersey City, 2010

9.       H. Huang, O. Alrabadi, J. Daly, D. Samardzija, C. Tran, R. Valenzuela, S. Walker, "Increasing Throughput in Cellular Networks with Higher-Order Sectorization", Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, Pacific Grove, 2010

10.   D. Samardzija, M. Pilipovic, J. Kovacevic, M. Temerinac, "Performance of LTE Linear MIMO Detectors: Achievable Data Rates and Complexity", IEEE International Symposium on Consumer Electronics (ISCE), Braunschweig, 2010

11.   H. Huang, D. Samardzija, "Determining Backhaul Bandwidth Requirements for Network MIMO", European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), Glasgow, 2009

12.   J. Kovacevic, D. Samardzija, M. Temerinac, "Optimized Joint Coding Algorithm for Audio Streaming in Short Range Wireless Networks", IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE), Las Vegas, 2009

13.   O. Ileri, D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam, “Dynamic Property Rights Spectrum Access: Flexible Ownership Based Spectrum Management”, ", IEEE Symposium on New Frontiers in Dynamic Spectrum Access (DySPAN), Dublin, 2007

14.   D. Samardzija, B. K. Park, O. Boric-Lubecke, V. M. Lubecke, A. Host-Madsen, T. Sizer , 'Experimental Evaluation of Multiple Antenna Techniques for Remote Sensing of Physiological Motion", IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS), Honolulu, 2007

15.   D. Samardzija, H. Huang, R. Valenzuela, T. Sizer, "An Experimental Downlink Multiuser MIMO System with Distributed and Coherently-Coordinated Transmit Antennas", IEEE ICC, Glasgow, 2007

16.   D. Samardzija, "Some Analogies Between Thermodynamics and Shannon Theory", Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Baltimore, 2007

17.   D. Samardzija, L. Xiao, N. Mandayam, "Impact of Pilot Assisted Channel State Estimation on Multiple Antenna Multiuser TDD Systems with Spatial Filtering", Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Princeton, 2006

18.   O. Ileri, D. Samardzija, T. Sizer, N. Mandayam, "Demand Responsive Pricing and Competitive Spectrum Allocation via a Spectrum Server", IEEE Symposium on New Frontiers in Dynamic Spectrum Access (DySPAN), Baltimore 2005

19.   J. Ling, D. Chizhik, D. Samardzija, R. A. Valenzuela, "Wideband and MIMO Measurements in Wooded and Open Areas", IEEE Conference on Antennas and Propagation, Washington, 2005

20.   O. Boric-Lubecke, V. M. Lubecke, A. Host-Madsen, D. Samardzija, K. Cheung, "Doppler Radar Sensing of Multiple Subjects in Single and Multiple Antenna Systems, 7th International Conference on Telecommunications in Modern Satellite, Cable and Broadcasting Services (TELSIKS), Nis, 2005

21.   D. Chizhik, J. Ling, D. Samardzija, R. A. Valenzuela, "Spatial and Polarization Characterization of MIMO Channels in Rural Environment", IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Stockholm, 2005

22.   D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam, "Unquantized and Uncoded Channel State Information Feedback on Wireless Channels”, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), New Orleans 2005

23.   D. Samardzija, O. Boric-Lubecke, A. Host-Madsen, V. M. Lubecke, T. Sizer, A. D. Droitcour, G. T. A. Kovacs, "Applications of MIMO Techniques to Sensing of Cardiopulmonary Activity", IEEE/ACES International Conference on Wireless Communications and Applied Computational Electromagnetics, Honolulu 2005

24.   D. Samardzija, A. Lozano, C. Papadias, “Experimental Validation of MIMO Multiuser Detection for UMTS High-Speed Downlink Packet Access”, GLOBECOM 2004, Dallas, 2004

25.   D. Samardzija, D. Chizhik, N. Mandayam, “Downlink Multiple Antenna Transmitter Optimization on Spatially and Temporally Correlated Channels with Delayed Channel State Information”, Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Princeton, 2004

26.   D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam, “Unquantized and Uncoded Channel State Information Feedback on Wireless Channels”, Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Princeton, 2004

27.   D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam, "Multiple Antenna Transmitter Optimization Schemes for Multiuser Systems", the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Orlando, 2003

28.   D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam "Estimation of Fading Channel Response and System Capacity Considerations", Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Princeton, 2002

29.   D. Samardzija, C. Papadias, R. Valenzuela, "Experimental Evaluation of Unsupervised Channel Deconvolution for Wireless Multiple-Transmitter/Multiple-Receiver Systems", GLOBECOM 2001, San Antonio, November 2001

30.   D. Samardzija, P. Wolniansky, J. Ling, "Performance Evaluation of the VBLAST Algorithm in W-CDMA Systems", the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Atlantic City, 2001

31.   H. Zheng, D. Samardzija, "Performance Evaluation of Indoor Wireless System Using BLAST Testbed", the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Atlantic City, 2001

32.   H. Zheng, D. Samardzija, " Performance Evaluation of Indoor Wireless Video System Using BLAST Testbed", Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Baltimore, 2001

33.   D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam, I. Seskar, "Multistage Blind Interference Cancellation and Channel Estimation for DS-CDMA Systems", Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Baltimore, 2001

34.   D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam, I. Seskar, "Nonlinear Adaptive Blind Interference Cancellation for DS-CDMA Systems", the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Boston, 2000

35.   D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam, I. Seskar, "Blind Interference Cancellation for the Downlink of CDMA Systems", 34th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Princeton, 2000

36.   Domazetovic, D. Samardzija, "Implementation of 4880 bps CELP on MASC 3500 DSP", Conference on Telecommunications ETRAN, Vrnjacka Banja, Yugoslavia, Jun 1998.

37.   D. Samardzija, Z. Lukac, "A Solution of CELP Encoder at 5.3 kbit/s and 6.3 kbit/s on ITT MASC 3500 Processor", Conference on Telecommunications ETRAN, Vrnjacka Banja, Yugoslavia, Jun 1998

38.   Z. Lukac, D. Samardzija, M. Temerinac, "Real-Time Implementation of Low Delay CELP (ITU-T Rec. G.728) on ITT DSP MAS 3503 C", Conference on Telecommunications ETRAN, Zlatibor, Yugoslavia, Jun 1997

39.   D. Samardzija, Z. Lukac, M. Temerinac, "Real-Time Implementation of QAM Modem on ITT DSP MAS 3503 C", Conference on Telecommunications ETRAN, Zlatibor, Yugoslavia, Jun 1997

40.   D. Samardzija, M. Popovic, "Design of QAM Modem Based on Pattern Recognition Approach", Conference on Telecommunications ETRAN, Budva, Yugoslavia, Jun 1996

 

Book chapters

 

Multiple Antenna Channels: Capacity, Coding and Signal Processing, edited by G.J. Foschini and S. Verdu, DIMACS Series in Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, American Mathematical Society, October 2002

D. Samardzija, N. Mandayam "Pilot Assisted Estimation of MIMO Fading Channel Response and Achievable Data Rates", Part III

 

GRANTED PATENTS

1.       D. Samardzija, H. Huang, V. Venkateswaran, C.K. Lin, I. Kennedy, R. Abbot, US9565633B2, "Opportunistic information forwarding using wireless terminals in the internet-of-things", 2017

2.       M. Buddhikot, S. Sen, D. Samardzija, T. Zhang, S. Walker, US9553709B2, "Method and apparatus for wireless communication using a short-range base station with multiple radio interfaces of different technologies", 2017

3.       J. Ling, D. Samardzija, US9232487B2, “Synchronization of transmission intervals in wi-fi”, 2016

4.       J. Ling, D. Samardzija, US9445411B2, "Controlling uplink transmissions from interfering stations", 2016

5.       H. Huang, D. Samardzija, I. Kennedy, S. Valentin, D. Chizhik, G. Wright, S. Singh, US9389301B2, "Method and apparatus for determining tag location", 2016

6.       D. Samardzija, T. Sizer, R. Valenzuela, US8965389B2, "Channel information feedback reduction in communication network", 2015

7.       D. Samardzija, J. Pastalan, W. MacDonald, R. Valenzuela, US8923386B2, "Method and apparatus for signal compression and decompression", 2014

8.       D. Samardzija, C. Tran, H. Huang, S. Walker, R. Valenzuela, US8457698B2,"Antenna array for supporting multiple beam architectures", 2013

9.       H. Huang, D. Samardzija, C. Tran, R. Valenzuela, S. Walker, US8594735B2, "Conformal antenna array ", 2013

 

 

GRANTS

 

·       "GOALI: MIMO Techniques for Remote Sensing of Physiological Motion", granted by National Science Foundation, December 2004, collaboration between University of Hawaii and Bell Labs

·       High Performance Cognitive Radio Platform with Integrated Physical and Network Layer Capabilities”, granted by National Science Foundation, September 2004, collaboration between WINLAB (Rutgers University), Bell Labs, and Georgia Institute of Technology

·       “Fourth Generation Intelligent Transparent Networks Enhanced through Space-Time Systems (FITNESS)”, granted by the European Union Information Society Technologies, 2001-2003, collaboration between Bell Labs, Motorola and a number of European universities

 

INVITED TALKS AND TRANNINGS

 

·      “5G Next Generation Wireless Access”, ICCE, Berlin 2017

·      “Use Cases for Next Generation Wireless Systems”, WCNC, San Francisco 2017

·      “LTE and LTE Advanced”, TELEFOCAL, Brisbane, May 2013

·      “Overview of LTE and LTE Advanced”, TELEFOCAL, Singapore, November 2011

·      “WiMAX RF Planner”, TELEFOCAL, Cairo, 2008

·      “WiMAX Broadband Wireless Access”, TELEFOCAL, Fiji, 2007

·      “Indoor NetworkMIMO Experiment”, Technical University Federico Santa Lucia, Valparaiso, Chile, August 2007

·      “UMTS and HSDPA Technology and Services”, 2nd Southeastern Europe Broadband Conference Program, Belgrade, April 2007

·      “An Experimental Downlink Multiuser MIMO System with Distributed and Coherently-Coordinated Transmit Antennas”, Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin, January 2007

·      “HSDPA Radio Planning”, TELEFOCAL, Singapore, October 2006

·      “Applications of MIMO Techniques to Sensing of Cardiopulmonary Activity” University of Hawaii, April 2005

 

MENTORING/ADVISING

 

·      Branislav Sredojev, MS thesis, “Design and implementation of data transport and protection based on WebRTC technology” University of Novi Sad, 1015

·      Dragan Posarac, MS thesis, “Implementation of P2P video link using WebRTC over WebSocket”, University of Novi Sad, 2015

·      Bankovic Lazar, MS thesis,One Realization of a Simple Mesh Protocol, Implemented as a Kernel Object for LINUX Kernel 2.6”, University of Novi Sad, 2014

·      Tara Petric, BSc thesis,” Opportunistic Information Harvesting in Wireless Sensor Networks”, University of Novi Sad, 2014

·      Djordje Dokic, BSc thesis, “One Solution 1 Gbit LAN Interconnecting Subsystem in FPGA”, University of Novi Sad, 2014

·      Nikola Pilja, BSc thesis, “One Solution of Parsing IP Flow Fata at OSI Layers”, University of Novi Sad, 2014

·      Aleksandar Miljkovic, MS thesis, “Smart Garden: Application of Network-enhanced Environmental Cognition”, University of Novi Sad, 2011

·      Milos Vasic, MS thesis, “Radio-frequency Method for Remote Controller Positioning and Device Pairing”, University of Novi Sad, 2011

·      Marko Vucicevic, BSc thesis, “Cellular Connectivity for Intelligent Road-marking System”, University of Novi Sad, 2010

·      Erne Kovac, MS thesis, “Power Supply Subsystem for Intelligent Road-marking System”, University of Novi Sad, 2010

·      Djordje Isailovic, MS thesis, “Sensor Subsystem for Intelligent Road-marking System”, University of Novi Sad, 2010

·      Bojan Miladinovic, MS thesis, “Wireless Communication Subsystem for Intelligent Road-marking System”, University of Novi Sad, 2010

·      Milos Pilipovic, MS thesis, “Joint Source and Channel Coding for Wireless Transmission of Audio Signals”, University of Novi Sad, 2008

·      Byung-Kwon Park, “MIMO Sensing: Detection of Cardio and Pulmonary Activity”, internship at Bell Labs, June 2006 - September 2006

·      Omer Ileri, “Dynamic Spectrum Access and Pricing”, internship at Bell Labs, June 2005 – September 2005, external member of the Ph.D. proposal committee

·      Nabil Muhamed, Internship at Bell Labs, December 2002 - March 2003

 

SERVICES

 

·      Reviewer for IEEE journals and conferences (Transactions on Communications, Transactions on Wireless Communications, Information Theory, Signal Processing, Vehicular Technology, Selected Areas in Communications)

·      Session chairman, “Wireless Communications Systems” Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, CISS 2001, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, March 2001

 

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST