EECS professor Erik Perrins named journal's area editor

LAWRENCE — Erik Perrins, associate professor for the University of Kansas Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, has accepted an invitation to serve as an area editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications. His duties include assigning papers to the 13 editors within the modulation and signal design area, monitoring their performance and assisting the editor-in-chief.

Erik Perrins

"Erik is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of modulation and signal design for telecommunication systems. He has served as an editor for several years and has done an excellent job in this capacity," said Robert Schober, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, who nominated Perrins for the position. "This made him a natural choice when the position of area editor became vacant."

Perrins’ research expertise is in wireless communications. He recently received a Department of Defense research grant to help develop new communications architectures for flight test telemetry — measuring at a distance. By simultaneously allowing multiple tests to take place over hundreds of square miles, the integrated Network Enhanced Telemetry program is a significant upgrade in aircraft testing. He conducts research at KU’s Information and Telecommunication Technology Center.

He also helped build a communication system able to transmit large amounts of scientific and operational data while adhering to severe size, weight and power constraints needed for future space missions. Perrins’ team developed miniaturized hardware for the NASA project.

Prior to area editor, Perrins served for four years as an editor for the journal.