Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Alejandro Ribeiro is the Rosenbluth Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. His research interests are in the applications of statistical signal processing to the study of networks and networked phenomena. His focus is on structured representations of networked data structures, graph signal processing, network optimization, robot teams, and networked control. Dr. Ribeiro received the 2014 O. Hugo Schuck best paper award, and paper awards at the CDC 2017, 2016 SSP Workshop, 2016 SAM Workshop, 2015 Asilomar SSC Conference, ACC 2013, ICASSP 2006, and ICASSP 2005.
Raymond Knopp is professor in the Communication Systems Department at EURECOM. He is also currently a part-time visiting professor at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications under the Discipline Innovative Engineering Plan. His current research and teaching interests are in the area of digital communications, software radio architectures, and implementation aspects of signal processing systems and real-time wireless networking protocols. He has a proven track record in managing both fundamental and experimental research projects at an international level and is also General Secretary of the OpenAirInterface.org open-source academia-industry radio platform initiative which aims to bridge the gap between cutting-edge theoretical advances in wireless communications and practical designs.
Yurii Nesterov is currently a professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium. His work with Arkadi Nemirovski in the 1994 book is the first to point out that the interior point method can solve convex optimization problems, and the first to make a systematic study of semidefinite programming (SDP). Also in this book, they introduced the self-concordant functions which are useful in the analysis of Newton’s method. He is most famous for his work in convex optimization, including his 2004 book, considered a canonical reference on the subject. His main novel contribution is an accelerated version of gradient descent that converges considerably faster than ordinary gradient descent. He received the Dantzig Prize in 2000, the John von Neumann Theory Prize in 2009, and the EURO Gold Medal in 2016.