Hessam Mahdavifar

Assistant Professor

Hessam Mahdavifar

Assistant Professor

Hessam Mahdavifar

Hessam Mahdavifar

Assistant Professor

University of Michigan
EECS Department
Electrical & Computer Engineering
3219 EECS
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Tel: 734-647-8634
Email:

EXPERIENCE
University of Michigan
Assistant Professor
January 2017 - present
Visiting Assistant Professor
November 2016 - December 2016
Samsung Electronics, San Diego Mobile Solutions Lab, California USA
Staff Research Engineer
July 2012 - October 2016
  • Research and development on the algorithm design, implementation, and verification of advanced receivers for HSPA,LTE,LTE-A, and WiFi.
  • Research on channel coding for the next generation of wireless systems.
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, San Jose Research Center, California USA 
Visiting Researcher
Fall 2011
  • Designing error-correcting codes for hard disk drives and solid state drives.
University of California San Diego
Instructor for ECE259C (Advanced coding)
Fall 2015
Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant
June 2008 - June 2012

EDUCATION  
University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California USA 
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering 
June 2012
  • Thesis: List Decoding of Subspace Codes and Rank-Metric Codes
  • Advisor: Professor Alexander Vardy
M.Sc., Electrical Engineering 
June 2009
Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
B.Sc., Electrical Engineering 
June 2007

AWARDS AND HONORS
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on RFID, 2015. 
    • For the paper “Coding for Tag Collision Recovery”.
  • Finalist for the Information Theory Society Paper Award, 2013.
    • For the paper “Achieving the Secrecy Capacity of Wiretap Channels Using Polar Codes”.
  •  Shannon Memorial Fellowship, University of California San Diego, 2011.
    •  For demonstrating outstanding achievements in information theory.
  •  Finalist for the Best Student Paper Award, IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, 2010.
    • For the paper “Achieving the Secrecy Capacity of Wiretap Channels Using Polar Codes”. 
  • Silver medalist at the 44th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), Tokyo, Japan, 2003. 
  • Silver medalist at the 43rd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), Glasgow, United Kingdom. 2002.
  • Gold medalist at the 20th Iran National Mathematical Olympiad, 2002.
  • Gold medalist at the 19th Iran National Mathematical Olympiad, 2001. 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
  • Technical Program Committee Co-chair for 2016 IEEE RFID Conference 
  • Technical Program Committee Member for 2016 ACM NanoCom

EDITORIAL SERVICE
  • IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 
  • IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
  • IEEE Transactions on Communications
  • IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
  • SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics
  • IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory 
  • IEEE GLOBECOM
  • Conference on Computational Complexity (CCC)
  • IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)
  • IEEE Information Theory Workshop 
  • IEEE Communication Letters
  • Siam Journal on Discrete Mathematics