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Infrastructure Systems

Data Embedding in Digital Media and
All-Spectrum Autonomous Interference-Avoiding Networking

Dimitris A. Pados Led by Dimitris A. Pados, Ph.D.

Dimitris A. Pados, Ph.D. (M'95--SM'15) was born in Athens, Greece, on October 22, 1966. He received his diploma degree in computer science and engineering (five-year program) from the University of Patras, Greece, in 1989, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, in 1994. From 1994 to 1997, he was Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Center for Telecommunications Studies, University of Louisiana, Lafayette. From 1997 to 2017, he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, The State University of New York at Buffalo, holding in sequence the titles of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and Clifford C. Furnas Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering. He also served as Associate Chair and was appointed Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering. He was elected University Faculty Senator four times and served on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee for two terms. In August 2017, Dr. Pados joined Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, where he currently leads the University Initiative on Autonomous Systems and holds the positions of I-SENSE Research Center Fellow and Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His basic research interests are in the general areas of data and signal processing and communications theory.

Dr. Pados is a member of the IEEE Communications, IEEE Signal Processing, IEEE Information Theory, and IEEE Computational Intelligence Societies. He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Letters and the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks. For articles that he coauthored with his students, he was received the 2001 IEEE International Conference on Telecommunications Best Paper Award, the 2003 IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding Paper Award, the 2010 IEEE International Communications Conference Best Paper Award in Signal Processing for Communications, the 2013 International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems Best Paper Award in Physical Layer Communications and Signal Processing, Best of IEEE GLOBECOM 2014-Top 50 Papers distinction, and Best Paper Selection distinction in the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Big Data. He was also a recipient of the 2009 SUNY-wide Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2011 University at Buffalo Exceptional Scholar - Sustained Achievement Award.


PROJECT 1

Data Embedding in Digital Media
We are developing novel software procedures for minimum mean-square distortion embedding of data in digital audio, image, and video media. Potential applications extend from direct multimedia multiplexing to authentication, covert communications and data hiding. The current implementation platform is a Matlab/C++ environment. Extensive testing and evaluation over diverse video sequence libraries will be carried out.


PROJECT 2

All-Spectrum Autonomous Interference-Avoiding Networking
We are developing novel software/hardware technology for joint cross-layer PHY/MAC/NET dynamic network optimization over the whole accessible frequency/space/time continuum. Applications include (i) seamless maximum-throughput network coexistence and (ii) the “elastic network” - maximum jam-resistance within the laws of physics. The current implementation platform involves software-defined radio nodes (multi-antenna NI N210 and B210 components).