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Ulukus, Sennur

2337 A.V. Williams Building

Research Interests 

Wireless communication theory and networking, network information theory for wireless communications, signal processing for wireless communications, physical-layer information-theoretic security, and energy-harvesting communications



Sennur Ulukus is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she also holds a joint appointment with the Institute for Systems Research (ISR). Prior to joining UMD, she was a Senior Technical Staff Member at AT&T Labs-Research. She received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB), Rutgers University, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University. Her research interests are in wireless communication theory and networking, network information theory for wireless communications, signal processing for wireless communications, physical-layer information-theoretic security, and energy-harvesting communications.

Dr. Ulukus received the 2003 , the 2005 NSF CAREER Award, and the 2010-2011 ISR Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award. She served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory between 2007-2010, as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications between 2003-2007, as a Guest Editor for the Journal of Communications and Networks for the special issue on energy harvesting in wireless networks, as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory for the special issue on interference networks, as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications for the special issue on multiuser detection for advanced communication systems and networks. She served as the TPC co-chair of the Communication Theory Symposium at the 2007 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, the Medium Access Control (MAC) Track at the 2008 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, the Wireless Communications Symposium at the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications, the 2011 Communication Theory Workshop, the Physical-Layer Security Workshop at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Communications, the Physical-Layer Security Workshop at the 2011 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference. She was the Secretary of the IEEE Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC) in 2007-2009.

Honors and Awards 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2016

Young faculty awards
NSF CAREER for "A Network Information Theoretic Approach to Wireless Ad-Hoc and Sensor Networks," 2005

Other awards
IEEE Marconi Paper Prize Award in Wireless Communications for the paper, "Wireless Systems and Interference Avoidance," 2003

Related News 

Alum Ahmed Arafa to join UNC Charlotte faculty this fall
The information theorist will be a tenure-track assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. June 10, 2019

Sennur Ulukus is plenary speaker at Canadian Workshop on Information Theory
Ulukus spoke on private information retrieval capacity. June 6, 2019

Ulukus, colleagues win Best Tutorial Paper Award
The paper summarizes recent contributions in the broad area of energy harvesting wireless communications. April 30, 2019

Sennur Ulukus receives NSF grant to address important data-related medical device issue
When implanted medical devices transmit and process data, they can generate heat detrimental to body tissues. September 11, 2018

Alumnus Omur Ozel joins George Washington University as tenure-track faculty
His research addresses reliability, timeliness, security and robustness in existing and emerging communication and computation settings. August 30, 2018

Ulukus Named ECE Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Sennur Ulukus will serve as the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies from 2018-2021. July 11, 2018

Alumnus Ravi Tandon Receives 2018 Keysight Early Career Professor Award 
Tandon has been recognized for his work on wireless networks and cloud computing environments. May 10, 2018

ECE Names 2017-2018 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
The fellowships are awarded to outstanding students in the final stages of dissertation work in recognition of their research excellence. April 18, 2018

Ulukus named Anthony Ephremides Professor in Information Sciences and Systems
The chaired professorship provides annual support for a faculty member in the field of Information Sciences and Systems in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  April 17, 2018

Alumnus Raef Bassily joins Ohio State as tenure-track faculty
At Maryland, Bassily was advised by Professor Sennur Ulukus. April 10, 2018

Ulukus Named IEEE ITSOC Distinguished Lecturer
She has been selected by the Information Theory Society as one of only five Distinguished Lecturers for 2018-2019. February 21, 2018

Clark School Researchers Recognized Among "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds"
Three Clark School faculty members have been named to Clarivate Analytics' 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list. January 4, 2018

Ulukus is PI for new NSF information-theoretic physical layer security grant
The research will address practical issues arising from user misbehavior, conflicting user interests, lack of complete network state information; and to devise practically implementable codes. July 3, 2017

ECE Names 2016-2017 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2016-17. May 4, 2017

Alumnus Ravi Tandon receives NSF CAREER Award
Tandon is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona. March 9, 2017

Ulukus Delivers UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture
Prof. Ulukus’s talk covered research advances in wireless communications in the last 20+ years, intertwined with her own research in the field and personal journey. December 7, 2016

Alumna Jing Yang begins tenure-track position at Penn State
The 2010 EE Ph.D. was a student of Sennur Ulukus. September 3, 2016

Four ISR students named to Clark School Future Faculty Fellow program
The program prepares Ph.D. students for academic careers in top-50 engineering schools. April 19, 2016

Sennur Ulukus named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Ulukus is the ninth ISR faculty member to be so honored. March 29, 2016

Alum Ravi Tandon joins University of Arizona's ECE Department
Former student of Sennur Ulukus has research interests in information theory, wireless networks. December 16, 2015

Sennur Ulukus named IEEE Fellow
Citation reads, "for contributions to characterizing performance limits of wireless networks." December 1, 2015

Ulukus to investigate rechargable networks with energy cooperation
New NSF grant will develop wireless nodes that can harvest ambient energy and share it within a network. September 2, 2015

Alumna Jing Yang wins NSF CAREER Award
Yang will design sensor networks that combine energy harvesting communication ideas with 'big data' ideas. March 19, 2015

Ulukus to exploit wireless network interference in new NSF grant
Research will help network designers pack more into limited spectrum space. September 17, 2014

Ulukus is PI for NSF grant on energy harvesting wireless communication devices
Ulukus will establish performance limits and design principles for networks of these devices. September 2, 2014

Students win ECE Dissertation Fellowships
This year all five Ph.D. students are related to ISR. May 5, 2014

Ulukus Receives $400K NSF Grant
Professor Sennur Ulukus will focus on wireless security research with funds from the National Science Foundation. November 18, 2013

ECE Names 2012-2013 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Anand, Fan, Guan, and Xie recognized for outstanding research. April 4, 2013

Six ISR students named to Future Faculty Fellows program
Clark School program prepares students for academic careers in Top-50 engineering schools. January 18, 2013

Ulukus Invited to Lecture at 2012 European School of Information Theory
Presents to 75 Ph.D. students in Antalya, Turkey on Information Theoretic Security May 8, 2012

ECE Names 2011-2012 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Ekrem, Ropp, Shroff, and Tyagi recognized for research excellence in their dissertations. February 29, 2012

Six ISR grad students in Clark School Future Faculty Program
Program helps students prepare for academic careers in top-50 engineering schools. February 14, 2012

Alumnus Tandon awarded best paper at GLOBECOM 2011
Tandon wins best paper at flagship conference of IEEE Communications Society. January 10, 2012

Sennur Ulukus is PI for NSF grant on secure cognitive radio networks
Collaborative research includes work with two Finnish universities and Northwestern. October 28, 2011

2011 ISR Awards Ceremony winners announced
Awards given to faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. June 2, 2011

ISR faculty earn promotions
Sennur Ulukus, Elisabeth Smela, Min Wu and Bruce Jacob promoted to Full Professor. May 18, 2011

Arya Mazumdar wins information theory student paper prize
Ph.D. student wins for paper co-written with advisor Alexander Barg. September 11, 2010

Ulukus Receives NSF Grant for Wireless Networks Research
Prof. Sennur Ulukus' research will investigate "Delay Minimization in Wireless Networks." August 28, 2010

Ulukus Receives NSF Grant for Wireless Security Research
Prof. Sennur Ulukus wins four-year, $1.1 million grant to secure wireless communication in the physical layer. May 12, 2010

Ulukus Awarded NSF Grant for Rechargeable Networks Research
Research focuses on wireless communication networks that recharge by harvesting energy from the environment. March 23, 2010

Seven ECE Students Named Future Faculty Fellows
Ph.D. students chosen to participate in Clark School program designed to prepare future professors. February 28, 2010

NSA designates University of Maryland as 'National Center of Academic Excellence'
OIT IT director and ECE/ME/ISR faculty honored for work in information assurance research. May 27, 2009

Alumnus Soysal Joins Faculty of Turkey's Bahçeşehir University
Alkan Soysal (Ph.D., '08) is assistant professor of electrical and electronics engineering. November 10, 2008

ECE Alumnus Wins Best Paper at IEEE Wireless Conference
Onur Kaya, Ph.D. '05, received an award for the paper he co-authored on wireless networking. April 7, 2008

NSF multi-user wireless communications grant for Ulukus
Research will develop an understanding and theory about correlated data as well as cooperation and feedback in wireless networks. September 20, 2007

Ulukus is PI on new NSF wireless networks grant
Research to take an information theoretic approach in providing guarantees for wireless network security and reliability. August 22, 2007

Five ISR communication researchers featured in E@M magazine
Cover story features Professors Ulukus, Ephremides, Narayan, Liu and La February 24, 2007

Richard La promoted to associate professor
ECE and ISR faculty member is specialist in network modeling and resource allocation. February 22, 2007

ECE Faculty Promotions Announced
Two promoted to professor and four promoted to associate professor. April 27, 2006

Post-doctoral Fellow Luo Joins Colorado State Faculty
Luo is moving on after four years as post-doctoral fellow at Maryland. April 21, 2006

Shapiro, Barua, Ulukus and Wu receive tenure
Four ISR faculty promoted to associate professor rank March 16, 2006

Ephremides is PI for NSF MRI grant on wireless sensor networks
Project will develop experimental prototypes of intelligent embedded systems September 3, 2005

Ulukus receives ITR-Cybertrust grant
NSF award to further research on secure wireless systems July 10, 2005

Ephremides, Ulukus, Tassiulas part of DoD MURI
Researchers to investigate dynamic, ad-hoc wireless networking March 20, 2005

Ulukus receives NSF CAREER Award
ISR/ECE professor researching a network information theoretic approach to wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks February 5, 2005

Ephremides, Baras, La, Ulukus awarded wireless networks grant
Research to exploit inter-layer dependencies in network protocols for improved performance. September 3, 2002