Current Ph.D. Students

  • Eric Cawi
  • (B.S.: George Mason University, USA)
  • Hesam Mazidi
  • (B.S.: Isfahan University of Technology, Iran). Jointly advised with Dr. Matt Lew.
  • Prateek Gundannavar Vijay
  • (B.Tech.: IIIT-Hyderabad, India)
  • Yijian Xiang
  • (B.S.: USTC, China)
  • Yiqi Lin
  • (B.S.: Tsinghua U, China)
  • Zhen Zhang
  • (B.S.: USTC, China)
  • Zhenqi Lu
  • (M.Eng.: SJTU, China; B.S.: SJTU, China)

    Student News

    Graduated Ph.D. Students

    Statistics: I have graduated 32 Ph.D. students as their sole advisor. Of these graduates, 6 are female, 12 are faculty members, 2 are in US government research labs, 18 in industry (including 2 who each founded a company, and 5 in finances). To see the list divided by employers, click here.
    Countries of origins: My Ph.D. students have come from 12 countries (Argentina, Chile, China, India, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Serbia, Turkey, UK, USA, and Zimbabwe). To view maps showing the origins of these students, click here.
    Previous schools: To see the schools where my graduated and current Ph.D. students had obtained their earlier degrees, click here.
    Testimonials: To view all testimonials of former Ph.D. students, click here.
    1. Mianzhi Wang, "Statistical Performance Analysis of Sparse Linear Arrays," Washington University in St. Louis, 2018.
      Now Software Engineer, Google, Inc., Mountain View, California.
    2. Mengxue Zhang, "Forward Electrophysiological Modeling and Inverse Problem for Uterine Contractions During Pregnancy," Washington University in St. Louis, 2018.
    3. Alex Cassidy, "Graph-theoretic models for smart power grid analysis: predictions, influence, and design," Washington University in St. Louis, 2016.
      Now Software Engineer, AmTrust Financial, Cleveland, Ohio.
    4. Jichuan Li, "Distributed target tracking and synchronization in wireless sensor networks," Washington University in St. Louis, 2016.
      Now Senior Software Engineer, Google, Inc., Mountain View, California.
    5. Zhao Tan, "Discrete and continuous sparse recovery methods and their applications," Washington University in St. Louis, 2015.
      Now Quantitative Researcher at Jump Trading LLC, New York, New York. (Formerly Research Scientist, Facebook, Inc., Menlo Park, California.) Testimonial
    6. Keyong Han, "Statistical nested sensor array signal processing," Washington University in St. Louis, 2015.
      Now Senior Member of Technical Staff, Oracle Corporation, Redwood City, California. Testimonial
    7. Elad Gilboa, "Scaling multidimensional inference for big structured data," Washington University in St. Louis, 2014.
      Now co-founder of a start-up company, Explority, St. Louis, Missouri. Testimonial
    8. Peng Yang, "Power system state estimation and renewable energy optimization in smart grids," Washington University in St. Louis, 2014.
      Now Principal Data Scientist/Senior Manager at Walmart Labs, Sunnyvale, California. Testimonial
    9. Xiaoxiao Xu, "Design and implementation of position-encoded microfluidic microsphere-trap arrays," Washington University in St. Louis, 2014.
      Now Principal Member of Technical Staff, Oracle Corporation, Redwood City, California. Testimonial
    10. Phani Chavali, "Multiple-target tracking in complex scenarios," Washington University in St. Louis, 2013.
      Now Data Science & Analytics Platform Lead, Monsanto Science Fellow, Monsanto R&D, St. Louis, Missouri. Testimonial
    11. Vanessa Tidwell, "Fast and robust automatic segmentation methods for MR images of injured or cancerous tissues," Washington University in St. Louis, 2013.
      Now Industry Consultant. Testimonial
    12. Sandeep Gogineni, "Adaptive MIMO radar for target detection, estimation, and tracking," Washington University in St. Louis, 2012.
      Now Radar Research Engineer at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. Testimonial
    13. Tao Li, "Underwater direction-of-arrival finding: maximum likelihood estimation and performance analysis," Washington University in St. Louis, 2012.
      Now Seismic Imager, CGGVeritas, Houston, Texas. Testimonial
    14. Marija Nikolic, "Through-the-wall imaging and multipath exploration," Washington University in St. Louis, 2011.
      Now Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade. Testimonial
    15. Gongguo Tang, "Computable performance analysis of recovering signals with low-dimensional structures," Washington University in St. Louis, 2011.
      Now Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Colorado School of Mines. Testimonial
    16. Murat Akcakaya, "Biologically inspired sensing and MIMO radar array processing," Washington University in St. Louis, 2010.
      Now Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Pittsburgh. Testimonial
    17. Satyabrata Sen, "Adaptive OFDM radar for target detection and tracking," Washington University in St. Louis, 2010.
      Now Senior R&D Staff with the Complex Systems Group, Computer Science and Engineering Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Testimonial
    18. Patricio S. La Rosa, "Modeling and detection of uterine contractions using magnetomyography," Washington University in St. Louis, 2010.
      Now Data Science Lead of Production, Monsanto Science Fellow, Monsanto R&D, St. Louis, Missouri.
    19. Pinaki Sarder, "Statistical design and imaging of position-encoded 3D microarrays," Washington University in St. Louis, 2010.
      Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, NY. Testimonial
    20. Nannan Cao , "Estimating extended brain sources using EEG and diffuse optical tomography," Washington University in St. Louis, 2007.
      Now Senior R&D Systems Engineer, Sandia National Labs. Testimonial
    21. Martin Hurtado, "Optimal Polarized Waveforms for Detecting and Tracking Targets in Clutter," Washington University in St. Louis, 2007.
      Now Research Associate, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina; Adjunct Professor, National University of La Plata. Testimonial
    22. Zhi Liu, "Detection and Localization of Particle-Emitting Sources with Compound-Eye Inspired Detector Arrays," Washington University in St. Louis, 2007.
      Now Co-founder and Vice President, Hisgadget Inc., Union City, California. Testimonial
    23. Jian Wang, "Statistical Signal Processing for Radar in Compound-Gaussian Sea Clutter," Washington University in St. Louis, 2007 .
      Now VP, CITICS Securities, Hong Kong, China. Testimonial
    24. Tong Zhao, "Detection and Estimation of Diffusive Sources Using Sensor Arays and Wireless Sensor Networks," Washington University in St. Louis, 2006.
      Now Sr. Staff Data Scientist, GE Digital, Shanghai, China. Testimonial
    25. Gang Shi, "Performance Analysis of Multiple-input Multiple-output Systems for Macrocell Wireless Communications and Radar," Washington University in St. Louis, 2006.
      Now Associate Professor, State Key Laboratory of Integrated Services Networks, Xidian University, Xi'an, China. Testimonial
    26. D. Gutiérrez, "Ellipsoidal Head Model and Reduced-rank Interference for EEG/MEG Source Estimation," University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005.
      Now Associate Professor, Center of Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) at Monterrey, Mexico. Testimonial
    27. I. Samil Yetik, "Extended-source Estimation Using Magnetoencephalography and Performance Bounds on Image Registration," University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004.
      Now Associate Professor, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey. Testimonial
    28. Aleksandar Jeremic, "Estimating Electro-mechanical Properties of the Heart," University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003.
      Now Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University, Canada. Testimonial
    29. Aleksandar Dogandzic, "Sensor Array Processing in Correlated Noise: Algorithms and Performance Measures," University of Illinois at Chicago, 2001.
      Now Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University. Testimonial
    30. Malcolm Hawkes, "Issues in Acoustic Vector-Sensor Processing," Yale University, August 2000.
      Now Risk Analyst, Lighthouse Investment Partners, LLC, Chicago, Illinois.
    31. Bert Hochwald, "Aspects of Vector-Sensor Processing," Yale University, December 1995.
      Now Freimann Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, University of Notre Dame.
      Formerly member of the Technical Staff in the Mathematics of Communications Research Department at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, New Jersey.
      Testimonial
    32. David Starer, "Algorithms for Polynomial-Based Signal Processing," Yale University, May 1990.
      Now Investment Vice President at Quantitative Management Associates, Newark, New Jersey. Testimonial

    Some of the Graduated Master's Students

  • Matthew Johnson, "Detection of Parkinson disease rest tremor," Washinton University in St. Louis, 2014.
  • Simone Ferrara, Washington University in St. Louis, 2008.
  • Hero (Heeralal) Choudhary, "Tumor detection and estimation using Bayesian conjugate prior optical tomography," Washington University in St. Louis, 2006.
        Now Portfolio Manager, J Goldman & Co, New York City, NY.
  • Daniela Donno, "Estimation of seismic wave velocity/polarization and interference suppression using beamforming," University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005.
        Now Geophysical Researcher with CGG, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Formerly Assistant Professor, Ecole des Mines, Paris, France.)
  • Recent Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Oshri Naparstek, (Ph.D.: Bar-llan University, Israel), 09/2014 to 7/2015.
  • Vanessa Tidwell, (Ph.D.: Washington University in St. Louis), 10/2013 to 2/2014.
  • Weifeng Zhang, (Ph.D.: Sun Yat-Sen University, China), 3/2011 to 2/2012.
  • Martin Hurtado, (Ph.D.: Washington University in St. Louis), 9/2007 to 12/2008.
  • Alexandre Renaux, (Ph.D.: Ecole Normale Suprieure of Cachan, France), 10/2006 to 9/2007.
        Now Assistant Professor, Department of Physics , University Paris-Sud 11 and member of the Laboratoire des Signaux et Systemes .
  • Jinjun Xiao, (Ph.D.: University of Minnesota), 8/2006 to 2/2008.
  • Tong Zhao, (D.Sc.: Washington University in St. Louis), 6/2006 to 9/2006 and 6/2007 to 12/2007.
        Now Research Engineer, GE Global Research Center, Shanghai, China .
  • Nicolas Von Ellenrieder, (Ph.D.: National University of La Plata, Argentina), 6/2006 to 8/2006.
        Now Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering , National University of La Plata.
  • Raoul Grasman, (Ph.D.: Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2/2005 to 5/2005.
  • Mathias Ortner, (Ph.D.: Inria Sophia-Antipolis, France), 12/2004 to 3/2006.
        Now Image Processing R&D Specialist, Airbus Defence and Space (Space Systems, Inc.)
  • I. Samil Yetik, (Ph.D.: UIC, USA), 7/2004 to 6/2005.
        Now Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering , Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • Recent Visiting Faculty

  • V. M. Istemihan Genc, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey (6/2018 to 9/2018). (D.Sc.: Washington University in St. Louis, 2001)
  • Yimin Liu, Tsinghua University, China (1/2016 to 4/2016).
  • Martin Hurtado, National University of La Plata, Argentina (7/2015 to 9/2015).
  • Carlos Muravchik, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina (1/2003 to 5/2003; 11/2006 to 1/2007; 1/2010 to 4/2010)
  • Amir Leshem, Bar-Ilan University, Israel (8/2005 to 9/2005)
  • Josef Francos, Ben Gurion University, Israel (6/2004 to 10/2004)
  • Jing Hu, Zhejiang University of Technology, China (6/2003 to 6/2004)
  • Recent Visiting Students

  • Guojun Jiang, Ph.D. student, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, September 17th, 2017, to October 15th, 2018.
  • Yan Huang, Ph.D. student, Xidian University, China, July 20th, 2017, to August 25th, 2018.
  • Kun Jin, undergraduate student, Peking University, China, June 29th, 2016, to September 4th, 2016.
  • Johan Wahlström, Ph.D. student, KTH Royal Institute of Technology , Stockholm, Sweden, August 31, 2015 to February 2016.
  • Wei Miao, was undergraduate student, Tsinghua University, China, July 5th, 2015, to September 10th, 2015.
  • Xingye Chen, was undergraduate student, Tsinghua University, China, July 5th, 2015, to September 10th, 2015.
  • Liangliang Ren, was undergraduate student, Tsinghua University, China, July 5th, 2015, to September 10th, 2015.
  • Christina Salchow, was senior student, Ilmenau Technical University, Germany, September 2011 to December 2011.
  • Alessio Balleri, was master's student, University di Pisa , Italy, June 2004 to December 2004.
  • Yamama Raza, was undergraduate student, Smith College, Massachusetts, USA, June 2004 to August 2004.
        Now Research Associate at Esty Environmental Partners, Expertise in Corporate Sustainability Strategy
  • Fetsje Bijma, was Ph.D. student, Vrije Universitiet Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 2003 to October 2003.
        Now Assitant Professor, Vrije Universitiet Medical Center in Amsterdam.
  • Nidhal Bouaynaya, was master's student, Ecole Nationale Superieure de l'Electronique et de ses Applications - ENSEA, France, April 2003 to September 2003.
        Now Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Engineering, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
  • Lourens Waldorp, was Ph.D. student, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 2002 to December 2002.
        Now Assitant Professor, University of Amsterdam , The Netherlands.
  • Lists of Courses, Tutorials, Theses, Books, and Articles

  • To see a list of possible courses at WU and UIC, click here.
  • To find links to courses on the internet, click here.
  • To find links to tutorials on the internet, click here.
  • To find MIT theses and research materials, click here.
  • Ph.D. thesis online:
  • To see a list of possible books for my students, click here.
  • To see a list of useful links on technical writing for my students, click here.
  • Behavioral dynamics from Santa Fe Institute: http://www.santafe.edu/research/topic/behavioral-dynamics/
  • Richard Hamming "You and Your Research": http://magic.aladdin.cs.cmu.edu/wp-uploads/hamming.pdf
  • The Graduate Junction www.graduatejunction.com
  • Latex Resources: http://artsci.wustl.edu/~rapkin/latex/
  • Template for creating slides using Latex Beamer class: http://www.ese.wustl.edu/~nehorai/beamer_template.zip
  • Guidelines for commenting software codes:
  • WUSTL Seminars

  • BME Departmental Seminars: http://bme.wustl.edu/About/Events.asp?EventType=Departmental+Seminars
  • CSE Departmental Seminars: http://cse.seas.wustl.edu/About/Events.asp?EventType=Departmental+Seminars
  • ESE Departmental Seminars: http://ese.wustl.edu/aboutthedepartment/Pages/Seminars.aspx
  • Faculty Assembly Series: http://assemblyseries.wustl.edu/
  • Mathematics Department Talklist: http://www.math.wustl.edu/~talklist/TalkList.html
  • Center for Applied Statistics: http://stats.wustl.edu/index.php
  • Neuroscience Colloquium: http://neuroscienceresearch.wustl.edu/Pages/NeuroscienceColloquium.aspx
  • Useful Links

  • To see a list of useful links for the students, click here.
  • Pictures




    Group Picture in the Lab (October 12, 2018)



    From left to right: Zhen Zhang, Feng Xi, Eric Cawi, Jie Li, Zhenqi Lu, Prof. Nehorai, Mianzhi Wang,
    Guojun Jiang, Yijian Xiang, Mengxue Zhang, Prateek Gundannavar Vijay,


    Group Picture Outside Green Hall (August 24, 2018)



    From left to right: Eric Cawi, Yiqi Lin, Zhen Zhang, Yan Huang, Zhenqi Lu, Prof. Nehorai,
    Mianzhi Wang, Prateek Gundannavar Vijay, Jie Li, Yijian Xiang, Mengxue Zhang


    Group Picture Outside Green Hall (March 25, 2016)



    From left to right: Hesam Mazidi, Yijian Xiang, Jichuan Li, Alex Cassidy, Prof. Nehorai,
    Yimin Liu, Mianzhi Wang, Mengxue Zhang, Prateek Gundannavar Vijay


    Group Picture from Thanksgiving Dinner (November 26, 2015)



    From left to right: Yijian Xiang, Zhen Zhang, Hesam Mazidi, Mianzhi Wang, Johan Wahlström,
    Prof. Nehorai, Prateek Gundannavar Vijay, Mengxue Zhang, Jichuan Li, Alex Cassidy.


    Links to Other Pictures