Ian Roberts

Hello, I'm Ian Roberts.

I am a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. My research is in wireless communication.

I am a first second third fourth fifth-year Ph.D. student candidate in the electrical and computer engineering program at the University of Texas at Austin. I am fortunate to be supervised by Prof. Jeff Andrews and to be part of his research group. I am also advised by Prof. Sriram Vishwanath and part of his Laboratory of Informatics, Networks, and Communications (LINC). Along with many others, we are members of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) and the 6G@UT Research Center.

I am honored to have recently been awarded the 2023 Andrea Goldsmith Young Scholars Award by the Communication Theory Technical Committee of the IEEE Communications Society.

I am fortunate to have been selected as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. I appreciate their support of my research and studies.

The GitHub repositories associated with several of my papers are listed below:

I have created and released MIMO for MATLAB (https://mimoformatlab.com), a publicly available package for simulating multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) communication. It is completely documented, and video tutorials are in progress.

I was recently affiliated with GenXComm (GXC), a startup that develops a suite of full-duplex solutions that enable simultaneous transmission and reception in-band for various applications. GenXComm was founded in 2016 by Prof. Sriram Vishwanath and Hardik B. Jain.

I received my undergraduate electrical engineering degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology in May 2018. I was involved in undergraduate research supervised by Prof. Y. Rosa Zheng on the topic of underwater acoustic communication.

I am a licensed amateur radio operator. My callsign is KE0QVW.

IEEE-Style Biography

Ian P. Roberts received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate and part of the 6G@UT Research Center and the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He has industry experience developing and prototyping wireless technologies at AT&T Labs, Amazon, GenXComm (startup), Sandia National Laboratories, and Dynetics, Inc. His research interests are in the theory and implementation of millimeter wave systems, in-band full-duplex, and other next-generation technologies for wireless communication and sensing. He is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

Ph.D. Research

My Ph.D. research aims to bring in-band full-duplex capability to millimeter wave communication systems by leveraging dense antenna arrays to mitigate self-interference in the spatial domain. I combine theory, practical knowledge, and measurements to motivate, develop, and validate my research in an effort to create full-duplex solutions that integrate into real millimeter wave communication systems.

Research Interests

My broad research interestes are in wireless communication and sensing; communication system design, optimization, and simulation; millimeter wave; full-duplex; satellite communication systems; array signal processing; radar; measurements and prototyping. I aim to develop technologies that advance next-generation wireless communication systems by combining theory, practical knowledge, measurements, and experimental proofs-of-concept. Once I am finished with school, I look forward to a career where I can continue to research, develop, and prototype wireless technologies.

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Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ongoing
University of Texas at Austin

M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2020
University of Texas at Austin

B.S. Electrical Engineering, 2018
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Research Experience

University of Texas at Austin, September 2020 – Present
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Yonsei University (Korea), August 2022
Visiting Student, Intelligence Networking Lab (Prof. Chan-Byoung Chae)

Arizona State University, June 2022
Visiting Student, Wireless Intelligence Lab (Prof. Ahmed Alkhateeb)

GenXComm, September 2019 – August 2020
Wireless Research Engineer

University of Texas at Austin, September 2018 – May 2019
Graduate Research Assistant

Missouri University of Science and Technology, January 2017 – May 2018
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Industry Experience

AT&T Labs, Summer 2021
Intern, Advanced Wireless Technologies Group

Amazon, Summer 2019
Intern, Wireless Technology Group

GenXComm, May 2018 – May 2019
Wireless Engineering Intern

Sandia National Laboratories, May 2017 – May 2018
R&D Electrical Engineering Intern

Dynetics, Inc., Summer 2016
Electrical Engineering Intern

Recent Publications

I. P. Roberts, A. Chopra, T. Novlan, S. Vishwanath, and J. G. Andrews, “Spatial and Statistical Modeling of Multi-Panel Millimeter Wave Self-Interference,” IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (to appear), Apr. 2023. [PDF] [arXiv] [code]

I. P. Roberts, S. Vishwanath, and J. G. Andrews, “LoneSTAR: Analog Beamforming Codebooks for Full-Duplex Millimeter Wave Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Jan. 2023. [PDF] [IEEE] [arXiv] [code]

I. P. Roberts and H. A. Suraweera, “Full-Duplex Transceivers for Next-Generation Wireless Communication Systems,” Book chapter to appear in Fundamentals of 6G Communications and Networking to be published by Springer, Oct. 2022. [PDF] [arXiv]

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[my three initials] [at] utexas [dot] edu

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