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The Doctoral Prize named after Charles H. Wilts has been instituted by his Caltech colleagues and was endowed by his friends, students, and colleagues as a lasting tribute to the scientist, the teacher, and the man he was. The mark of his science was excellence. His teaching was rigorous and his demands were high, but attainable when his own path of exactitude followed. Most of all, it is the man that the prize wants to honor. He loved nature enthusiastically, had a disarming personal simplicity with an engaging smile and laugh, and possessed an unbending integrity and rectitude he placed above any concerns for fame, power, or profit. He deeply respected his fellow men.

The Charles Wilts Prize is awarded every year to one EE graduate student for outstanding independent research in electrical engineering leading to a PhD.

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—Charles H. Wilts

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Carlos Roberto Gonzalez Palacios2015
Carlos Roberto Gonzalez

Advisors: Yaser Abu-Mostafa and Pietro Perona

Thesis: Optimal Data Distributions in Machine Learning

Samet Oymak2015
Samet Oymak

Advisor: Babak Hassibi

Thesis: Convex Relaxation for Low-Dimensional Representation: Phase Transitions and Limitations

Piya Pal2014
Piya Pal

Advisor: P P Vaidyanathan

Thesis: New directions in sparse sampling and estimation for underdetermined systems

Kaushik Sengupta2013
Kaushik Sengupta

Advisor: Ali Hajimiri

Thesis: Silicon-based Terahertz Circuits and Systems

Hongchao Zhou2013

Hongchao Zhou

Advisor: Shuki Bruck

Thesis: Randomness and Noise in Information Systems

Mohammad Amin Khajehnejad

Advisor: Babak Hassibi

Thesis: Combinatorial Regression and Improved Basis Pursuit for Sparse Estimation


Ching-Chih Weng
Advisor: PP Vaidyanathan

Thesis: The Role of Majorization and Generalized Triangular Decomposition in Communication and Signal Processing

2011 Edward A. Keehr2011
Edward A. Keehr

Advisor: Ali Hajimiri

Thesis: Techniques for Mixed-Signal Linearization and Large Signal Handling in Radio-Frequency Receiver Circuits

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Weiyu Xu

Advisor: Babak Hassibi

Thesis: Compressive Sensing for Sparse Approximations: Constructions, Algorithms, and Analysis.

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Aydin Babakhani

Advisor: Ali Hajimiri

Thesis: Near-Field Direct Antenna Modulation (NFDAM) for on-chip mm-wave transceivers

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Borching Su

Advisor: P.P. Vaidyanathan

Thesis: Blind Channel Estimation Using Redundant Precoding: New Algorithms, Analysis, and Theory

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Ao Kevin Tang
Advisor: Steven Low

Thesis: Heterogeneous Congestion Control Protocols

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Masoud Sharif
Advisor: Babak Hassibi

Thesis: Broadband Wireless Broadcast Channels: Throughput, Performance, and PAPR Reduction

Deniz Armani
Advisor: Kerry Vahala

Ultra-High-Q Planar Microcavities and Applications

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Andre Tkacenko
Advisor: P.P. Vaidyanathan

Thesis: Optimization Algorithms for Realizable Signal-Adapted Filter Banks

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Marc Riedel
Advisor: Jehoshua (Shuki) Bruck

Thesis: Cyclic Combinational Circuits

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Shayan Mookherjea
Advisor: Amnon Yariv

Coupled-resonator Optical Waveguides and Multiplexed Solitons

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Massimo Franceschetti
Advisor: Jehoshua (Shuki) Bruck

Thesis: Wireless Networks, from Collective Behavior to the Physics of Propagation

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Donhee Ham
Advisor: Ali Hajimiri

Thesis: Statistical Electronics: Noise Processes in Integrated Communication Systems

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Srinivas Mandayam Aji
Advisor: Robert McEliece

Thesis: Graphical Models and Iterative Decoding

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Ali Adibi
Advisor: Demetri Psaltis

Thesis: Persistent Holographic Storage in Photorefractive Crystals

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Mohamed-Slim Alouini
Advisor: Andrea Goldsmith

Adaptive and Diversity Techniques for Wireless Digital Communications Over Fading Channels

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Malik Magdon-Ismail
Advisor: Yaser Abu-Mostafa

Supervised Learning in Probabilistic Environments

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See-May Phoong
Advisor: P.P. Vaidyanathan

Time-Varying and Finite Field Filter Banks

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Fernando Paganini Herrera
Advisor: John Doyle

Sets and Constraints in the Analysis of Uncertain Systems

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Sidney Li Hsin-Yu
Advisor: Demetri Psaltis

Photorefractive 3-D Disks for Optical Data Storage and Artificial Neural Networks

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Enrico Santi
Advisor: Slobodan Cuk

Magnetics and Control in Power Electronics: I. Modeling of Coupled Inductors. II. One-Cycle Control of Switching Converters.

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Tsuhan Chen
Advisor: P.P. Vaidyanathan

Multidimensional Multirate Filters and Filter Banks: Theory, Design, and Implementation

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Ian Andrew Galton
Advisor: Edward C. Posner

An Analysis of Quantization Noise in Delta-Sigma Modulation and Its Application to Parallel Delta-Sigma Modulation

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