Mojtaba Soltanalian

     

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Assistant Professor in Information Systems,

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Director,
WaveOPT Laboratory

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Office: SEO 1031

Email: msol at uic.edu


I received the B.Sc. degree from Sharif University of Technology, in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering (with specialization in signal processing) under the supervision of Prof. Peter Stoica at the Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Sweden, in Oct. 2014.

Before joining UIC, I held research positions at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (working with Prof. Babak Hassibi), and SnT, University of Luxembourg (working with Prof. Björn Ottersten). My research interests lie in the interplay of signal processing and optimization theory, and specifically different ways optimization theory can facilitate a better processing and design of signals for collecting information, communication, as well as to form a more profound understanding of data, whether it is in everyday applications or in large-scale, complex scenarios. I have been a recipient of -or supported in part by- different research grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, European Research Council (ERC), the Swedish Research Council (VR), and Ericsson.

I serve as member of the editorial board of Signal Processing, and as the vice chair of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Chapter in Chicago.

News / Quick Access

12/2017: Will receive the 2017 IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Young Author Best Paper Award!

5/2017: Received new 4-year NSF grant supporting our research efforts on "Low-Resolution Sampling with Generalized Thresholds".

9/2017: Received new DoD instrumentation grant- "Three Birds with One Stone: High-Frequency Instrumentation for Semiconductor Device Characterization, Radar and Communication System Measurements".

ISL Talk at Stanford.

Teaching: ECE 531- Detection and Estimation Theory.

Teaching: ECE 516- Adaptive Digital Filters.

Publications

 

Ph.D. Thesis

Signal Design for Active Sensing and Communications
For more information, see here.

Journal Papers:

Author(s) Title Journal Info.
J19 M. Soltanalian, A. Gharanjik, B. Shankar, and B. Ottersten Grab-n-Pull: A Max-Min Fractional Quadratic Programming Framework with Applications in Signal Processing IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing Submitted, 2017.
J18 A. Bose and M. Soltanalian Constructing Binary Sequences with Optimal Peak Sidelobe Level: An Efficient Analytical-Computational Interplay IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing Submitted, 2017.
J17 M. Maleki, K. Mohamed-Pour, and M. Soltanalian Receive Spatial Modulation in Correlated Massive MIMO with Partial CSI IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing Submitted, 2017.
J16 A. Kalantari, C. Tsinos, M. Soltanalian, S. Chatzinotas, W.-K. Ma, and B. Ottersten Energy-Efficient M-QAM Precoder Design with Spatial Peak Power Minimization for MIMO Directional Modulation Transceivers IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications Submitted, 2017.
J15 H. Hu, M. Soltanalian, P. Stoica, and X. Zhu Locating the Few: Sparsity-Aware Waveform Design for Active Radar IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing vol. 65, no. 3, pp. 651-662, Feb.1, 2017. Preprint
J14 M. Soltanalian, M. M. Naghsh, N. Shariati, P. Stoica, and B. Hassibi Training Signal Design for Correlated Massive MIMO Channel Estimation IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 1135-1143, Feb. 2017. Preprint
J13 A. Kalantari, M. Soltanalian, S. Maleki, S. Chatzinotas, and B. Ottersten Directional Modulation via Symbol-Level Precoding: A Way to Enhance Security IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing vol. 10, no. 8, pp. 1478-1493, Dec. 2016. Preprint
J12 M. M. Naghsh, M. Soltanalian, P. Stoica, M. Masjedi, and B. Ottersten Efficient Sum-Rate Maximization for Large-Scale MIMO AF-Relay Networks IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications vol. 15, no. 9, pp. 6400-6411, Sept. 2016. Preprint
J11 M. Soltanalian and P. Stoica On Prime Root-of-Unity Sequences with Perfect Periodic Correlation IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing vol. 62, no. 20, pp. 5458-5470, Oct, 2014. Appeared on the IEEE TSP Popular Articles list, Sep. 2014. Preprint
J10 M. Soltanalian, H. Hu and P. Stoica Single-Stage Transmit Beamforming Design for MIMO Radar Signal Processing vol. 102, pp. 132-138, Sep. 2014. Preprint
J9 M. M. Naghsh, M. Soltanalian, P. Stoica and M. Hashemi Radar Code Design for Detection of Moving Targets IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 2762-2778, Oct. 2014. Appeared on the IEEE TAES Popular Articles list, Dec. 2014. Preprint
J8 M. Soltanalian and P. Stoica Designing Unimodular Codes via Quadratic Optimization IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing vol. 62, no. 5, pp. 1221-1234, 2014. pdf
J7 L. Dai, M. Soltanalian and K. Pelckmans On the Randomized Kaczmarz Algorithm IEEE Signal Processing Letters vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 330-333, Mar. 2014. pdf
J6 M. M. Naghsh, M. Hashemi, S. Shahbazpanahi, M. Soltanalian and P. Stoica Unified Optimization Framework for Multi-Static Radar Code Design using Information-Theoretic Criteria IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing vol. 61, no. 21, pp. 5401-5416, 2013. pdf
J5 M. Soltanalian, M. M. Naghsh, and P. Stoica On Meeting the Peak Correlation Bounds IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing vol. 62, no. 5, pp. 1210-1220, 2014. pdf, Sequence Sets
J4 M. M. Naghsh, M. Soltanalian, P. Stoica, M. Hashemi, A. De Maio and A. Aubry A Doppler Robust Design of Transmit Sequence and Receive Filter in the Presence of Signal-Dependent Interference IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing vol. 62, no. 4, pp. 772-785, Feb. 2014. Appeared on the IEEE TSP Popular Articles list, Jan. 2014. pdf
J3 M. Soltanalian, B. Tang, J. Li, and P. Stoica Joint Design of the Receive Filter and Transmit Sequence for Active Sensing IEEE Signal Processing Letters vol. 20, no. 5, pp. 423-426, May 2013. pdf
J2 M. Soltanalian, M. M. Naghsh, and P. Stoica A Fast Algorithm for Designing Complementary Sets of Sequences Signal Processing vol .93, pp. 2096-2102, 2013. pdf
J1 M. Soltanalian and P. Stoica Computational Design of Sequences with Good Correlation Properties IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing vol. 60, no. 5, pp. 2180-2193, May 2012. pdf, Slides

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers:

Author(s) Title Conference Info.
C34 A. Bose, A. Ameri, M. Klug, and M. Soltanalian Low-Rank Matrix Recovery From One-Bit Comparison Information IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2018 Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2018. Submitted.
C33 N. Naimipour and M. Soltanalian Efficient Non-Convex Graph Clustering for Big Data IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2018 Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2018. Submitted.
C32 S. Khobahi and M. Soltanalian Optimized Transmission for Consensus in Wireless Sensor Networks IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2018 Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2018. Submitted.
C31 M. Maleki, K. Mohamed-Pour and M. Soltanalian Preprocessing-Aided Spatial Modulation for Massive MIMO with Imperfect CSIT IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2018 Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2018. Submitted.
C30 A. Bose, N. Mohammadi and M. Soltanalian Designing Signals with Good Correlation and Distribution Properties IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2018 Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2018. Submitted.
C29 A. Bose and M. Soltanalian Efficient Construction of Polyphase Sequences With Optimal Peak Sidelobe Level Growth 5th IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP) 2017 Montreal, Canada, 2017.
C27 M. Mousaei, M. Soltanalian and B. Smida ComSens: Exploiting Pilot Diversity for Pervasive Integration of Communication and Sensing in MIMO-TDD Frameworks MILCOM 2017 Baltimore, Maryland, 2017.
C26 A. Bose and M. Soltanalian Non-Convex Shredded Signal Reconstruction via Sparsity Enhancement IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2017 New Orleans, LA, 2017. pdf
C25 A. Kalantari, C. Tsinos, M. Soltanalian, S. Chatzinotas, W.-K. Ma, and B. Ottersten MIMO Directional Modulation M-QAM Precoding for Transceivers Performance Enhancement 18th IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC) 2017 Sapporo, Japan, 2017.
C24 A. Kalantari, C. Tsinos, M. Soltanalian, S. Chatzinotas, W.-K. Ma, and B. Ottersten Spatial Peak Power Minimization for Relaxed Phase M-PSK MIMO Directional Modulation Transmitter 25th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO) 2017 Kos Island, Greece, 2017.
C23 A. Gharanjik, B. Shankar, M. Soltanalian, and B. Ottersten Max-Min Transmit Beamforming via Iterative Regularization 50th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers Pacific Grove, CA, 2016.
C22 M. Soltanalian, B. Shankar, and B. Ottersten Reliability Problems and Pareto-Optimality in Cognitive Radar (Invited Paper) 24th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO) 2016 Budapest, Hungary, 2016. pdf
C21 A. Gharanjik, B. Shankar, M. Soltanalian, and B. Ottersten An Iterative Approach to Nonconvex QCQP with Applications in Signal Processing IEEE 9th Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM) 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016. pdf
C20 M. Soltanalian, A. Gharanjik, B. Shankar, and B. Ottersten Grab-n-Pull: An Optimization Framework for Fairness-Achieving Networks IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2016 Shanghai, China, 2016. pdf
C19 M. M. Naghsh, M. Soltanalian, P. Stoica, M. Masjedi, and B. Ottersten Rate Optimization for Massive MIMO Relay Networks: A Minorization-Maximization Approach IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2016 Shanghai, China, 2016. pdf
C18 A. Kalantari, M. Soltanalian, S. Maleki, S. Chatzinotas, and B. Ottersten Secure M-PSK Communication via Directional Modulation IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2016 Shanghai, China, 2016. pdf
C17 E. Lagunas, S. Maleki, S. Chatzinotas, M. Soltanalian, Ana Perez-Neira, and B. Ottersten Power and Rate Allocation in Cognitive Satellite Uplink Networks IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016. pdf
C16 M. Soltanalian and B. Hassibi Beyond Semidefinite Relaxtion: Basis Banks and Computationally Enhanced Guarantees IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT) 2015 Hong Kong, 2015. pdf
C15 M. Soltanalian, P. Stoica and J. Li Search for Costas Arrays Via Sparse Representation 22nd European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2014 Lisbon, Portugal, 2014. pdf
C14 M. Soltanalian, P. Stoica, M. M. Naghsh and A. De Maio Design of Piecewise Linear Polyphase Sequences with Good Correlation Properties 22nd European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2014 Lisbon, Portugal, 2014. pdf
C13 H. Hu, M. Soltanalian, P. Stoica and X. Zhu Sparsity-Aided Radar Waveform Synthesis 22nd European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2014 Lisbon, Portugal, 2014. pdf
C12 E. Hidayat, M. Soltanalian, A. Medvedev and K. Nordström Stimuli Design for Identification of Spatially Distributed Motion Detectors in Biological Vision Systems 13th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, ICARCV 2014 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 2014. pdf
C11 M. Soltanalian and P. Stoica MERIT: A Monotonically Error-Bound Improving Technique for Unimodular Quadratic Programming IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2014 Florence, Italy, 2014. pdf
C10 M. Soltanalian, M. M. Naghsh and P. Stoica Approaching Peak Correlation Bounds Via Alternating Projections IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2014 Florence, Italy, 2014. pdf
C9 M. M. Naghsh, M. Soltanalian, P. Stoica, M. Hashemi, A. De Maio and A. Aubry A Max-Min Design of Transmit Sequence and Receive Filter IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2014 Florence, Italy, 2014. pdf
C8 M. M. Naghsh, M. Hashemi, A. Sheikhi, M. Soltanalian and P. Stoica Unimodular Code Design for MIMO Radar Using Bhattacharyya Distance IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2014 Florence, Italy, 2014. pdf
C7 A. Aubry, A. De Maio, M. Piezzo, M. M. Naghsh, M. Soltanalian and P. Stoica Cognitive Radar Waveform Design for Spectral Coexistence in Signal-Dependent Interference IEEE Radar Conference (RADARCON) 2014 Cincinnati, OH, USA, 2014. pdf
C6 M. M. Naghsh, M. Soltanalian, P. Stoica and M. Hashemi Radar Code Optimization for Moving Target Detection 21st European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2013 Marrakech, Morocco, 2013. pdf, Poster
C5 M. M. Naghsh, M. Hashemi, S. Shahbazpanahi, M. Soltanalian and P. Stoica Majorization-Minimization Technique for Multi-Static Radar Code Design 21st European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2013 Marrakech, Morocco, 2013. Short-listed for the best paper award. pdf, Slides
C4 M. Soltanalian and P. Stoica Design of Perfect Phase-Quantized Sequences with Low Peak-to-Average-Power Ratio European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO) Bucharest, Romania, August 2012. pdf, Poster
C3 M. Soltanalian and P. Stoica Perfect Root-of-Unity Codes with Prime-Size Alphabet IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) Prague, Czech Republic, May 2011, pp. 3136-3139. pdf, Poster
C2 M. Soltanolkotabi, M. Soltanalian, A. Amini, and F. Marvasti A Practical Sparse Channel Estimation for Current OFDM Standards International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT) Marrakech, Morocco, May 2009, pp. 217-222. pdf
C1 M. Soltanalian Analysis and Optimization of the Generalized Caesar Encryption System 11th Student Conference on Electrical Engineering (ISCEE) 2008, In Persian. Link

Technical Reports:

T1 M. Soltanalian and P. Stoica A Recursive Method for Enumeration of Costas Arrays arXiv:1404.0173 2014, Online.

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BSc Thesis:

On the Reconstruction of 1D Signals from their Fourier Transform Phase or Magnitude —  with a Focus on Sparse Signal Reconstruction, Sharif University of Technology, 2009. Abstract, A related draft