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2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

For fundamental contributions to wireless communication systems and their innovative application.

Upamanyu Madhow

Upamanyu Madhow

MS '87, PhD '90

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

Upamanyu Madhow is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current research interests focus on next generation communication, sensing and inference infrastructures centered around millimeter wave systems and on robust machine learning. Madhow has been closely involved in technology transfer
of his research through several start-up companies. He was co-founder and Chief Architect (Transport) of Bytemobile (acquired by Citrix in 2012), which developed technology deployed by mobile operators worldwide for improved wireless network utilization. He was co-founder and Chief Scientist of Wirama (acquired by Checkpoint Systems in 2009), which developed technology for RFID localization.
Most recently, he was co-founder and CEO of ShadowMaps (acquired by Uber in 2016), which developed technology for improving GPS location accuracy in urban settings, using sophisticated probabilistic inference based on satellite signal strengths and 3D maps. ShadowMaps software-only approach, which applies to any Android device, has been integrated into Uber’s infrastructure. It is now deployed for
Uber riders in major metropolitan markets worldwide, and is currently being rolled out for Uber drivers. 
Madhow is a recipient of the 1996 NSF CAREER award, Fellow of the IEEE, and co-recipient of the 2012 IEEE Marconi prize paper award in wireless communications. He is the author of two textbooks published by Cambridge University Press, Fundamentals of Digital Communication (2008) and Introduction to Communication Systems (2014), and is co-inventor on 17 U.S. patents.