Veeravalli awarded Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communication Technologies


Eleanor Wyllie

Professor Venugopal Varadachari Veeravalli has become the first professor in The Grainger College of Engineering to receive a Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair award. He was awarded the 2023 Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies, granted for research into the digital infrastructure of future societies and industries. 

Head and shoulders photo of Professor VeeravalliVeeravalli is the Henry Magnuski Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Grainger College of Engineering. His research interests span the theoretical areas of statistical inference, machine learning and information theory, with applications in data science, wireless communications, sensor networks and cyberphysical systems.

As the Fulbright-Nokia Chair, Veeravalli will team up with researchers in Finland to explore the topic of “Sequential Inference and Learning with Applications to Flexible Spectrum Sharing and Dynamic Event Detection.” Veeravalli says, “This research should lead to new algorithms for uncoordinated spectrum access in next-generation wireless systems and new strategies for event detection using distributed sensor networks.” The findings can potentially be applied in fields including radar, intelligent traffic systems, environmental monitoring and healthcare.

He will spend the Fall 2023 semester at Aalto University in Finland, hosted by Professor Visa Koivunen. Veeravalli also plans to visit other universities in Finland during his stay and collaborate with researchers at the Nokia Center for Advanced Research.

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair position is among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program, enabling U.S. scholars to engage in research, collaboration, teaching and guest lecturing at a higher education institution in a foreign country. The U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Finland Foundation and the Nokia Foundation jointly fund the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies. The U.S. program partner is the Institute of International Education (IIE).