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Emina Soljanin

Murray Hill, NJ, USA

Biography

Emina Soljanin received the PhD and MS degrees from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 1989 and 1994, and the European Diploma degree from University of Sarajevo, Bosnia, in 1986, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1986 to 1988, she worked in the Energoinvest Company, Bosnia, developing optimization algorithms and software for power systems control. After graduating from Texas A&M  in 1994, she joined Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ, where she is now a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the Mathematics of Networks research department.

Dr. Soljanin's research interests are in the broad area of information and coding theory, and their applications. In the course of almost two decades with Bell Labs, she has participated in a very wide range of research and business projects. These projects include designing the first distance enhancing commercial magnetic storage devices, first forward error correction for Bell Labs optical transmission devices, color space quantization and color image processing, quantum computation, link error prediction methods for the third generation wireless network standards, and several aspects of secure communications. Her most recent activities are in the area of network and rateless coding for packet level transmission and distributed storage. For research in these areas, she has won NSF, DARPA, NAE, and ONR funding, for salary, students, travel, and workshops.

Dr. Soljanin is a co-author of more than hundred research papers, co-inventor of more than dozen patents, and has co-authored two-monographs on network coding. Teaching and mentoring have been an important part of Dr. Soljanin's activities. In addition to regular university classes, she has thought a number of short courses such as pre-conference tutorials, special university modules, summer schools, and internal courses at Bell Labs, where she has been mentoring postdocs, Ph.D. students, and summer interns. She is a co-author of a two-part monograph on network coding, which has been widely used for classroom teaching and independent studies. She served as the IEEE IT Society Padovani Lecturer at 2013 North American School of Information Theory.

Dr. Soljanin served as a Technical Proof-Reader, 1990-1992, and as the Associate Editor for Coding Techniques, 1997-2000, for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and has organized and served as a co-chair for the DIMACS Special Focus on Computational Information Theory and Coding 2001-2005 and DIMACS Special Focus on Cybersecurity 2011--2015. Dr. Soljanin spent 2008 as a visiting researcher at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), in Switzerland. She is a member of the editorial board of the Springer Journal on Applicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing AAECP), and a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society. Dr. Soljanin has been elevated to IEEE Fellow grade for contributions to coding theory and coding schemes for transmission and storage systems.