Si Qin, Ph.D. student and Research Assistant at the Center for Advanced Communications, Villanova University, receives Second Place in the Poster Competition at the Drexel IEEE Graduate (DIG) Forum’s 8th Annual Research Symposium, held in Drexel University on February 26, 2016.

The Symposium is divided into two categories, (a) Mathematical/Numerical Modeling/Analytics Aspects in Electrical, Electronic, Biomedical and Computer Systems (MA), and (b) Physical/Chemical/Material/Biological Aspects in Electrical, Electronic, Biomedical and Computer Systems (PH). Si wins the Second Place in the MA category with a $250 cash prize, based on his poster presentation on ‘Generalized Coprime Sampling of Toeplitz Matrices’. This poster presentation is coauthored by his advisor Dr. Yimin D. Zhang of Temple University, co-advisor Dr. Moeness G. Amin of Villanova University, and collaborator Dr. Abdelhak Zoubir of the Technique University of Darmstadt, Germany.  Si’s research activities focus on coprime signal processing and is fully supported by the Office of Naval Research.

Since he started his PhD program in August 2013, Si has published two journal papers and 11 conference papers, including “Generalized coprime array configurations for direction-of-arrival estimation” published in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. He received the First Prize of Student Paper Competition at the 2014 IEEE Benjamin Franklin Symposium on Microwave and Antenna Sub-systems for his paper “DOA estimation of mixed coherent and uncorrelated signals exploiting a nested MIMO system.”

Each year DIG holds a Research Day as a venue for graduate students to present their research to their colleagues, while providing a venue for networking and socializing. About 40 posters were presented in this year’s DIG Research Symposium. The majority of poster presentations were made by Drexel University students, whereas other presenters were from other local universities, including the Rowan University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, and Rutgers University.