Octavia A. Dobre is a Professor and Research Chair at Memorial University, Canada. Previously, she was with New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, and Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania. In 2013, she was a Visiting Professor with Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. She was a Royal Society Scholar in 2000 and a Fulbright Scholar in 2001.
Her research interests include 5G enabling technologies, blind signal identification and parameter estimation techniques, cognitive radio systems, resource allocation, as well as optical and underwater communications.
Dr. Dobre serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Communications Letters, as well as an Editor of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials and IEEE Systems. She was an Editor and a Senior Editor of the IEEE Communications Letters, an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and a Guest Editor of other prestigious journals. She served as General Chair, Tutorial Chair, and Technical Program Committee Co-Chair at numerous conferences. She is the Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Signal Processing and Communications Electronics Technical Committee, as well as a Member-at-Large of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society. Dr. Dobre is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.
Michael Rice received a BSEE from Louisiana Tech University in 1987 and his PhD from Georgia Tech in 1991. Dr. Rice was with Digital Transmission Systems, Inc. in Atlanta and joined the faculty at Brigham Young University in 1991 where he is currently the Jim Abrams Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Professor Rice was a NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during 1994 and 1995 where he worked on land mobile satellite systems. During the 1999-2000 academic year, Professor Rice was a visiting scholar at the Communication Systems and Signal Processing Institute at San Diego State University. His professional interests are in the general area of wireless communications, with a special interest in software defined radios and aeronautical telemetry.
He has been a consultant to both government and industry on telemetry related issues, and currently serves as an associate member of the Telemetry Group of the Range Commanders Council. He was the General Chair of the 2008 International Telemetering Conference and will serve again as General Chair in 2016. Prof. Rice is a member the IEEE Communications Society and the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. He has served as a Section Chair, Area Chair, and as the Region Student Activities Chair. He has served as the Chair of the Communications Theory Technical Committee in the Communications Society and is currently serving as the Technical Editor for Command, Control, and Communications and as an Associate Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.