TomHou

Y. Thomas Hou

Professor, IEEE Fellow

Mailing address:
302 Whittemore Hall, Mail Code 0111
The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Office: 2040-K Torgersen Hall
Phone: +1 (540) 231-2950;  Fax: +1 (540) 231-8292 
E-mail: thou at vt dot edu

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Biography

Tom Hou is a Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Blacksburg, VA. He received his B.E. degree from the City College of New York in 1991, M.S. degree from Columbia University in 1993, and Ph.D. degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York University in 1998, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1997 to 2002, he was a Researcher at Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Sunnyvale, CA.

Prof. Hou's research interests are to develop innovative solutions to complex cross-layer optimization problems in wireless networks. He is particularly interested in exploring new performance limits at the network layer by exploiting advances at the physical layer. In recent years, he has been actively working on cross-layer optimization problems for cognitive radio wireless networks, cooperative communications, MIMO-based ad hoc networks and energy related problems.

Prof. Hou was a recipient of an ONR Young Investigator Award (2003) and an NSF CAREER Award (2004). He has published extensively in IEEE and ACM transactions/journals and top-tier IEEE/ACM conferences. He received five best paper awards from IEEE (including IEEE INFOCOM 2008 Best Paper Award and IEEE ICNP 2002 Best Paper Award) and one Distinguished Paper Award from ACM. He holds five U.S patents. Prof. Hou is a Co-Editor of a graduate textbook titled Cognitive Radio Communications and Networks: Principles and Practices (Academic Press/Elsevier, 2010). This book has since been listed as one of the Best Readings on Cognitive Radio by IEEE Communications Society. He recently authored a second graduate textbook titled Applied Optimization Methods for Wireless Networks, which was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2014. As of August 2014, his publications have been cited more than 8,300+ times per Google Scholar and his h-index is 45. He was named an IEEE Fellow for contributions to modeling and optimization of wireless networks.

Leadership in Professional Services

Prof. Hou is the Chair of IEEE INFOCOM Steering Committee. He is an Area Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (overseeing a team of 10 editors in wireless networking area) and an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (Cognitive Radio Series). He was a past Editor of IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Springer Wireless Networks, and Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks. Prof. Hou was Co-Chair (with Tony Ephremides) of NSF Workshop on Bridging the Gap between Wireless Networking Technologies and Advances at the Physical Layer, August 27-28, 2007, Reston, VA.

Honors and Awards

Professional Activities

Journal Editorial Boards

  • Editor, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications - Cognitive Radio Series, January 2012 ~ present.
  • Editor, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, September 2009 ~ present.
  • Technical Editor, IEEE Wireless Communications, February 2009 ~ April 2014.
  • IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications,
    Editor, February 2007 ~ December 2009;
    Area Editor, December 2009 ~ present.
  • Editor, ACM/Springer Wireless Networks (WINET), January 2005 ~ January 2012.
  • Editor, Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks Journal, January 2005 ~ January 2012.
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, April 2004 ~ April 2007.
  • Editor, KICS/IEEE Journal of Communications and Networks, September 2002 ~ December 2004.

Journal Guest Editorships

  • Guest Editor, ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET) special issue on "Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications," vol. 13, no. 5, October 2008.
  • Guest Editor, ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET) special issue on "Next Generation Wireless Technologies," vol. 12, no. 1, January 2007.
  • Guest Editor, ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET) special issue on "Broadband Wireless Networking," vol. 11, no. 5, October 2006.
  • Guest Editor, ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET) special issue on "Recent Advances in Wireless Networking," vol. 11, no. 1, February 2006.
  • Guest Editor, ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET) special issue on "Energy Constraints and Lifetime Performance in Wireless Sensor Networks," vol. 10, no. 6, December 2005.
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications special issue on "Recent Advances in Service Overlay Networks," vol. 22, no. 1, January 2004.

Conference Steering or Organizing Committee

  • IEEE INFOCOM Steering Committee, Chair: 2013 ~ present; Vice Chair: 2011, 2012; Member: 2009, 2010.
  • Member of INFOCOM Achievement Award Selection Committee, IEEE INFOCOM 2009, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Co-Chair of Technical Program Committee, IEEE ICC 2010 - Wireless Networking Symposium, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Co-Chair of Technical Program Committee, IEEE INFOCOM 2009, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Steering Committee Member, International Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications (CrownCom), 2008, 2009, 2010.
  • Technical Program Co-Chair, IFIP International Conference on Network and Parallel Computing (NPC), October 18-20, 2008, Shanghai, China.
  • Technical Program Chair, International Conference on Wireless Communications, Networking and Mobile Computing (WiCOM), September 19-21, 2008, Dalian, China.
  • Tutorial Co-Chair, IEEE Globecom 2007, November 26-30, 2007, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Chair, NSF Workshop on Bridging the Gap between Wireless Networking Technologies and Advances at the Physical Layer, August 27-28, 2007, Reston, VA, USA.
  • Co-Chair of Technical Program Committee, Second International Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications (CrownCom), Orlando, FL, August 1-3, 2007.
  • Steering Committee Member, IEEE/Create-Net International Conference on Broadband Networks (BroadNets), 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.
  • Chair, First IEEE Workshop on Networking Technologies for Software Defined Radio (SDR) Networks (Held in Conjunction with IEEE SECON 2006), September 25, 2006, Reston, VA.
  • Panel co-chair, IEEE INFOCOM 2006, April 23-29, 2006, Barcelona, Spain.
  • General Vice-Chair, IEEE/Create-Net International Conference on Broadband Networks (BroadNets), October 3-7, 2005, Boston, MA, USA.
  • Tutorial co-chair, IEEE INFOCOM 2005, March 13-17, 2005, Miami, FL.
  • Co-chair of Technical Program Committee, IEEE/Create-Net International Conference on Broadband Networks (BroadNets) - Wireless Networking Symposium, October 25-29, 2004, San Jose, CA, USA.
  • Publicity co-chair, First International Conference on Quality of Service in Heterogeneous Wired/Wireless Networks (QShine), October 18-20, 2004, Dallas, TX, USA.
  • Publicity Co-chair, IEEE INFOCOM 2004, March 7-11, 2004, Hong Kong.