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Pal, Piya

Assistant Professor
ECE/ISR
2305 A. V. Williams Building
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Research Interests 

  • High dimensional statistics and learning
  • Compressive Sampling and Sparse Estimation
  • Array and Radar Signal Processing
  • Statistical Signal Processing
  • Tensor Methods

Background 

Piya Pal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, joining in January, 2014. As of August 2014, she is also affiliated with the Institute for Systems Research.  She received her Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 2013 and her B.Tech in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, India, in 2007. During the course of her Ph.D, she developed novel techniques for non-uniform sparse sampling which received Best Student Paper Awards at 14th IEEE DSP Workshop, and 45th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, 2011. Her research interests span compressive and structured sampling, statistical signal processing with applications in radar and array processing, tensor methods, and statistical learning.

Education 

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology: 2008-June 2013
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology: 2007-2008
  • B. Tech in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur: 2003-2007

Selected Publications 

  1. Piya Pal and P. P. Vaidyanathan, Nested arrays: a novel approach to array processing with enhanced degrees of freedom, IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, vol. 58, pp. 4167--4181, August 2010.
  2. Piya Pal and P. P. Vaidyanathan, Multiple Level Nested Array: An efficient geometry for 2qth order cumulant based array processing, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol.60, no.3, pp.1253-1269, March 2012.
  3. P. P. Vaidyanathan and Piya Pal, Sparse Sensing With Co-Prime Samplers and Arrays, IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, vol. 59, pp. 573--586, Feb. 2011.
  4. Piya Pal and P. P. Vaidyanathan, Correlation Aware Techniques for Sparse Support Recovery, IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop (SSP), 2012, pp.53-56, 5-8 Aug. 2012.
  5. Piya Pal and P. P. Vaidyanathan, Coprime sampling and the MUSIC algorithm, IEEE DSP Workshop, Sedona, AZ, January 2011

Honors and Awards 

  • 2014 Wilts Prize, Caltech

  • Winner of Everhart Lecture Series, Caltech, 2013.

  • Best Student Paper Award at IEEE DSP Workshop, Sedona, AZ, 2011.

  • Best Student Paper Award (third position) at 45th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, Nov. 2011

Related News 

Piya Pal Receives Wilts Prize from Caltech
Pal recognized by her alma mater. September 5, 2014

New Communications and Signal Processing Faculty Join ECE
Two assistant professors, Babadi and Pal, to complement ECE's robust Communications and Signal Processing program. January 15, 2014