Ivan Djordjevic, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and optical sciences and a 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar at the University of Arizona, recently published his seventh book, Physical-Layer Security and Quantum Key Distribution.
“So far, physical-layer security and quantum key distribution, or QKD, have been considered separate disciplines, even though they are targeting the same security problems we are facing today,” Djordjevic said. “So, the key idea of this book was to integrate modern cryptography, physical-layer security, QKD, covert communication, and cybersecurity technologies into a single book.”
Djordjevic’s other books, on topics ranging from optical communications to quantum biological information theory, are used in graduate courses and by graduate students for research. He is also the author or co-author of more than 520 journal or conference publications and 50 U.S. patents.
After finishing his doctoral degree, Djordjevic worked for telecommunications companies in both Yugoslavia and the United States. His first brush with the University of Arizona was as a research scientist in 2001. Today, he’s a full professor in ECE, with a joint appointment in the College of Optical Sciences. He presently directs the Optical Communications Systems Laboratory and the Quantum Communication Laboratory, and co-directs the Signal Processing and Coding Lab.
The IEEE and Optical Society fellow finds publishing textbooks to be rewarding because it allows him to share knowledge with a wider audience.
“I believe that university professors should write books to help the learning process of students beyond his or her class and research group,” he said.