A new doctoral student will conduct research in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering thanks to a collaboration between the University of Arizona and the Technical University of Munich. Emna Yacoub, the recipient of a 2022-23 Fulbright Foreign Scholarship, will work with ECE professor Bane Vasić on decoding algorithms, trapping sets, and neural network decoders.
"This supports German PhD students who want to carry out a four to six-month research project at a U.S. university, that is directly related to their academic dissertation that has already started," Yacoub said. "After completing the scholarship stay, they complete their doctorate at their home university."
According to Fulbright Germany, this project furthers research while also strengthening scientific relationships between American and German universities.
Yacoub's dissertation aligns with Vasić's ongoing interests in digital communications systems, coding theory, and memory and storage systems. Vasić has also conducted extensive research in the field of quantum computing, and is part of the $115 million Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center, led by the U.S. Department of Energy.