Piya Pal


Assistant Professor
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Maryland, College Park. I graduated with a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in June, 2013, under the supervision of Prof. P. P. Vaidyanathan. Subsequently, I had a brief post doctoral assignment at Caltech from July-November, 2013. I was born and brought up in the city of Calcutta (currently known as Kolkata) in West Bengal, India. I graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2007, with a B. Tech in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering. In September 2007, I joined the PhD program in the Electrical Engineering department at Caltech, funded by an Atwood Fellowship and graduated in June, 2013. I spent the summer of 2012 (June-October) at Microsoft Research, Redmond, as an intern working with Dr. Henrique Malvar.

I am looking for graduate students with background in signal processing, communication, probability and statistics. If you obtained your undergraduate or Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Statistics, or Applied Math and if my research sounds interesting to you, please email me, stating your research interests along with a copy of your CV at ppal@ece.umd.edu


2305, A V Williams Building
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University Of Maryland, College Park
MD: 20742
Tel: 301-405-8028
Email: ppal@umd.edu


  • 08/2014: Awarded the 2014 Charles and Ellen Wilts Prize for Outstanding Ph.D Thesis in Electrical Engineering at Caltech.
  • I will join the Electrical Engineering Department at University of Maryland, College Park as an Assistant Professor in January, 2014.
  • Invited paper titled "Conditions for Identifiability in Sparse Spatial Spectrum Sensing" at EUSIPCO 2013 for the special session Compressive and Distributeed Power Spectrum Sensing
  • 02/2013-04/2013: Invited talks at
    • University of California, Riverside link
    • Johns Hopkins University link
    • MIT link
    • University of Texas, Austin link
    • Washington University, St. Louis link
    • Cornell University
    • University of Maryland, College Park
    • USC link
    • University of Minnesota
  • 02/2013: Paper titled "Correlation-Aware Sparse Support Recovery : Gaussian Sources" accepted at ICASSP , 2013.
  • Winner of Everhart Lecture Series 2013, California Institute of Technology (one of three winners selected across all disciplines).
  • Seminar at IIT Kharagpur (January 15, 2013).
  • Seminar at IIT Madras (January 7, 2013).
  • Seminar at IIT Bombay (January 4, 2013).
  • Seminar at IISC, Bangalore (January 3, 2013).
  • Invited to be on Review Committee of ICASSP, 2013.
  • 06/2012 - 09/2012: Internship at Microsoft Research, Redmond under Dr. Henrique Malvar.
  • 11/2011: Best Student Paper Award (3rd Position) at Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, 2011.
  • 01/1011: Best Student Paper Award, IEEE DSP Workshop, 2011.