We are a group of about 20-25 people affiliated with the ECE Dept. at the University of Minnesota, with expertise and focus on Signal Processing (SP) and Statistical Learning research and development projects In Network (N) Science and Communication (COM) systems. On par with the dramatic upswing in wireless telecommunications and information technology worldwide, our SPiNCOM team contributes enthusiastically its "basic research and education bits" towards realizing the dream of "communicating with anyone, anywhere, anytime."
The group consists of one full-time and nominally 1-2 research and visiting faculty members, additional affiliated ECE faculty, 2-3 postdoctoral researchers, three undergraduate and MSc students, and 10-12 PhD students working on their theses. Historically, SPiNCOM started with the SPIRIT group at the University of Virginia (1987-1998) that performed research in theory, algorithms, and applications of statistical signal processing, pattern recognition, and time-series analysis (specific subjects included (poly) spectral analysis, wavelets, cyclostationary, and non-Gaussian signal processing with applications to SAR, sonar, array, and image processing). Since 1994, the spirit and now SPiNCOM group has shifted emphasis towards wireless, mobile telecommunications and networking research. Most recently, emphasis is placed on sparsity-aware algorithms, wireless sensors, cognitive radios, social, gene-regulatory, and power grid networks.