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Best PhD Award

The European Signal Processing Association has created and is maintaining a database of PhD manuscripts at, which is presently World's largest one in the area of signal processing. The database also keeps tracks of monthly downloads and publishes regularly in its page the 10 top downloaded theses.

Every year a committee of experts nominated by the EURASIP BoD selects up to three theses related to different areas of signal processing to be awarded. The selection process is based on the evaluation of the impact of the theses, their subsequent journal and conference publications and related citations received, and on the review reports of three independent reviewers as well as on the download statistics. The download statistics are instrumental only in forming a short-list of the top 30 theses.

In order to select the 20xx best PhD theses, the temporal window of the years 20xx-5 through 20xx-3 is considered. The awards will be presented during the Awards Ceremony at EUSIPCO 20xx. Each award consists of a certificate and of a cash amount of 1K Euros.

2020 Best PhD Award

Thesis Title: Dereverberation and noise reduction techniques based on acoustic multi-channel equalization
Author: Ina Kodrasi
Institution: University of Oldenburg, Germany, 2015
Year: 2015
Supervisor: Simon Doclo

Thesis Title: Matrix Designs and Methods for Secure and Efficient Compressed Sensing”
Author: Valerio Cambareri
Institution: University of Bologna, Italy,
Year: 2015
Supervisor: Riccardo Rovatti and Gianluca Setti


2019 Best PhD Award

Thesis Title: Distributed Caching Methods in Small Cell Networks
Author: Ejder Bastug
Institution: CentraleSupélec, Université Paris-Saclay
Year: 2015
Supervisor: Mérouane Debbah, Jean-Claude Belfiore, Mehdi Bennis

Thesis Title: Flexible Multi-Microphone Acquisition and Processing of Spatial Sound Using Parametric Sound Field Representations
Author: Oliver Thiergart
Institution: Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg
Year: 2015
Supervisor: Emanuël Habets

Thesis Title: Sparsity Models for Signals: Theory and Applications
Author: Raja Giryes
Institution: Technion
Year: 2014
Supervisor: Michael Elad

2018 Best PhD Award

Thesis Title: Signal Design for Active Sensing and Communications
Author: Mojtaba Soltanalian
Institution: Uppsala University, Sweden
Year: 2014
Supervisor: Petre Stoica

Thesis Title: Massive MIMO: Fundamentals and System Designs
Author:  Quoc Hien Ngo
Institution: Linkoping University, Sweden
Year:  2016
Supervisor: Erik G. Larsson

2017 Best PhD Award

Thesis Title: Design and Analysis of Duplexing Modes and Forwarding Protocols for OFDM(A) Relay Links
Author: Taneli Riihonen
Institution: Aalto University, Finland
Year: 2014
Supervisor: Risto Wichman and Stefan Werner

Thesis Title: Distributed Video Coding for Wireless Lightweight Multimedia Applications
Author:  Nikos Deligiannis
Institution: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Year:  2012
Supervisor: Adrian Munteanu and Peter Schelkens

2016 Best PhD Award

Thesis Title: Multiantenna Cellular Communications: Channel Estimation, Feedback, and Resource Allocation
Author: Emil Bjornson
Institution: KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Year: 2011
Supervisor: Björn Ottersten, Mats Bengtsson

Thesis Title: Advanced Algebraic Concepts for Efficient Multi-Channel Signal Processing
Author:  Florian Roemer
Institution: Technische Universität Ilmenau
Year:  2012
Supervisor: Martin Haardt

2015 Best PhD Award 

Thesis Title: Design and Exploration of Radio Frequency Identification Systems by Rapid Prototyping
Author: Angerer, Christoph 
Institution: Technische Universität Wien
Year:  2010
Supervisor: Markus Rupp, Robert Weigel

Thesis Title: GNSS Array-based Acquisition: Theory and Implementation
Author: Arribas, Javier 
Institution: Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Year:  2012
Supervisor: Fernandez, Carles

2014 Best PhD Award 

Thesis Title: Bayesian Signal Processing Techniques for GNSS Receivers: from multipath mitigation to positioning
Author: Pau Closas 
Institution: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Year:  2009
Supervisor: C. Fernandez-Prades

Thesis Title: Filter Bank Techniques for the Physical Layer in Wireless Communications
Author: Tobias Hidalgo Stitz
Institution: Tampere University of Technology
Year:  2010
Supervisor: Markku Renfors

2013 Best PhD Award

Thesis Title: Multiple-description lattice vector quantization
Author: Jan Ostergaard
Institution: Delft University
Year: 2007
Supervisor: R. I. Lagendijk, R. Heusdens

Thesis Title: Estimation of Nonlinear Dynamic Systems: Theory and Applications
Author:  Thomas Schon
Institution: Linkoping University
Year:  2006
Supervisor: Fredrik Gustafsson

2012 Best PhD Award

Thesis Title: Adapted Fusion Schemes for Multimodal Biometric Authentication
Author: Julian Fierrez
Institution: Escuela Politecnica Superior, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Year: 2006
Supervisor: Javier Ortega-Garcia

2011 Best PhD Awards

Thesis Title: Super-Resolution Image Reconstruction Using Non-Linear Filtering Techniques
Author: Mejdi Trimeche
Institution: Tampere University of Technology
Year: 2006
Supervisor: Moncef Gabbouj

Thesis Title: Geometric Approach to Statistical Learning Theory through Support Vector Machines (SVM) with Application to Medical Diagnosis
Author: Michael Mavroforakis
Institution: University of Athens
Year: 2008
Supervisor: S. Theodoridis

Thesis Title: Signal processing of FMCW Synthetic Aperture Radar data
Author: Adriano Meta
Institution: Delft University of Technology
Year: 2006
Supervisors: P. Hoogeboom, L. P. Ligthart