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Brian Michael Kurkoski
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
School of Information Science
1-1 Asahidai
Nomi, Ishikawa, 923-1292, Japan
http://brian.kurkoski.org/
kurkoski@ieee.org

Academic and Research Positions

  • Professor Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Nomi, Japan. April 2020-present
  • Associate Professor Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Nomi, Japan. April 2012-March 2020
  • Courtesy Faculty Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. January 2017-December 2017
  • Associate Professor University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan. April 2007-March 2012
  • Research Associate University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan. July 2006-March 2007
  • Postdoctoral Researcher University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan. July 2004-June 2006
  • Visiting Researcher Hitachi Central Research Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan. June-December 2000
  • Graduate Student Researcher University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Center for Magnetic Recording Research. June 1999-June 2004

Industry Experience

  • Hardware Engineering Manager, Design Engineer, Z-World, Inc, Davis, California, USA. 1995-1998
  • Design Engineer, Skyline Test Equipment, Palo Alto, California, USA. 1993-1995

Education

  • Ph.D. 2004. University of California San Diego, Electrical Engineering (Communication Theory and Systems).
  • M.S. 2000. University of California San Diego, Electrical Engineering.
  • B.S. 1993 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, Engineering and Applied Science (Electrical Engineering).

Organizing Activies

Technical Activities

  • Guest Associate Editor for IEICE Transactions Special Section on Information Theory and Its Applications (2015, 2011)
  • Associate editor for IEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences (2010-2014)
  • Technical program committee chair:
    • IEEE International Conference on Communications - Selected Areas in Communication, Data Storage 2014
    • International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications ICNC 2013, Data Storage Technology and Applications, Symposium Co-Chair
  • Technical program committee member (or equivalent):
    • IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), 2020
    • International Symposium on Information Theory and Its Applications (ISITA) 2010, 2014, 2020
    • International ITG Confernce on Systems, Communications and Coding (SCC) 2019
    • Non-Volatile Memories Workshop (NVMW) 2013201420172019, 2020
    • International Symposium on Turbo Codes & Iterative Information Processing (ISTC), 20162018, 2021
    • IEEE International Conference on Communications ICC
      • Selected Areas in Communication – Cloud & Fog Computing, Networking, and Storage Track 2020
      • Selected Areas in Communication Symposium (Data Storage Track) 2013, 2018
      • Communication Theory Symposium: 2014, 2017
    • International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC), Wireless Networking Symposium, Wireless Networks 2017
    • IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016
    • IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing, 2016
    • International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC) 2012
    • International Symposium on Communications & Information Technologies (ISCIT) 2011
    • IEEE Intermag, Technical Review Committee (2015 Recording System II Session, 2006)
  • Reviewer for: IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, IEICE Transactions.
  • Member of IEEE, IEICE.

Grants, Fellowships and Awards

  • 2019-2022 Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B). 19H02137 "Lattice Codes for Gaussian Wireless Networks." 11,800,000 yen (direct amount).
  • 2019 Toshiba Memory Research Encourangement Grant, "Machine-Learning Enhanced Signal Processing for High Reliability Data Storage."  
  • 2016-2017 Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (Fostering Joint International Research). JP 15KK0005 "LatticeNET: Practical Lattice Codes for Cooperative Wireless Networks." 5,400,000 yen (direct amount)
  • 2014-2016 Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B). 26289119, "LatticeNET: Practical Lattice Codes for Cooperative Wireless Networks." 12,400,000 yen (direct amount).
  • 2012 IEICE Service Award. For service as an Editorial committee member of the English-language journal.
  • 2011-2013 Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C). 23560439, "Signal Processing and Coding Methods for High-Density Flash Memory Systems." 4,000,000 yen (direct amount)
  • 2007-2008 Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C). 19560371, "Decoding Methods for Non-binary LDPC Codes Using Information Theoretic Approaches" 1,500,000 yen (direct amount)
  • 2004-2005 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship. A two-year fellowship supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, number 00004908, 2004.
  • 2004 Sheldon Schultz Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Research. Center for Magnetic Recording Research, University of California, San Diego.
  • 2000 Jacobs Fellowship. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego.