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Payman Arabshahi

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Advancement

Appointments

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
Director of Advancement, Electrical Engineering
Director of Innovation, CoMotion
Principal Research Scientist, Applied Physics Laboratory

Biography

Payman Arabshahi is Associate Professor, and Associate Chair for Advancement at the University of Washington’s Department of Electrical Engineering; Director of Innovation of Learning Programs at the UW’s Office of Innovation (CoMotion); and a principal research scientist with the UW Applied Physics Laboratory. From 1994-1996 he served on the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. From 1997-2006 he was on the senior technical staff of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), in the Communications Architectures and Research Section, working on Earth orbit and deep space communication networks and protocols, and design of planetary exploration missions. While at JPL he also served as affiliate graduate faculty at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Caltech, where he taught the three-course graduate sequence on digital communications. Arabshahi has been the co-founder of, or advisor to, a number of technology startups. His interests are in entrepreneurship education, innovation readiness, underwater and space communications, wireless networks, data mining and search, and signal processing.

Research Interests

Underwater and space communications, wireless networks, power system optimization, smart grid, data mining and search, and signal processing.

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Unlike the work recently undertaken by utility companies, which aims to improve electricity grids by improving individual components that failed during past disasters, Kirschen, Arabshahi and Ph.D. student Yushi Tan will consider the resilience of the system as a whole. To do so, they will develop algorithms to quantify the condition of power systems.

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The sponsored capstone project also allows students to develop their project after graduation. For the Plugable Cloud Print Device, this development involves increased concentration on making the product market ready. For Chen, Perng and Tsai, their next steps focus on network security, further cost reduction and additional enhancements on user configuration.
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Representative Publications

  • N. Parrish, L. Tracy, S. Roy, W.L.J. Fox, and P. Arabshahi, "System design considerations for undersea networks: link and multiple access protocols," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 26, no. 9, December 2008.
  • B.M. Howe, Y. Chao, P. Arabshahi, S. Roy, T. McGinnis, A. Gray, "A smart sensor web for ocean observation: fixed and mobile platforms, integrated acoustics, satellites, and predictive modeling," IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, vol. PP, no. 99, pp. 1-15, July 25, 2010.
  • S.H. Fouladi, M. Hajiramezanali, H. Amindavar, J.A. Ritcey, and P. Arabshahi, "Denoising based on multivariate stochastic volatility modeling of multiwavelet coefficients," IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol. 61, no. 22, Nov. 2013.
  • R. Roshandel, P. Arabshahi, R. Poovendran, "LIDAR: A layered intrusion detection and remediation framework for smartphones," Proc. 4th International ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on Architecting Critical Systems (Federated with CompArch 2013), Vancouver, Canada, 17-21 June 2013.
  • X. Xie, S. Ashrafi, S. Roy, P. Arabshahi, "Puget Sound Underwater Networking Testbed," Proc. IEEE Oceans 2014, St. John's, Canada, Sept. 14-19, 2014.
  • Y. Ying, S. Roy, P. Arabshahi, "A Modified CSMA/CA Protocol for OFDM Underwater Networks: Cross Layer Design," Proc. 10th ACM Workshop on Underwater Networks, Washington D.C., Oct. 22-24, 2015.

Research Areas

Education

  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 1994
    University of Washington
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1990
    University of Washington
  • B.S. Engineering, 1988
    University of Alabama, Huntsville