The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes R. Michael Buehrer, a professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering, for his impact in the field of wireless communications.
The director of Wireless@Virginia Tech, Buehrer advances world-changing technologies in wireless communications, ultra-wideband communication and sensing systems, cellular and personal communications, multiuser detection, “intelligent” antennas, and cognitive radio.
In a recent study, for example, Buehrer and colleagues examined jamming attacks in the performance of wireless communications. Such attacks cause the need for costly re-transmissions and increased power consumption. The research showed it is not always optimal to match the jammer’s signal to the victim signal in order to maximize the error probability at the victim receiver.
Buehrer has authored or co-authored more than 200 journal or conference papers and holds more than 10 patents. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of Naval Research, and several industrial sponsors, including Boeing, Catalyst Communications Technologies, and Qualcomm Inc.
A senior member of the IEEE — short for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers — he was a visiting researcher in 2009 at the Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences, a federal research lab which researches telecommunication challenges for national defense. His research focus was in the area of cognitive radio with a particular emphasis on statistical learning techniques.
Buehrer joined Virginia Tech from Bell Labs in 2001. In 2003 he was named Outstanding New Assistant Professor by the College of Engineering, and he received the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014.
In addition, he has developed several new electrical and computer engineering courses, including doctoral-level Spread Spectrum Communications and Multi-Channel Communications. Multi-Channel Communications, which is taught in only a few top universities, covers the fundamentals of the most recent communications technology such as LTE and WiMAX.
He received his doctoral degree from Virginia Tech and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Toledo.