Dr. George K. Karagiannidis was born in Pithagorion Town, Samos Island, Greece. He received his university degree in 1987 and his PhD degree in 1998, both in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Patras, Patras, Greece. From 2001 to 2004 he was Researcher at the Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing, National Observatory of Athens, Greece. In June 2004, he joined the Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept. of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece where he is currently Professor of Digital Communications Systems and Director of the Telecommunications Systems and Networks Lab.

His research interests are in the broad area of Digital Communications Systems with emphasis on Communications Theory, MIMO and Cooperative Communications, Hardware-constrained Communications, Cloud-based Radio Access Networks, Optical Wireless Communications, Smart Grid and Wireless Security.

Dr. Karagiannidis has published and presented more than 230 technical papers in scientific journals and international conferences. His work has received more than 5600 citations, with h-index=40 and i10-index=107 (Source: Google Scholar). He is also a co-author of three chapters in books and author of the Greek edition of a book on Telecommunications Systems.

He is co-recipient of the Best Paper Award of the Wireless Communications Symposium (WCS) in IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC’07), Glasgow, UK, June 2007.

Dr. Karagiannidis has been a member of Technical Program Committees for several IEEE conferences such as ICC, GLOBECOM, VTC, etc. He was Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, Senior Editor of IEEE Communications Letters and EURASIP Journal of Wireless Communications & Networks. He was Lead Guest Editor of the special issue on “Optical Wireless Communications” of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications and currently serves as a Guest Editor of the special issue on ”Large-scale multiple antenna wireless systems” (to be published in February 2013).

Since January 2012, he is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters.

Dr. Karagiannidis is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS), from July 1, 2011 to June 31, 2015 and former Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Greek Chapter.

He is a Fellow IEEE, Class 2014. He is being recognized for his “Contributions to the performance analysis of wireless communication systems”.

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