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Faculty Profile: David Love

By Emil Venere

Faculty Profile: David Love

Author: Emil Venere
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Throughout his career David Love has specialized in signal processing for communications systems.

Love’s research includes work in multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems, feedback adaptive systems, spectrum sensing, software radio and millimeter wave systems. Working with collaborators, he developed the widely used codebook-based approach to closed-loop MIMO wireless systems, which has been deployed in wireless broadband systems such as 4G cellular.

Most recently, Love, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was among seven Purdue faculty members selected to a prestigious Thomson Reuters list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014.” The honor recognizes researchers around the world who have earned distinction by publishing the highest number of articles that rank among the most frequently cited by fellow scholars. The list includes two other Purdue engineering faculty members, Mark Lundstrom and Kinam Park, both distinguished professors.

Love, 35, came to Purdue in 2004 after earning a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also received master’s and bachelor’s degrees, all in electrical engineering. His work has resulted in more than 150 technical papers and attracted numerous research and teaching recognitions including a string of awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has been named University Faculty Scholar. He holds 21 U.S. patents — 16 after coming to Purdue — with others pending.

Love leads a research team aimed at averting a potential spectrum crisis that threatens wireless communications, a challenge brought on largely by an explosion of data-intensive smartphone apps. He also is a member of a team led by the University of Notre Dame in research that focuses on learning how to improve the performance of portable devices without increasing health risks from radiation exposure.

He has served as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and as a guest editor for special issues of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications and the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking. Love also received the Fall 2010 Purdue HKN Outstanding Teacher Award and the Fall 2013 Purdue ECE Graduate Student Association Outstanding Faculty Award.

A Texas native, his propensity for mathematics and education runs in the family. His father taught math and was a high school principal. He and his wife, Elaina, have three small children.