David J. Love

Nick Trbovich Professor, Fellow, IEEE, AAAS, and NAI
Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
465 Northwestern Ave, West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 496-6797

Other Affiliations
Director, NextG Center for Communications and Sensing
Thrust 2 Co-Lead, NSF Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag)
Research Leadership Board, CERIAS


  • Named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for 2023.
  • Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for 2022.
  • Thrust co-lead for new NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) for the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag). The ERC team consists of the University of Pennsylvania (lead), Purdue, Florida, and UC-Merced.
  • Received 2020 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize for work with Wonjae Shin, Mojtaba Vaezi, Byungju Lee, Jungwoo Lee, and H. Vincent Poor
  • 32nd US patent granted (US # 10,715,278)
  • Awarded the 2020 Purdue College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Research
  • Purdue Lead for NSF PAWR platform AERPAW

David J. Love (S’98 - M’05 - SM'09 - F'15)  received the B.S. (with highest honors), M.S.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000, 2002, and 2004, respectively.  Since 2004, he has been with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, where he is now the Nick Trbovich Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and leads the Purdue NextG Center for Communications and Sensing (XGC).  He served as a Senior Editor for IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and guest editor for special issues of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications and the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking. He was a member of the Executive Committee for the National Spectrum Consortium.  

His research interests are in the design and analysis of broadband wireless communication systems, 6G and beyond wireless systems, multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) communications, integrated sensing and communications, non-terrestrial networks, millimeter wave and higher frequency wireless, software defined radios and wireless networks, coding theory, and MIMO array processing. He is one of the inventors of codebook-based precoding, which is found in all 4G and 5G wireless systems. His early work on millimeter wave beamforming and massive MIMO have found widespread use in 5G.  

He has significant industry experience working with Texas Instruments and working with leading wireless companies through research at Purdue.  He has 32 issued US patents.  He co-advised a team in the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) that finished in the top-ten in the first phase event, top-five in the second phase event, and eleventh in the final phase.  Previously, he co-advised the Purdue team that was a finalist in the DARPA Spectrum Challenge.

Dr. Love has been recognized as an IEEE Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow, and Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (2014 and 2015).  In 2014 and 2015, he was included in the Thomson Reuters list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”. From 2012-2017, he was a Purdue University Faculty Scholar.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and he has been inducted into Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.  Along with his co-authors, he won best paper awards from the IEEE Communications Society (2016 Stephen O. Rice Prize and 2020 Fred Ellersick Prize), the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2015 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award), and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (2010 Jack Neubauer Memorial Award).  He has received multiple IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom) best paper awards, and his paper was a finalist for the 2022 Dr. Vanu Bose Best Paper Award at IEEE Milcom.   He was the recipient of the Fall 2010 Purdue HKN Outstanding Teacher Award, Fall 2013 Purdue ECE Graduate Student Association Outstanding Faculty Award, Spring 2015 Purdue HKN Outstanding Professor Award,  Fall 2017 Purdue HKN Outstanding Professor Award, and 2020 Purdue College of Engineering  Faculty Excellence Award for Research.  He was an invited participant to the 2011 NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium and 2016 EU-US NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. In 2003, he was awarded the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Daniel Noble Fellowship.

Research Interests

  • Feedback Communications: I have been interested in feedback-assisted communications for more than 20 years. We have made great advances in using channel state information (CSI) feedback, primarily through the now popular codebook-based beamforming and precoding systems. We are also interested in the use of more sophisticated channel output feedback systems.
  • Massive MIMO: Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems have revolutionized 4G and 5G communications. As wireless access demand grows, we are researching systems that utilize extremely large numbers of antennas. These systems come with challenging problems in CSI acquisition and tracking, waveform design, and other areas.
  • Distributed MIMO: There is a growing interest in deploying networks of highly programmable software radios. These nodes are likely to be controlled by a centralized computation center. We are looking at transmission and reception schemes for these networks. Research challenges include dealing with the low computational capabilities of the nodes and the constrained communication links connecting the software radios to the centralized processor.
  • Beyond-5G Security: Future 5G and beyond-5G networks will have to operate in complicated environments over trusted and untrusted networks. We are looking at defining secure communication systems with provable guarantees on rate and reliability.
  • Millimeter Wave and Terahertz Communications: There is much commercial interest in looking at lightly used frequencies above 7 GHz. The most popular bands are the millimeter wave bands (e.g., 20-100 GHz) and now terhaertz (e.g., above 100 GHz). We are looking at various architecture and signal processing challenges related to using the large array beamforming and precoding techniques.
  • Software Defined Radios and Networking: For the last fifteen years, we have been very active in software radio experiments using USRP and WARP platforms. We were a finalist in the DARPA Spectrum Challenge and a participant in all three phases of the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2). We developed a testbed at Purdue to perform sophisticated multi-node experiments on campus.
  • Exposure-Aware Wireless: All wireless devices expose the user to some level of radiation. Regulatory agencies, such as the FCC, impose limits on the amount of user radiation caused by the uplink transmission of commercially available phones. This radiation is measured using the specific absorption rate (SAR). We are developing models for the effect of baseband signal design on SAR. Using these models, we are developing new signaling schemes that can i) achieve substantial performance improvement for a fixed exposure level or ii) dramatically reduce the exposure level with no decrease in performance.

Research Team
Ph.D. Graduates

  • Ph.D. 2005, Peilu (Perry) Ding (with Prof. Mike Zoltowski), now at Jump Trading
  • Ph.D. 2006, Tarkesh Pande (with Prof. Jim Krogmeier), now at Texas Instruments
  • Ph.D. 2007, Amir Dabbagh, now at Qualcomm
  • Ph.D. 2008, Jianqi Wang (with Prof. Mike Zoltowski), now at Facebook
  • Ph.D. 2008, Il Han Kim, now at Apple
  • Ph.D. 2010, Chun Kin Au Yeung, now at start-up
  • Ph.D. 2010, Dami Aluko (with Prof. Jim Krogmeier), now an entrepreneur
  • Ph.D. 2011, Taejoon Kim, now Assistant Professor at University of Kansas
  • Ph.D. 2012, Zac Chance, now at MIT Lincoln Labs
  • Ph.D. 2012, Mayur Agrawal (with Prof. V. Balakrishnan), now at WorldQuant
  • Ph.D. 2013, Sooyoung Hur (with Prof. Jim Krogmeier), now at Samsung
  • Ph.D. 2013, Andrew Duly (with Prof. Jim Krogmeier), now at AFRL
  • Ph.D. 2015, Junil Choi, now Assistant Professor at KAIST
  • Ph.D. 2015, Deepan Palguna (with Prof. Ilya Pollak), now at Zoox
  • Ph.D. 2015, Song Noh (with Prof. Mike Zoltowski), now Assistant Professor at Incheon National University
  • Ph.D. 2015, Andrew Marcum (with Prof. Jim Krogmeier), now at Raytheon BBN
  • Ph.D. 2015, Dawei Ying, now at Intel
  • Ph.D. 2016, Ziad Ahmed, now at Qualcomm
  • Ph.D. 2017, Jiho Song, now Assistant Professor at University of Ulsan
  • Ph.D. 2018, Honyi Zhu (with Prof. Besma Smida)
  • Ph.D. 2018, Ahmed Ibrahim, now at Apple
  • Ph.D. 2019, Xianglun Mao (with Prof. Joseph Rispoli), now at Cedars-Sinai
  • Ph.D. 2020, Matthew Booth (with Prof. Nicolo Michelusi), now at AFRL
  • Ph.D. 2020, Miguel Rodrigo Castellanos (with Prof. Borja Peleato), now postdoc at UT-Austin and NC State
  • Ph.D. 2020, Dennis Ogbe (with Prof. Chih-Chun Wang), now at NASA JPL
  • Ph.D. 2020, Tomo Arakawa (with Prof. Jim Krogmeier), now at Lynk
  • Ph.D. 2021, Jing Guo, now at NXP
  • Ph.D. 2021, Vinayak Suresh, now at Qualcomm
  • Ph.D. 2022, Eric Ruzomberka, now postdoc at Princeton University
  • Ph.D. 2022, Henry Chou (with Prof. Nicolo Michelusi), now at Qualcomm
  • Ph.D. 2023, Junghoon Kim (with Prof. Chris Brinton), now at NC State
  • Ph.D. 2023, Matthew Bliss, now at Raytheon BBN

Former MS Students

  • M.S. 2007, Jackie Bryson
  • M.S. 2008, Kamesh Krishnamurthy
  • M.S. 2009, Xu Chen
  • M.S. 2010, Andrew Duly (with Prof. Jim Krogmeier)
  • M.S. 2012, Steve Beckley


  • ECE 440 – Transmission of Information: Fall 2023, Spring 2021, Fall 2020, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Spring 2011, Fall 2009, Spring 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2007, Fall 2006, Fall 2004
  • ECE 679 - Advanced Digital communications: Spring 2022, Spring 2020, Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Fall 2010, Spring 2006
  • ECE 639 – Error Control Coding: Fall 2019, Spring 2018, Fall 2014, Fall 2011, Fall 2005
  • ECE 645 – Estimation Theory: Spring 2023, Spring 2010, Spring 2008
  • ECE 301 – Signals and Systems: Fall 2012
  • ECE 400 - Professional Development and Career Guidance: Spring 2015
  • ECE 695D – Multiple Antenna Wireless Communications: Fall 2007, Spring 2005

Resume is available here

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