Harpreet S. Dhillon

Harpreet Dhillon 

Harpreet S. Dhillon, PhD, IEEE Fellow, AAIA Fellow
Professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor, Department of Mathematics (by courtesy)
Elizabeth and James E. Turner Jr. ’56 Faculty Fellow

Chair, Communications Area of Electrical Engineering
Associate Director, Wireless@Virginia Tech
Affiliate Faculty, Virginia Tech National Security Institute

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA

Note: We are always on the lookout for highly motivated Ph.D. students interested in working on cutting-edge problems in communications, localization, machine learning and stochastic geometry. Interested students with a strong mathematical background and an aptitude for fundamental research are encouraged to contact Prof. Dhillon with a brief resume. Check the group page to read about the current and past members of our research group.

Selected News

Recent Journal Submissions

Current Research Interests

  • Communication Theory and Wireless Communications

  • Stochastic Geometry: Theory and Applications

  • Machine Learning for Communication and Localization

  • Communication, Localization, and Sensing in NextG Systems

  • Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces for Communication and Localization

  • Smart and Connected Communities

  • Cyber-Physical Systems

Brief Biography

Harpreet S. Dhillon received the B.Tech. degree in electronics and communication engineering from IIT Guwahati in 2008, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 2010, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. After serving as a Viterbi Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California for a year, he joined Virginia Tech in 2014, where he is currently a Professor of electrical and computer engineering, a Professor of Mathematics (by courtesy), the chair of the communications area, the Associate Director of Wireless@VT research group, and the Elizabeth and James E. Turner Jr. ’56 Faculty Fellow. His research interests include communication theory, wireless networks, stochastic geometry, geolocation, and machine learning. He has received six best paper awards including the 2014 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize, the 2015 IEEE ComSoc Young Author Best Paper Award, the 2016 IEEE Heinrich Hertz Award, and three best conference paper awards at IEEE ICC 2013, European Wireless 2014, and WiOpt 2021. He has also received Early Achievement Awards from three IEEE ComSoc Technical Committees, namely, the Communication Theory Technical Committee (CTTC) in 2020, the Radio Communications Committee (RCC) in 2020, and the Wireless Communications Technical Committee (WTC) in 2021. He was named the 2017 Outstanding New Assistant Professor, the 2018 Steven O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow, the 2018 College of Engineering Faculty Fellow, and the recipient of the 2020 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research by Virginia Tech. His other academic honors include the 2008 Agilent Engineering and Technology Award, the UT Austin MCD Fellowship, the 2013 UT Austin WNCG leadership award, and the inaugural IIT Guwahati Young Alumni Achiever Award 2020. He has served as the TPC Co-chair for IEEE WCNC 2022 and as a symposium TPC Co-chair for many IEEE conferences. He has also served on the Editorial boards of several IEEE journals with his current appointments being on the Executive Editorial Committee for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and as a Senior Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. He is an IEEE Fellow, an AAIA Fellow, and a Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) Highly Cited Researcher.


Harpreet S. Dhillon, PhD
Professor & Turner Faculty Fellow
Bradley Department of ECE, Virginia Tech

Mail: 432 Durham Hall, 1145 Perry St., Blacksburg, VA 24061

Email: hdhillon(at)vt(dot)edu
Phone: (540) 231-2129
Fax: (540) 231-2968
Office: Durham 445