- IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award
One of the most prolific researchers in communications and information theory, Andrea Goldsmith has profoundly impacted the design principles of modern wireless communications systems. She determined the Shannon capacity of time-varying wireless channels, which she later extended to find the capacity and capacity regions of time-varying multiple-antenna (MIMO) channels, multiuser channels, and cellular systems. In addition, Goldsmith pioneered practical adaptive modulation and MIMO techniques based on her capacity results that achieve close to these fundamental bounds. These results helped shape the adaptive modulation, MIMO, and multiuser MIMO techniques in current cellular and Wi-Fi standards. Her capacity analysis of ad-hoc and cognitive radio networks led to novel strategies for mitigating or exploiting interference between users. Goldsmith founded two companies to commercialize her ideas, whose products have been adopted by major service providers worldwide.
An IEEE Fellow and member of the NAE and AAAS, Goldsmith is the Stephen Harris Professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.