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Feb. 15, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Plano office of Ericsson Inc. has honored four Southern Methodist University electrical engineering graduate students for their research in the field of telecommunications. The awards were presented Feb. 12 during SMU's annual Graduate Student Research Day.

Amitabh Dixit received a $500 prize for his research on pooling wireless data from a variety of sources to improve telecommunication services to the wireless user.

Tao He received a $300 prize for his research on improving the performance of still image compression methods.

Jian Yue and Yi Zeng each received $100 prizes for their research. Yue's work is on increasing the data rate of wireless local area networks and Zeng's work focuses on preventing congestion in high-speed networks.

Eric Bird, director of wireless network consulting for Ericsson, said he was impressed with the content and breadth of the research projects.

"The professionalism of the students was outstanding," Bird said.

This is the fourth year that Ericsson has given awards to SMU engineering students who are studying telecommunications.