Wireless Networks, Optimization, & Resource Allocation

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at NYU Wireless, and a Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher with H. Vincent Poor at Princeton. I obtained my PhD at Rice University working with Dr. Behnaam Aazhang. My PhD was supported by a Rice ECE Fellowship, a Texas Instruments Fellowship, and a research project with Huawei. I obtained my M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, and a B.S. in Engineering Physics (with honors) from Tec de Monterrey.

My research has been focused on finding the optimal operation of diverse wireless networks, then creating and evaluating practical strategies. I have worked on service centric networks and millimeter-wave networks. In my mind, future networks should not simply strive to just offer higher data rates, but rather focus on providing services efficiently and effectively. I'm passionate about research, learning, and mentoring. My CV.


Conference and Journal Papers

    • On Opportunistic mmWave Networks with Blockage
      David Ramirez, Lei Huang, Yi Wang, and Behnaam Aazhang
      Accepted to IEEE JSAC on Millimeter Wave Communications for Future Mobile Networks
    • Scheduling Schemes for Multi-tier mmWave Networks with Blockage
      Boqiang Fan, David Ramirez, Lei Huang, Yi Wang, and Behnaam Aazhang
      Submitted to IEEE ICC 2016
    • Service Centric Scheduling on Wireless Networks with Average Completion Time Constraints
      David Ramirez and Behnaam Aazhang
      Submitted to IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 2016
    • On the Impact of Blockage on the Throughput of Multi-Tier Millimeter-Wave Networks
      Shuqiao Jia, David Ramirez, Lei Huang, Yi Wang, and Behnaam Aazhang
      Presented @ Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers 2016,
      "Best Paper Award" 2nd Place
    • Optimal Opportunistic Transmissions Over Directional mmWave Channels
      David Ramirez, Lei Huang, Yi Wang, and Behnaam Aazhang
      Slides presented @ IEEE 27th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC) 2016
    • Service Centric Scheduling with Strict Deadlines
      David Ramirez and Behnaam Aazhang
      Slides presented @ Globecom 2015
    • Scheduling for Compute and Forward Networks
      David Ramirez and Behnaam Aazhang
      Slides presented @ Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers 2015
    • Styrofoam – A Tightly Packed Coding Scheme for Camera-based Visible Light Communication
      Robert LiKamWa, David Ramirez, and Jason Holloway
      Visible Light Communication Systems Workshop @ MobiCom 2014
      Note: This work was independent research which spurred from conversations over coffee with the coauthors. The work was done without our advisors’ knowledge (hence them not being listed as authors), but their approval and enthusiastic support was received after we informed them we were accepted. My travel to MobiCom was supported by a Rice ECE Department travel grant.
    • Optimal Routing and Power Allocation for Wireless Networks with Imperfect Full-Duplex Nodes
      David Ramirez and Behnaam Aazhang
      IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, August 2013
    • Optimal Power Allocation for Wireless Networks with Imperfect Full-Duplex Nodes
      David Ramirez and Behnaam Aazhang
      Slides presented @ IEEE ICC 2013


    • Styrofoam: Protecting Symbol Fidelity in Screen to Camera Communication
      4th Place in Student Research Competition @ MobiCom 2014 in Maui, HI
    • Unbiased Comparison of Ku vs. Ka for Satellite Communications
      Honorable Mention Award from TechnoFest 2013 @ BP, Houston, TX
    • Routing in Full-Duplex Multihop Networks
      Information Theory Summer School 2012 @ Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
    • Cooperative Communications for Increased Throughput with Low Overhead
      Information Theory Summer School 2011 @ University of Texas, Austin, TX


    • What is grad school? Why go to grad school? How to get to grad school?
      Invited talk @ SHPE UH Student Chapter 2016 at 1:54 PM 11/12/2016 University of Houston, Houston, TX
    • Service-Centric Scheduling: End of Video Buffering
      Best in COMP/CAAM/ELEC Department
      @ Screech 2015 Rice University, Houston, TX
    • Resource Allocation in Wireless Networks
      Invited Talk @ NYU School of Engineering, 2015 in New York, USA
    • mmWave: New Frequency for a New Network
      Invited Talk @ Huawei R&D Center, 2015 in Shanghai, China
    • One Minute Madness Competition: Styrofoam
      4th Place @ MobiCom SRC 2014 Maui, HI

More About Me

I enjoy helping those around me! I have had a leading role in organizing an international symposium, Screech (Rice's first-ever graduate elevator pitch competition), a graduate mentoring program, and many more events. In 2015 I got recognized by the SHPE Rice Chapter for my participation and support. I've had a leadership role in the following organizations:

  • SHPE Rice Chapter
  • Rice Center for Engineering Leadership
  • ECE Graduate Mentor Committee
  • Rice Graduate Housing Resident Assistant
  • Rice GSA Representative
  • ITESM Physics Student Association President
  • Rice University Graduate Studies Ambassador
  • Recruitment Chair for Rice Graduate Studies

My active group involvement and proactive attitude have allowed me to have the honor of receiving the following awards:
  • Rice GSA Robert Lowry Patten Award
  • Rice ECE Best Presenter Award
  • Rice ECE Distinguished Graduate Service Award
  • Screech Best in COMP/CAAM/ELEC Department
  • SHPE Rice Recognition Award
  • Texas Instruments Fellowship
  • Tec de Monterrey Student Leadership Award

I have had the opportunity to learn something about the art of teaching. I obtained a Teaching Certificate from Rice Center for Teaching Excellence in 2013. At some point in time I have taught the following courses:
  • ELEC 533 Introduction to Random Processes
  • ELEC 430 Digital Communications
  • ELEC 241 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I
  • Laboratorio de Fisica I
  • Laboratorio de Fisica II
  • Laboratorio de Electricidad y Magnetismo

Outside of school, I have done internships at:
  • Prolec-GE: Research & Development Department
  • BP plc: Operation Critical Telecommunications Group
  • BP plc: Office of the Chief Technology Officer (now Digital Innovation Organization)

Outside of school and work, I have volunteered at:
Other fun stuff about me: I am fluent in English, Spanish, and French. Hopefully someday I will learn a fourth language, but so far I only have 1 year of Chinese. To relax I enjoy working out (BP PR + DL PR + Sq PR > 800lbs), running (23m 5k PR), reading, and drawing. In 2014 I decided my first-ever hiking and camping experience should be at Machu Picchu.

Contact Me

Email is the best way to get a hold of me. If you happen to be in NYC, feel free to stop by at the 9th floor of 2 Metrotech.

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