Mark Flanagan
Associate Professor
School of Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering
University College Dublin (UCD)
Belfield, Dublin 4
Ireland

E-mail:  mark.flanagan@ ieee.org   Tel: +353 1 716 1963

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Research Interests

  • Coding Theory: turbo & LDPC code design and implementation, linear programming decoding, pseudocodewords, source-channel coding, space-time coding, network coding.
  • Signal Processing: adaptive algorithms, equalization, turbo equalization, precoding, OFDM systems, cooperative communications.
  • Discrete Mathematics: pattern-avoiding permutations, combinatorial Gray codes.

Current Postgraduate Students

  • Daniela Donati (Ph.D)
  • Vaibhav Kumar (Ph.D)
  • Amir Shehni (Ph.D)
  • Armia Salib (Ph.D, co-supervised with Dr. Barry Cardiff)
  • Vibhutesh Kumar Singh (Ph.D, co-supervised with Dr. Barry Cardiff)
  • Past Postgraduate Students

  • Ian Mulholland (Ph.D.)
  • Heather King (Research Masters)
  • Bin Chen (Ph.D.)
  • Nalin Jayakody (Ph.D.)
  • Mayur Punekar (Ph.D.)
  • Teaching

    • Computer Engineering I (EEEN20010), University College Dublin, 2015/2016.
    • Communication Theory (EEEN30050), University College Dublin, 2015/2016.
    • Digital Communications (EEEN40060), University College Dublin, 2015/2016.
    • Teaching Assistant in EECE (EEEN40530), University College Dublin, 2015/2016.

    Publications

    A list of my publications may be found here.

    Editorial Board Memberships

    Current Conference Responsibilities

    • Member of the Technical Programme Committee for IEEE GLOBECOM 2016 (Communication Theory, Signal Processing for Communications, and Wireless Communications Symposia)
    • Member of the Technical Programme Committee for IEEE ICC 2017 (Wireless Communications Symposium)
    • Member of the Technical Programme Committee for the Workshop on Massive Uncoordinated Access Protocols (ICC'16 MASSAP) at IEEE ICC 2016
    • Member of the Technical Programme Committee for IEEE PIMRC 2016
    • Member of the Technical Programme Committee for ICNC 2016 (Signal Processing for Communications Symposium)
    • Member of the Steering Committee for ISSC 2016

    Recent Invited Presentations

    • "Minimum Distance Distribution of Irregular Generalized LDPC Code Ensembles", delivered at Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy, 4 July 2013.
    • "Stability of iterative decoding of multi-edge type doubly-generalized LDPC codes over the BEC", delivered to the Oberseminar Digitale Kommunikationssysteme, Siegen, Germany, 13 January 2012.
    • "Linear-Programming Receivers: Design and Performance", delivered to the Telekommunikationsforum, Technische Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria, 18 November 2011.
    • "On the Growth Rate of the Weight Distribution of Doubly Generalized LDPC Codes", in Special Session on Recent Trends in Coding Theory, Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society, Washington DC, January 5-8 2009.
    • "On the Weight and Stopping Set Size Distributions of LDPC Codes and their Generalizations", in Special Session on Mathematics as Foundation of Information and Communication Theory and Technology, Second International Symposium on Applied Sciences in Biomedical and Communication Technologies, ISABEL 2009, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, November 24-27 2009.
    • "On the Growth Rate of the Weight Distribution of Irregular Doubly Generalized LDPC Codes", delivered to the Information Processing Group, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 12 November 2008.
    • "Unified Design of Communication Receivers: Factor Graphs and Linear Programs", in Special Session on Mathematics as Foundation of Information and Communication Theory and Technology, First International Symposium on Applied Sciences in Biomedical and Communication Technologies, ISABEL 2008, Aalborg University, Denmark, November 24-27 2008.
    • "Linear-programming Decoding of Non-binary Linear Codes", delivered to the Applied Algebra Group, University of Zürich, 5 March 2008.
    • "On Construction of Girth-8 LDPC Codes from Finite Euclidean Geometries and Finite Multidimensional Lattices", delivered to the Institute for Digital Communications, University of Edinburgh, as part of the international lecture series "Advanced Topics in Signal Processing and Communications", 12 June 2007.

    Current and Previous Industrial Collaborations

  • Sembarc Ltd., Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

    Current and Previous Academic Collaborations

    • Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Systems (DEIS), University of Bologna, Italy
    • Computer Architecture and Technology Group, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, Spain
    • Digital Communication Systems Group, University of Siegen, Germany
    • Department of Mathematics at the University of Zürich, Switzerland
    • Institute for Digital Communications (IDCOM), University of Edinburgh, UK
    • Claude Shannon Institute for Discrete Mathematics, Coding and Cryptography (CSI), Belfield, Dublin, Ireland.

    Peer Reviewer (Journals)

    • IEEE Transactions on Information Theory
    • IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
    • IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
    • IEEE Transactions on Communications
    • IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
    • IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems
    • IEEE Communications Letters
    • IEEE Wireless Communications Letters
    • EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking
    • SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics.

    International Mathematical Olympiad

    I am one of the trainers for the Irish Mathematical Olympiad team. I participated in IMO 2015 and IMO 2012 as Irish Team Leader, and in IMO 2011 as Irish Observer A.
    • The official website of the Irish Mathematical Olympiad may be found here.
    • Some mathematical problem sets and past Olympiad papers may be found here.
  • The great error lies in supposing that even the truths of what is called pure algebra are abstract or general truths. And this error is so egregious that I am confounded at the universality with which it has been received. Mathematical axioms are not axioms of general truth. What is true of relation - of form and quantity - is often grossly false in regard to morals, for example.
    - C. Auguste Dupin (E. A. Poe)