Graduate student wins outstanding paper award at IEEE conference

Navid AbediniNavid Abedini, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, won a prestigious prize at the 2010 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Data Compression Conference.Abedini won the Capocelli Prize for his paper, "A SAT-Based Scheme to Determine Optimal Fix-free Codes." His co-authors were electrical and computer engineering faculty members Dr. Serap Savari and Dr. Sunil Khatri.The Capocelli Prize is awarded annually by the DCC program committee to a paper authored and presented by a student.Abedini said fix-free codes have recently attracted attention from several communities and are used in video standards like MPEG4. In their paper the researchers proposed a new approach to study the fix-free codes with some additional properties, suitable for error correcting applications. They also presented an efficient method to generate optimal fix-free codes.Abedini was born and raised in Iran. In the 2004 nationwide undergraduate entrance exam (called Konkoor), he was ranked seventh among more than 400,000 students. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology (Iran) in 2008 and started his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&M in the fall of 2008. This was Abedini's first conference publication.The IEEE Data Compression Conference is the most prestigious conference in the data compression field. This international forum addresses not only new compression methods and applications, but also the use of techniques from information theory in networking, communication and storage applications involving large data sets.