Education and Training
- Diploma in Electrical, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from National Polytechnic University of Athens, Greece ,1967
- Master of Arts in Electrical Engineering, Princeton University ,1970
- Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California , 1973
Demetrios Kazakos was born in Greece. He is a United States Citizen. He graduated from the National Technology University of Athens, with a degree in Electrical, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He received a MasterA~[Cent]s Degree from the Electrical Engineering Department, Princeton University. During his study at Princeton University he was an Alcoa Fellow. He subsequently completed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Southern California, where he specialized in Statistical Communication Theory. For a two year period, was a Postdoctoral Research Associate of the National Research Council at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. At that time NASA was involved in the development of the Earth Resources Technology Satellite, and he was employed in the creation of novel statistical data processing algorithms for multi-spectral image data obtained by the satellite. He developed real time estimation procedures that performed well without any loss in performance, completely alleviating the problem of storage of huge amounts of data. His statistical processing algorithms were selected for the final implementation of the Large Area Crop Inventory Experiment (LACIE).
Following his postdoctoral appointment, he accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research on Statistical Data Processing for Remote Sensing continued, and he received funding from the National Science Foundation. At the same time, he developed many contacts at Rome Laboratory, a major research and development center of the U.S. Air Force, and he obtained funded contracts on studies of signal processing for radar systems. Later he moved to the position of Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He continued a high level of research activity through publications and funded contracts and grants. His funding sources have been: National Science Foundation Office of Naval Research Rome Laboratory Air Force Office of Scientific Research Army Laboratory Private Industry. In 1985 he was promoted to Professor of Electrical Engineering, with a joint tenured appointment to the Department of Mathematics ,at the University of Virginia.
In the early 80A~[Cent]s the European Community started various funded research projects to consortia of companies and universities of member countries. In addition to his research activities in the United States, he became active in European research activities. He started an affiliation with HITEC, INC., a Greek high technology firm involved in computer-related research and development projects. Typical projects have been:
Computer Integrated Manufacturing; development of simulation tools and of imaging techniques; Robotics and stereo vision; Biomedical image processing projects, e.g., automated recognition and counting of blood cells. Development of specialized software for various information technology applications in automation. From 1983 to 1993 he was an Associate Director for Research and Development of HITEC, devoting about 4 months per year to this position. In 1985, together with another colleague, he started the U.S. branch of HITEC, INC,of which he became President in 1993, a position he maintained until 2001. This branch has been active in research projects funded by defense contracts, some of them having a CLASSIFIED designation. He received Secret security clearance.
He has been very active in various IEEE professional groups, in organizing conference sessions, in participating in technical committees, and presenting papers in conferences. In 1992 he was elected IEEE Fellow for his research achievements in the areas of multi-user communication systems and statistical communication theory. Also, in 1992, he was named the Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communication Society. In 1995, he was the Technical Program Chair of the GLOBECOM 95 Communication Theory Conference. In 1999-2000, he was the Technical Program Chair for the IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conference of 2000 (WCNC 2000). This is the major wireless conference, with 850 attendees and most wireless communications companies in attendance.
November 2007: After one years efforts, Demetrios Kazakos managed to secure major funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Under his leadership and initiatives, Texas Southern University was designated as a co-leader of a National Center of Excellence Consortium in Transportation Security, funded at $72 Million, over four years, by the U.S.Department of Homeland Security, starting in the Spring of 2008. The total amount brought to TSU, funded by the U.S.Dept. of Homeland Security, due to the individual efforts of Dr.Kazakos for 2008-2012 is:$72/7=$10.28Million(7member consortium). Unfortunately, the U.S.Department of Homeland Security reduced the amount to TSU to only $200,000.
September 10, 2008: After Demetrios Kazakos, as Dean, changed the leadership of NASAs University Research Center, the new team was successful in the competitive renewal. Among 55 proposals, TSUs proposal was the second best among the 7 successful ones. The Center is funded for 5 years at id=”mce_marker” M/year. Demetrios Kazakos is Co-PI. The name is: Center for Bio-Nanotechnology and Environmental Research.
See also items 24-29 in the Grants and Contracts segment. The total funding brought to Texas Southern University by the individual efforts of Dr. D.Kazakos and from all external sources for 2006-2012 is: $10.71 Million. Included in the total is the recent $5 million CREST Center on Complex Networks, fully credited to Dr.Kazakoss actions.
Research and Teaching Interests: Communication Theory, Computer
Communication Networks; Image Processing; Estimation and Detection of
Signals; Neural Networks.
- Stephany Ogbonmwam,Wei Li, and D.Kazakos, Multithreshold Bandwidth Reservation Scheme of an Integrated Voice/Data Wireless Network, WIRELESSCOM 2005, Maui, Hawaii, June 13-16, 2005.
- Wei Li, S.Man, Yuhon Zhang and Demetrios Kazakos, Numerical Analysis for the Optimal Reserved Channel Numbers in Reserved Channel Scheme with Hybrid Revenue of Inomplete and Complete Calls, WIRELESSCOM 2005, Maui, Hawaii, June 13-16, 2005.
- Deepak Thometi , Wei Li and Demetrios Kazakos, Improved Quality of Service for WCDMA Network and Coexistence with Indoor Wireless Technologies, WIMOB 2005, IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing,Networking and Communications, Montreal, Canada, August 22-24, 2005.
- Demetrios Kazakos, Robust Communication Networks with Imbedded Cybersecurity, Invited Paper, National Science Foundation Workshop on Cyberphysical Systems, Austin, TX, October 16-17,2006
- W.Ni, W.Li, and D.Kazakos, Optimal Expected Discounted Reward of a Wireless Network with Award and Cost, Mobilware 2010, June 30- July 2, 2010, Chicago, Ill.
Principal Investigator of Grants and Contracts
- Statistical Information Processing Techniques for Remote Sensing
Data, National Science Foundation Grant, $60,400 for the period 12/01/76
- Modeling and Analysis of Nonlinear Amplifiers in Radar Systems,
contract with Rome Air Development Center, $31,500 for the period 01/01/77
- Applications of Digital Signal Processing in the Collection and
Processing of Communication Signals, contract with the U.S. Army Signal
Warfare Lab, Harry Diamond Labs, and id=”mce_marker”00,000 for the period
06/01/82 to 05/31/84.
- $10,000 awarded in November, 1983, by the IEEE Computer Society Test
Technology Awards Committee for a study entitled, Study of New
Statistical Algorithms for Failure Detection.
- New Approaches to Digital Phase Modulation, National Science
Foundation Grant, $60,000 for the period 09/01/81 to 08/31/84.
- Research in Computer Communication Networks, North Atlantic Treaty
Organization Grant, $2,900 (without overhead) for the period 03/01/84 to
- New Robust Statistical Methods in Probability, Statistics,
Information Theory, Detection and Estimation, Air Force Office of
Scientific Research Grant, $305,620 for the period 01/01/82 to 12/31/87.
- Research in Image Processing and Transmission, contract from the
Office of Naval Research, $227,000 for the period 09-01-82 to 08-31-85.
- Digital Processing of Time Varying Imagery, U.S. Department of
Defense Equipment Grant,$172,000 for a Video Sequence Processor and an
Array Processor, awarded April 1984.
- Research in Signal Processing, Sperry Corporation Grant, $100,000
for the period 07-01-85 to 06-30-87.
- Decentralized Signal Detection Schemes for Multisensor Data, Rome
Air Development Center, $58,500 for the period 11-01-87 to 08-31-88.
- Performance Analysis and Optimum Design for Multisensor Distributed
Detection Systems, Rome Air Development Center, $600,000 for the period
03-01-89 to 02-28-92.
- Elements, Structures, and Adaptive Learning Algorithms in Stochastic
Neural Networks, ECS-90003513, July 1990 June 1992, $109,831,
National Science Foundation.
- Research and Development in Robust Networking. U.S. Army, October
15, 1990 October 14, 1993, $625,850.
- Modeling Backgrounds in Infrared Imaging, U. S. Army, June 1,
1992 May 31, 1995, $850,340.
- Interpreting Hippocampal Function and Developing Artificial Neural
Networks for Prediction in Spatial Control, $300,000, for 3 years, starting
January 1, 1993, funding jointly by EPRI and NSF Intelligent Control
- Adaptive Neural Networks for Automatic Target Recognition,
Advanced Research Projects Agency, $455,650 for 3 years, beginning July 1,
- Modem Research and Development, AT&T Laboratories, $90,000 for
- Personal Mobile Communications: Research and Development, Lucent
Technologies, $90,000 for 1996.
- Protocols and Signaling for Paging Services, Motorola,
id=”mce_marker”00,000 for 1996 1997, (A. Kogiantis).
- Research in Decision Directed Neural Networks for Communications,
with D. Pados, Louisiana Educational Quality Support Fund, $195,000 for
- Personal Mobile Communications: Research and Development, Lucent
Technologies, $456,850 for 1997-2005
- VLSI Hardware Implementation of Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
Systems, Ellemedia, Inc., $560,800 for 1998-2006
- Web-Assisted K-12 Science Education, Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board, $85,000 for one year, 2008-2009.
- Center of Excellence Network in Transportation and Infrastructure
Security, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
March 2008- March 2012, at a total of $72 million, amounting to
$18 Million per year for a four year period. Dr.Kazakos was the original
Principal Investigator, then he appointed Dr. Carol Lewis as Principal
Investigator. Texas Southern University was scheduled to receive 1/7 of the
$18 Million/year, or $10.82 million for 4 years. Unfortunately, DHS finally
funded only about $200,000 out of the $10.82 million
- NASA University Research Center for Bio-Nanotechnology and
Environmental Research.2008-2013 D.Kazakos is Co-Principal
Investigator. The NASA URC is funded at id=”mce_marker”M/year for five
- Intergovernmental Personnel Act Award (IPA), National Science
Foundation, $212,545 for Sept 14, 2009 to Sept 13, 2010.
- Intergovernmental Personnel Act Award, (IPA), National Science
Foundation, $213,771 for Sept 14, 2010 to Sept 13, 2011.
- Center of Research Excellence in Complex Networks, funded to a
very significant degree due to Dr.Kazakoss connections and important
information gained while Program Director, by the National Science
Foundation, $5 million over 5 years, starting 10/1/2011.
Summary of competitive external funding brought to Texas Southern
University by Dr. D.Kazakos for the period 2006-2012:
$10.71 Million.(Items 24-29)