Pakistan (Fulbright S&T grantee 2010)
Muhammad Salman Bashir will commence is studies as a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University in spring 2011. He is an International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow carrying out research in in the area of communications and signal processing, specifically spectrum sensing in a cognitive radio environment. Spectrum sensing is a central part in the design of cognitive radios. Studies indicate that spectrum allocated to primary licensed users (TV, cellular phones) is always underutilized. Cognitive radios can intelligently detect temporal and spatial “holes” in the spectrum and utilize that for data transmission. Therefore, a major part of Muhammad’s research focuses on developing algorithms for efficient detection of primary user spectrum for use by a Cognitive Radio.
A native of Pakistan, Muhammad received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore and a Master’s degree from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences in Lahore. He also worked at a local telecommunication company which specialized in cellular radio frequency planning. Outside of the lab, Salman enjoys listening to rock/heavy metal music of the eighties, specifically songs inspired by Joe Satriani. He played guitar for some underground bands in his country and plans to collaborate with musicians in U.S. to share his experience and learn new musical techniques.