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Thomas Pratt

Thomas Pratt

Research Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering

Research Professor
College of Engineering

Email: tpratt@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-0973

Office: 268 Fitzpatrick Hall


Ph.D, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1999

M.S., EE Georgia Institute of Technology, 1989

B.S., EE University of Notre Dame, 1985


Dr. Thomas (Tom) Pratt (Ph.D. Georgia Tech, 1999; MSEE Georgia Tech 1989, BSEE Notre Dame 1985) was hired as a Research Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame where his research focus is on physical layer issues associated with wireless communications and sensor systems. Prior to his appointment at Notre Dame, Dr. Pratt was a Principal Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he had conducted systems research associated with RF and communications systems for over 23 years. His work at GTRI involved theoretical studies, simulation, design and analysis, and the development and use of experimentation/demonstration systems for various PHY layer investigations. Examples include extensive RF systems development and testing at DoD test facilities, prototype development based upon software-defined radio technology, joint development of an FPGA-based implementation of real-time algorithms for WLAN detection in co-channel interference, and the development and demonstration of a dual phased array interference suppression system. While at GTRI, Dr. Pratt built-up and served as the Director of Georgia Tech's Software Radio Laboratory and also led the development of a mobile-to-mobile MIMO test system and associated experimentation to collect and analyze dual-polarized and full-polarized channel data for wireless applications. He has experience with a number of wireless standards, including WLAN 802.11a/b/g, WiMax, GSM, and 3G (to varying degrees). He was a coauthor on a best paper at ICC 08 (dealing with mobile-to-mobile channel modeling) and gave a keynote address on multiport architectures at the recent WAVE 2008 conference in Dearborn, MI. He holds a patent on signal processing for GSM receivers and has two patents pending associated with multi-port adaptive transmission and interference suppression algorithms respectively. He has authored or coauthored over 100 reports and publications and is a member of the IEEE.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Research Interests: Dr. Pratt has particular interest in multi-port and dual-polarized communications and sensing architectures and their application to detection, interference avoidance and suppression, sensing, and diversity and capacity enhancement. His recent research (at Notre Dame and/or at Georgia Tech) has included MIMO channel modeling associated with linear arrays and dual-polarized architectures, polarimetric sensing of communications signals, cosite interference suppression, distributed aperture processing concepts for MIMO radar, and adaptive transmission concepts for wireless systems.


Best Paper Award Won at Cybersecurity Conference

March 11, 2019

NDEE graduate student Joseph Loof won an award for the Best Cyber R&D Paper at Resilience Week In his paper, Loof addresses the problem of frequency hopped signal classification in a propagation environment with multi-path. He explains his approach towards signal classification–using unconventional methods that, instead of seeing multi-path as a hinderance, leverage it to enable signal discrimination.

Engineering Faculty Receive DURIP Grant for Defense Research

July 5, 2012

Two faculty from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, associate professor Debdeep Jena and research associate professor Thomas Pratt, have each received Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants from the Department of Defense for 2012, totaling more than $650,000.