​B.S. Electrical Engineering, Rice University, 1985M.E. Electrical Engineering, Rice University, 1989Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Rice University, 1993

"Engineering is a creative process of using science and mathematics to solve tomorrow's societal problems."

Dr. Maïté Brandt-Pearce is professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Virginia. She joined UVa after receiving her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University in 1993. Her research interests include nonlinear effects in fiber-optics, free-space optical communications, cross-layer design of optical networks subject to physical layer degradations, body area networks, and radar signal processing. Dr. Brandt-Pearce is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and an NSF RIA. She is a co-recipient of Best Paper Awards at ICC 2006 and GLOBECOM 2012. She had served on the editorial board of IEEE Transaction of Communications, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networks andSpringer Photonic Network Communications. She was Jubilee Professor at Chalmers University, Sweden, in 2014. After serving as General Chair of the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems & Computers in 2009, she was selected as Technical Vice-Chair of GLOBECOM 2016. She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and a Senior Member of the IEEE. In addition to co-editing a book entitled Cross-Layer Design in Optical Networks, Springer Optical Networks Series, 2013, Prof. Brandt-Pearce has over one hundred and eighty technical publications.


  • UVA ECE Dept. Faculty Educational Innovation Award 2016
  • ASEE Best Paper Award (with H. Powell, R. Williams, and R Weikle) 2015
  • Chalmers University Jubilee Professorship 2014
  • Globecom Best Paper Award (with M. Noshad) 2012
  • ICC Best Paper Award (with Y. Pointurier, S. Subramaniam, and D. Tao) 2006

Research Interests

  • Wireless and optical communications
  • Visible light communications and positioning -- Li-Fi
  • Cross-layer design of fiber-optic networks

Selected Publications

  • "Multiuser MIMO Indoor Visible Light Communication System Using Spatial Multiplexing," in Journal of Lightwave Technology, 2017 Jie Lian and Maite Brandt-Pearce.
  • "Hadamard-Coded Modulation for Visible Light Communications," in IEEE Transactions on Communications, 2016. M. Noshad and M. Brandt-Pearce
  • "Roadmap of optical communications," in Journal of Optics, 2016 Erik Agrell, Magnus Karlsson, A. R. Chraplyvy, David J. Richardson, Peter M. Krummrich, Peter Winzer, Kim Roberts, et al.
  • "Impact of wavelength and modulation conversion on translucent elastic optical networks using MILP," in Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, 2015 Xu Wang, Maite Brandt-Pearce, and Suresh Subramaniam.
  • "Link-level resource allocation for flexible-grid nonlinear fiber-optic communication systems," in IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 2015 Yan, L., Agrell, E., Wymeersch, H., Johannisson, P., Di Taranto, R., and Brandt-Pearce, M.

Featured Grants & Projects

  • NSF Grant -- NeTS -- Modeling and Alleviating Physical Impairments in Translucent EONs

    The research entails using an accurate model of physical-layer impairments within the design and management of translucent elastic optical networks, leading to a cross-layer approach that lowers computational complexity and increases resource usage efficiency.

  • NSF Grant -- CIF -- Statistical Approach to Signal Processing for Long-Haul Fiber Optic Communication Systems

    Society depends on fiber-optic networks to carry its huge data demands. In this project, a full probabilistic description of the signal and noise co-propagation through optical fibers is developed so that statistical signal processing approaches can be effectively used on this difficult channel.

  • Start-up company -- VLNComm

    VLNComm is a leading company in Visible Light Communication (VLC) technology, also called "Li-Fi", which is an alternative data communication technique for wireless applications that uses optical energy to provide simultaneously lighting needs and data transmission.

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