Nicholas Mastronarde

PhD

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Nicholas Mastronarde

PhD

Nicholas Mastronarde

PhD

Specialty/Research Focus

Energy-efficient multimedia systems; resource allocation and scheduling in wireless networks and systems; parallel video encoding and decoding; dynamic power management; cross-layer design and optimization; Markov decision processes; reinforcement learning

Contact Information

226 Davis Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-1537

nmastron@buffalo.edu

Biography Publications Teaching Research

Biography

Dr. Mastronarde is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2011 and his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis in 2005 (Highest Honors, Department Citation) and 2006, respectively. He has been the recipient of several awards and honors including a first year department fellowship through the Electrical Engineering department at UCLA, the Dissertation Year Fellowship through the Graduate Division at UCLA, and the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award for 2011.

In the summer of 2010, Dr. Mastronarde was a graduate intern at IBM Research Watson Lab in the Exploratory Stream Analytics group where he developed learning algorithms for discovering anomalies in massive volumes of streaming data. In the summer of 2007, Mastronarde was a graduate student intern at Intel Corporation in the Graphics Architecture Team where he developed and patented an algorithm enabling the selective use of fractional and bidirectional video motion estimation in an H.264/AVC encoder.

Dr. Mastronarde's research interests are in the areas of low power multimedia systems, resource allocation and scheduling in wireless networks and systems, dynamic power management, cross-layer design, Markov decision processes (MDPs), and reinforcement learning.

Education

  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2006
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2005

Awards and Honors

  • Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award (2011) 
  • UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship (2010-2011) 
  • IBM Research Watson Lab Graduate Intern Fellowship (2010)