Nicholas Mastronarde

Associate Professor

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.

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226 Davis Hall

Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-1537


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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo. I received my Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2011 and my 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. I have 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, I was a graduate intern at IBM Research Watson Lab in the Exploratory Stream Analytics group where I developed learning algorithms for discovering anomalies in massive volumes of streaming data. In the summer of 2007, I was a graduate student intern at Intel Corporation in the Graphics Architecture Team where I developed and patented an algorithm enabling the selective use of fractional and bidirectional video motion estimation in an H.264/AVC encoder.

My 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.