Dr. Atkin joined IIT in 1986. From 1974 to 1981 he was a full-time lecturer in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University Federico Santa Maria and a consultant for the telecommunications industry. In 1982, he was a PhD student in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. During his studies he was a research assistant for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
His current interests are in the area of bandwidth efficient coding and modulation techniques for digital mobile systems, wireless communication systems, and applications of communication theory concepts to genetic coding. Dr. Atkin is the Director of the Digital Communication Systems Laboratory. This laboratory is an advanced research facility equipped with personal computers, associated periphericals, etc. Researchers consider problems in bandwidth efficient modulation and coding, wireless and mobile communications, wireless sensor networks, and genetics. The laboratory is also intended to provide a complete interactive environment for simulation-based analysis and design of communication systems. Dr. Atkin has published more than 40 technical papers and report s in the communications area.
“An Optimized Ribosome Binding Model Using Communication Theory Concepts,” (with Mohammad Al Bataineh, Maria Alonso, Siyun Wang, and Wei Zhang); accepted 2007 Biocomp conference, Las Vegas, June 25 – 27, 2007.
“Performance Of Optimum Wavelet Waveforms for DS-CDMA Chip Waveform over OS AWGN Channels,” (with E. Ozturk and O. Kucur); International Journal of Communication Systems, Volume 19, Issue 1, February 2006, pp. 1-16.
"Bit error rate performance of Haar wavelet based scale-code division multiple access (HW/S-CDMA) over the asynchronous AWGN channel," (with O. Kucur and E. Ozturk); International Journal of Communication Systems;" in press.
“Modified modulation formats using time varying functions,” (with Y. Wang and R. Sinha); IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, January 2006.
"On the Performance of a Hybrid Frequency and Phase Shift Keying Modulation Technique," (with R. A. Khalona and J. LoCicero) IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 41, No. 45, No. 5, pp. 655-659, May 1993.
"Steiner Systems and the Coding theorem," (with R.A. Khalona). IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 469-472, Mar. 1992.
"Cancellation of Nonlinearities in Bandpass QAM Systems," (with S. Serfati and J.L. LoCicero), IEEE Trans. on Communications, Oct. 1990, pp. 1835-1843.
"An Efficient Modulation/Coding Scheme for MFSK Systems on Bandwidth Constrained Channels," (with H.P. Corrales), IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Communications, Dec. 1989, pp. 1392-1401.