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David G. M. Mitchell received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, in 2009. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the New Mexico State University, USA. He previously held Visiting Assistant Professor and Post-Doctoral Research Associate positions in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, USA. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and his research interests are in the area of digital communications, with emphasis on error control coding and information theory. Dr. Mitchell has published over 40 peer-reviewed IEEE journal and conference articles gathering more than 900 citations. He has received two best paper awards and is the recipient of the 2019 NMSU Early Career Award for Exceptional Achievements in Creative Scholarly Activity. He was also the recipient of the 2019 New Mexico EPSCoR Mentor Award. Dr. Mitchell serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.

Recent News

  • 07/01/20: Excited to start work as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory! Thanks to the IEEE Information Theory Society board of governors for the nomination and approval.

  • 06/30/20: Congratulations to Andrew Cummins for defending (by zoom) his MSEE thesis "Iterative Threshold Decoding for Spatially Couped, Turbo-like Codes". Great job Andrew!

  • 06/25/20: Had a great time this week teaching an "Introduction to Probability" Workshop to undergraduate students from New Mexico regional universities, community colleges, and tribal colleges as part of the New Mexico EPSCoR STEM Advancement Program (STEMAP).

  • 06/22/20: Attending the 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (online) to present our research paper "A Novel Design of Spatially Coupled LDPC Codes for Sliding Window Decoding".

  • 05/29/20: Honored to have my research selected as a National Science Foundation highlight of the New Mexico Smart Grid Center! An excerpt:

    "...experts predict that the number of networked devices will be three times the global population by 2023, an increase that will challenge the carrying capacity of communications infrastructure on a global scale. Professor David Mitchell and his students at New Mexico State University address the data deluge by improving the performance of LDPC codes inherent in most next-generation wireless technology (5G) communications. Their algorithms demonstrate previously unachievable gains in computational efficiency that lessen the energy costs of digital information exchange and enable efficient monitoring and management of our nation’s power resources in the future."

    Thanks to Brittney Van Der Werff and NM EPSCoR for the wonderful write-up and image (note the convolutional Tanner graphs protecting the information!)



  • 04/15/20: Our new paper “A Threshold-Based Min-Sum Algorithm to Lower the Error Floors of Quantized LDPC Decoders” has been published in the latest IEEE Transactions on Communications.

  • 02/19/20: Our new paper “Performance Bounds and Estimates for Quantized LDPC Decoders” has been published in the latest IEEE Transactions on Communications.

  • 02/02/20: Traveling to San Diego, CA, to present our research paper "On the Design of Spatially Coupled LDPC Codes for Low Latency Applications" at the Information Theory and Applications Workshop.

  • 12/08/20: Traveling to Waikoloa, HI, to present our research paper "Efficient Search and Elimination of Harmful Objects for the Optimization of QC-SC-LDPC Codes" at the IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom).

  • 11/22/19: Honored to be a recipient of the 2019 New Mexico EPSCoR Mentoring Award!



  • 11/02/19: Graduate students Ahmad Golmohammadi and Andrew Cummins and Post-doc Yanfang (Vivian) Liu traveled to Albuquerque, NM to present our research at the New Mexico Academy of Science Research Symposium.



  • 10/19/19: Had a great day representing NMSU with faculty and students from the College of Engineering at the 2019 Las Cruces Spooky Science Festival! We had fun explaining our research projects and got lots of good questions from the next generation of engineers! Thanks to fellow ECE faculty Wei and Wenjie and students Xiaochen and Hunter for your engaging and enthusiastic explanations.



  • 10/02/19: Follow me on twitter @MitchellCoding!
  • 10/01/19: Honored to receive the 2019 New Mexico EPSCoR Mentor Award. An excerpt from a nomination letter: "His enthusiasm, support for his students and peers, and passion for solving the most difficult and pressing technical problems facing the state are the engine that drives our work toward excellence. Furthermore, his ability to communicate and reach across disciplinary boundaries ensures everyone involved in our project is utilized to the utmost of their abilities."
  • 9/27/19: Enjoyed participating in the first webinar of the NM SMART GRID Center! Watch from 19:30 for an overview of our networking research goal.

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