Georgios B. Giannakis, Ph.D., is a University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Chair in ECE, an Endowed Professor, and director of the Digital Technology Center. Giannakis has made fundamental contributions to statistical signal processing, wireless communications, networking, and data science, having major impact to several fields, including the smart power grid. He holds 33 US-patents; published 460 journal and 760 conference papers; 25 book chapters, two edited books and two research monographs, that have received 9 best journal paper awards, and more than 74,000 citations. Giannakis received the IEEE-SPS Nobert Wiener Award (2019); Technical Achievement Awards (SPS-2000, EURASIP-2005); the ComSoc Education Award (2019); and the IEEE Fourier Technical Field Award (2015). He is a Fellow of the IEEE, EURASIP, the US National Academy of Inventors, and has served the IEEE in several posts, including those of Editor-in-Chief, Board-of-Governors member, and Distinguished Lecturer.