Prof. Levent Gürel is Named IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (DL)
Prof. Levent Gürel (IEEE Fellow) is elected as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for 2011-2014.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has elected Prof. Levent Gürel as a Distinguished Lecturer of the Antennas and Propagation Society for 2011-2014. With more than 400,000 members, IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization. Each year, technical societies of IEEE choose groups of select individuals as Distinguished Lecturers, who are engineering professionals leading their fields in new technical developments. During the next three years, Prof. Gürel is expected to share his expertise with researchers all over the world by delivering lectures on state-of-the-art topics such as parallel computing in electromagnetics, iterative and parallel solvers and preconditioners for extremely large matrix equations, and solutions to the world’s largest integral-equation problems.
Prof. Levent Gürel, of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE), is also a Fellow of IEEE. Elevation to the Fellow rank is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an individual by the IEEE; less than 0.1 percent of all IEEE members worldwide are awarded this title every year. Prof. Gürel was named IEEE Fellow to recognize his extraordinary contributions to fast methods and algorithms for computational electromagnetics.
Prof. Gürel serves as the director of the Bilkent University Computational Electromagnetics Research Center (BiLCEM). Since 2006, BiLCEM researchers have been setting world records by solving extremely large integral-equation problems involving hundreds of millions of unknowns. The most recent record set by BiLCEM required solving 550,000,000 x 550,000,000 dense matrix equations. This superlative work is an outcome of a multidisciplinary study involving physical understanding of electromagnetics problems, developing novel parallelization strategies (computer science), constructing parallel clusters (computer architecture), and employing advanced mathematical methods for integral equations, fast solvers, iterative methods, preconditioners, and linear algebra. Computational science and parallel computing are not the only disciplines to benefit from such an incredible achievement; the ultimate goal is to apply this huge computational capability to find solutions to previously intractable physical, real-life, and scientific problems in important areas such as medical imaging, bioelectromagnetics, metamaterials, nanotechnology, radars, antennas, wireless communications, remote sensing, optics, and many other disciplines involving electromagnetic fields, acoustic waves, and even quantum physics.
Levent Gürel received the B.Sc. degree from METU in 1986 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1988 and 1991, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He joined the Thomas J. Watson Center of the IBM Research Division, Yorktown Heights, New York, in 1991. Since 1994, he has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of Bilkent University. Currently, he is also an adjunct professor at UIUC.
Prof. Gürel's accomplishments are recognized in Turkey with two prestigious awards from the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) in 2002 and the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) in 2003. He is currently serving as an associate editor for Radio Science, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (AWPL), Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications (JEMWA), and Progress in Electromagnetics Research (PIER).
Prof. Gürel served as the Chairman of the AP/MTT/ED/EMC Chapter of the IEEE Turkey Section from 2000 to 2003. He founded the IEEE EMC Chapter in Turkey in 2000. He served as the co-chair of the 2003 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility. He was the organizer and general chair of the CEM’07 and CEM’09 Computational Electromagnetics International Workshops held in 2007 and 2009.
Even before he was named an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Prof. Gürel presented more than 30 invited talks all over the world. He has been invited to the U.S. state of Virginia to deliver the Plenary Address at the 2011 Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Conference in March.
Abstracts of DL Presentations
Solution of Extremely Large Integral-Equation Problems in Computational Electromagnetics
Accurate simulations of real-life electromagnetics problems with integral equations require the solution of dense matrix equations involving millions of unknowns. Solutions of these extremely large problems cannot be achieved easily, even when using the most powerful computers with state-of-the-art technology. However, with MLFMA and parallel MLFMA, we have been able to obtain full-wave solutions of scattering problems discretized with hundreds of millions of unknowns. Some of the complicated real-life problems (such as, scattering from a realistic aircraft) involve geometries that are larger than 1000 wavelengths. Accurate solutions of such problems can be used as reference data for high-frequency techniques. Solutions of extremely large canonical benchmark problems involving sphere and NASA Almond geometries will be presented, in addition to the solution of complicated objects, such as metamaterial problems, red blood cells, and dielectric photonic crystals. For example, by solving the world’s largest and most complicated metamaterial problems (without resorting to homogenization), we demonstrate how the transmission properties of metamaterial walls can be enhanced with randomly-oriented unit cells. Also, we present a comparative study of scattering from healthy red blood cells (RBCs) and diseased RBCs with deformed shapes, leading to a method of diagnosis of blood diseases based on scattering statistics of RBCs. We will present solutions of extremely large problems involving more than one billion (!) unknowns.
Efficient Parallelization of the Multilevel Fast Multipole Algorithm (MLFMA)
Novel and Effective Preconditioners for Iterative Solvers
1. Sparse near-field preconditioners
We will present our efforts to devise effective preconditioners for MLFMA solutions of difficult electromagnetics problems involving both conductors and dielectrics, such as the block-diagonal preconditioner (BDP), incomplete LU (ILU) preconditioners, sparse approximate inverse (SAI) preconditioners, iterative near-field (INF) preconditioner, approximate MLFMA (AMLFMA) preconditioner, the approximate Schur preconditioner (ASP), and the iterative Schur preconditioner (ISP).
Parallel-MLFMA Solutions of Large-Scale Problems Involving Dielectric and Composite Metamaterial Structures
A Class of Algebraic and Kernel-Dependent Fast Solvers for Integral Equations in Computational Electromagnetics