Washington University in St. Louis


Paul Min

Associate Professor

After spending three years at Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies, Inc.), Professor Min joined the Washington University in St. Louis faculty in 1990. Professor Min is an internationally known expert in the field of high speed communication.

At Bellcore, Professor Min was a lead systems engineer for the Bell Operating Companies in transitioning away from their voice centric networks at the time of the AT&T divesture, into multi-service capable networks suited for the Internet era. He was recognized for his contributions at Bellcore in 1990.

After coming to Washington University, Professor Min helped the development of a communication curriculum in the School of Engineering. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the electronics and communication areas. He also supervises students to conduct research in these areas. He is actively involved in the development of the curriculum for the Electrical and Systems Engineering and serves as an ambassador for the McDonnell International Scholars Academy.

Professor Min designed one of the earliest CDMA networks after winning a personal communication services license from the Korean Government through a highly competitive selection process. He has worked closely with NEC Electronics in Japan, LG Electronics in Korea, and Electronic and Telecommunication Research Institute in Korea. He consulted with major companies and organizations around the world, and co-founded two companies.

Professor Min is a recipient of the Best Paper Award at MOBILITY 2011 in October 2011 in Barcelona, Spain, and a recipient of the Best Paper Award at 18th ISATA Award of Technical Excellence in 1988 in Florence, Italy. He received a Research Initiation Award in 1993 from the Advance Research Project Agency (ARPA).  He was a Rockwell Fellow in 1988 and 1989. 

Professor Min was also a member of the Presidential Business Advisors Committee (to President George W. Bush), and was named 2002 Businessman of the Year, for Missouri, by the Wall Street Journal for his entrepreneurial effort. One of the commercial products he developed received a best product award in 2002 from analogZone, a major trade journal for the Internet industry. Professor Min was also the leading author of one of the two winning technical proposals to the Korean government for the Personal Communication Service (PCS) wireless license.

Professor Min has been an organizer for several international symposiums, a guest editor of international journals, and has given a number of invited talks. He served as the Chair of the Communication Society in the Saint Louis Section of IEEE and currently is its Treasurer.

Professor Min is named on nine U.S. patents and is an author of numerous technical papers.


Professor Min's research area includes switching, routing, performance control and security in the communication networks. For example, Professor Min and his students invented and implemented several methods of high performance switching, including multi-channel switches that alleviate the speed and performance constraints of electronic switches. The pattern matching engines that his research group developed are used for processing complex instructions embedded in communication packets at multiple gigabits per second rates. The content search engine that his research group developed has been incorporated into numerous cyber security systems in active networks.

Professor Min is actively involved in in the development of resource management algorithms for the virtualized cluster computing networks.  Professor Min and his students have developed algorithms to control code downloading from the network servers to end-user units.  Based on these algorithms, applications running on the Android-based handsets can run faster without consuming excessive battery power.  By quantifying the information related to the usage patterns, a large amount of user data can be stored, which can help improve the mobile application significantly.

Professor Min also focuses on future generations of wireless technology.  For example, Professor Min and his students have developed methods that enable coordinated transmission and reception of wireless signals among multiple basestations.  Previously, radio signals from multiple basestations are considered as interference.  Leveraging on the results achieved by Professor Min and his students, a cluster of basestations can work together as a single resource enhancing the quality of radio signals.

Selected Publications
“Performance evaluation of distributed application virtualization services using the UMTS mobility model,” MOBILITY 2011, Barcelona, Spain, October, 2011
“On the Prediction of Average Queuing Delay with Self-Similar Traffic,” Proceedings of IEEE GLOBECOM 2003, San Francisco, December 2003
“Multi-Cell CDMA Network Design,” IEEE Transaction on Vehicular Technology, Volume 50, No. 3, pp. 711-722, May 2001
“Analysis of Banyan Based Copy Networks with Internal Buffering,” Journal of High Speed Networks, Volume 5, No. 3, pp. 259-275, November 1996
“Shadow Prices for Least Loaded Routing and Aggregated Least Busy Alternate Routing,” IEEE Transactions on Networking, Volume 4, No. 5, pp. 796-807, October 1996
Selected Research
Virtualized network computing

Coordinated Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) wireless networks

Multi-channel switching

Probabilistic approach for look up table management

System-on-chip semiconductors
Contact Paul Min
Address 1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1127
City/St/Zip St. Louis, MO 63130
Office Bryan Hall, Room 302
Phone (314) 935-8584
Fax (314) 935-3248
Email psm@wustl.edu
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PhD, University of Michigan, 1987
MS, University of Michigan, 1984
BS, University of Michigan, 1982
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