Marc Andre Armand

Associate Professor

PhD Bristol ; 1999
BEng (First Class) Bristol ; 1995

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Professional Working Experience

Jan 2010 - Present      Associate Professor,
                        National University of Singapore
Dec 2000 - Dec 2009     Assistant Professor, 
                        National University of Singapore
Jun 2000 - Dec 2000     Lecturer, 
                        Temasek Polytechnic  	
Nov 1999 - May 2000     Consultant, 
                        Solomon Software (SEA)	

Professional Activities

Senior Member, IEEE.		

Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory,
          IEEE Transactions on Communications,
          IEEE Transactions on Magnetics,
          IEEE Communications Letters,
          IEEE Wireless Communications Letters,
          IEEE Photonics Technology Letters,
          IET Communications,
          ETRI Journal,
          EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking,
          SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics,
          Journal of Complexity.

Review Board Member, "Advanced Engineering Mathematics", 
                     by K.A. Stroud with additions by D.J. Booth,
                     4th Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Consultation projects: Design and implementation of a new Reed-
                       Solomon decoding algorithm for O2 Micro Pte  
                       Ltd.

Publicity Chair, 8th IEEE International Conf. on Commun. Systems,
                 Nov 25-28, 2002, Singapore.

Technical Co-chair, 9th IEEE International Conf. on Commun. Systems, 
                    Sep 6-8, 2004, Singapore. 

Session Chair, IEEE International Symp. on Inf. Theory, Chicago, 
               USA, Jun 27 - Jul 2, 2004.

Technical Program Committee Member, 11th Asia-Pacific Conf. on
                                    Commun., Oct 3-5, 2005, Perth, 
                                    Western Australia. 

Technical Program Committee Member, 11th International Conf. on 
                                    Commun. Systems, Nov 19 - 21, 
                                    2008, Guangzhou, China.

International Advisory Board Member, International Congress on
                                     Pervasive Computing and
                                     Management, Dec 12-14, 2008,
                                     Delhi, India.

Tutorial & Workshop Chair, 11th IEEE International Conf. on Commun.
                           Systems, Nov 2010, Singapore.

Tutorial & Workshop Chair, 12th IEEE International Conf. on Commun.
                           Systems, Nov 2012, Singapore.

Technical Program Committee Member, IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM)
                                    2014, Dec 2014, Austin, TX USA.

Member, Telecommunications Standards Technical Committee,
        Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (iDA), 2008-2011.

Research Interest

Codes on graphs
Algebraic and iterative decoding
Coding for insertion-deletion channels
Signal processing for magnetic recording

Research Projects

Project Title: Frontiers in magnetic recording research: Vision for
               10 Terabit/inch^2
Grant Amount:  $10m
Lead Principal Investigator: Prof Bhatia Charanjit Singh
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Period of investigation: 1 Feb 2010 to 31 Jan 2015

Project Title: Design and performance of codes on graphs and 
               near-MDS codes over integer residue rings
Grant Amount:   $170,150		
Principal Investigators: Dr M.A. Armand & Dr Xin Yan
Period of investigation: 1 Feb 2006 to 31 Jul 2009

Project Title:  Efficient Decoding Algorithms for Error Control Codes
Grant Amount:   $76,822		
Principal Investigators: Dr M.A. Armand & Dr Mehul Motani
Period of investigation: 1 Feb 2002 to 31 Oct 2005

Selected Publications

Book Chapter:
1.   M.A. Armand, "Complementary interpolants and a Welch-Berlekamp-style 
algorithm," Sequences and their Applications: Proceedings of SETA '98, Discrete 
Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science series, edited by C. Ding, T. Helleseth, H. 
Neiderreiter, pp. 131-145, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1999.

Journal:
1.   M.A. Armand, "Multisequence shift register synthesis over commutative rings 
with identity with applications to decoding cyclic codes over integer residue rings," 
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 220-229, Jan 2004.
2.   M.A. Armand, "Generalized rational interpolation over commutative rings and 
remainder decoding," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 683-
690, Apr 2004.
3.   M.A. Armand, "Solving the Welch-Berlekamp key equation over a Galois ring," 
WSEAS Transactions on Mathematics, vol. 4, no. 1, Jan 2005.
4.   M.A. Armand, "List decoding of generalized Reed-Solomon codes over 
commutative rings," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 411-
419, Jan 2005.
5.   M.A. Armand, "Improved list decoding of generalized Reed-Solomon and 
alternant codes over Galois rings," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 51, 
no. 2, pp. 728-733, Feb 2005.
6.   M.A. Armand, "Lee metric decoding of alternant codes over Zq," 
Electronics Letters, vol. 41, no. 10, pp. 601-602, May 2005.
7.   M.A. Armand and O. de Taisne, "Multistage list decoding of generalized Reed-
Solomon codes over Galois rings," IEEE Communications Letters, vol. 9, no. 7, pp. 625-
627, Jul 2005.
8.   T.S. John, A. Nallanathan and M.A. Armand, "A non-resampling sequential 
Monte Carlo receiver for coded OFDM systems based on periodic termination of 
differential phase trellis," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 5, no. 
7, pp. 1846-1856, Jul 2006. 
9.   M.A. Armand, "Chase decoding of linear Z4 codes," Electronics 
Letters, vol. 42, no. 18, pp. 1049-1051, Aug 2006. 
10.  M.A. Armand and K.S. Ng, "Decoding LDPC codes over integer residue rings," 
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 52, no. 10, pp. 4680-4686, Oct 2006.
11.  K.S. Ng and M.A. Armand, "LDPC codes over mixed alphabets," Electronics 
Letters, vol. 42, no. 22, p. 1290-1291, Oct 2006. 
12.  M.A. Armand, A. Halim and A. Nallanathan, "Chase decoding of linear 
Z4 codes at low to moderate rates," IEEE Communications Letters, vol. 11, no. 
10, pp. 811-813, Oct 2007.
13.  P.Y. Liew and M.A. Armand, "Inaudible watermarking via phase manipulation of 
random frequencies," Multimedia Tools & Applications, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 357-377, Dec 
2007.
14.  E. Mo and M.A. Armand, "Structured LDPC codes over integer residue rings," 
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking: Special Issue on Advances in 
Error Control Coding Techniques, 2008. 
15.  M.A. Armand, "Interleaved Reed-Solomon codes versus interleaved Hermitian 
codes," IEEE Communications Letters, vol. 12, no. 10, pp. 779-781, Oct 2008.
16.  M.A. Armand, "A note on interleaved Reed-Solomon codes over Galois rings," 
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 1574-1581, Apr 2010.
17.  E. Mo and M.A. Armand, "Pseudocodeword weights for LDPC codes under 
differential PSK transmission over the noncoherent AWGN channel," IEEE Transactions on 
Communications, vol. 59, no. 5, pp. 1218-1223, May 2011.
18.  X. Jiao and M.A. Armand, "Soft-input inner decoder for the Davey-MacKay 
construction," IEEE Communications Letters, vol.16, no. 5, pp. 722-725, May 2012.
19.  X. Jiao and M.A. Armand, "On a reduced-complexity inner decoder for the 
Davey-MacKay construction," ETRI Journal, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 637-640, Aug 2012.
20.  A. Mahmood, M.A. Chitre and M.A. Armand, "PSK Communication with Passband 
Additive Symmetric -Stable Noise," IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 60, no. 
10, pp. 2990-3000, Oct 2012.
21.  T. Wu and M.A. Armand, "The Davey-MacKay coding scheme for channels with 
dependent insertion, deletion and substitution errors," IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 
vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 489-495, Jan 2013. 
22.  H. Yuan and M.A. Armand, "Doubly multistage decoding of LDPC codes over 
Z2m," IET Communications, vol. 6, no. 15, pp. 2341-2350, 2012.
23.  T. Wu and M.A. Armand, "Joint and separate detection-decoding on BPMR 
channels," IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 49, no. 7, pp. 3779-3782, Jul 2013. 
[Selected papers from the 12th Joint MMM/Intermag Conference, Chicago, Illinois, Jan 14-
18, 2013.]
24.  P.-M. Nguyen, M.A. Armand, T. Wu, "On the watermark string in the Davey-
MacKay construction," IEEE Communications Letters, vol. 17, no. 9, pp. 1830-1833, Sep. 
2013.
25.  T. Wu, M.A. Armand, J. R. Cruz, "Detection-decoding on BPMR channels with 
written-in error correction and ITI mitigation," IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 
50, no. 1, Jan 2014.
26.  A. Mahmood, M.A. Chitre and M.A. Armand, "On Single-Carrier Communications 
in Additive White Symmetric Alpha-Stable Noise," IEEE Transactions on Communications, 
vol. 62, no. 10, pp. 3584-3599, Oct 2014.
27.  A. Mahmood, M.A. Chitre and M.A. Armand, "Detecting OFDM Signals in Alpha-
Stable Noise," IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 62, no. 10, pp. 3571-3583, Oct 
2014.
28.  T. Wu and M.A. Armand, "Marker Codes on BPMR Write Channel with Data-
Dependent Written-In Errors," IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 51, no. 8, Aug 2015.
29.  P.-M. Nguyen and M.A. Armand, "On capacity formulation with stationary 
inputs and application to a bit-patterned media recording channel model," IEEE Transactions on 
Information Theory, vol. PP, no. 99, 2015.

Conference:
1.   M.A. Armand, "Complementary interpolants and a Welch-Berlekamp-style 
algorithm," Preproceedings of Sequences and their Applications, Singapore, Dec 14-17, 
1998.
2.   M.A. Armand, "Decoding cyclic codes over Zq beyond the BCH 
bound," Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Power-Line Communications and 
its Applications, pg. 243-246, 2002.
3.   M.A. Armand, "Efficient decoding of Reed-Solomon codes over Zq 
based on remainder polynomials," Proceedings of the 6th WSEAS International 
Multiconference on Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers, Greece, Jul 7-14, 
2002. (Also in WSEAS Transactions on Communications, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 116-121, 2002.)
4.   M.A. Armand and S.Y. Wee, "Fast decoding of alternant codes using a division-
free analog of an accelerated Berlekamp-Massey algorithm," Proceedings of the 6th WSEAS 
International Multiconference on Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers, 
Greece, Jul 7-14, 2002. (Also in WSEAS Transactions on Communications, vol. 1, no. 1, p. 
96-101, 2002.)
5.   M.A. Armand  and S.H. Ong, "Linear dependence relations of syndromes in 
decoding cyclic beyond their design distance," Proceedings of the 8th International 
Conference on Communication Systems, Singapore, Nov. 25-28, 2002.
6.   M.A. Armand, "List decoding of generalized Reed-Solomon codes over 
commutative rings with identity," Proceedings of 2003 IEEE International Symposium on 
Information Theory, Yokohama, Japan.
7.   B. Low, F. Cai, M.A. Armand and M. Motani, "Distributed multi-code 
assignments for DS-CDMA ad hoc networks," Proceedings of 7th International Symposium on 
Digital Signal Processing and Communication Systems, 8-11 Dec 2003, Gold Coast, 
Australia.
8.   M.A. Armand, "Improved list decoding of generalized Reed-Solomon and 
alternant codes over rings," Proceedings of 2004 IEEE International Symposium on 
Information Theory, Chicago, USA.
9.  F. Cai, M.A. Armand and M. Motani, "Adaptive and iterative soft-decision list 
decoding," Proceedings of 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, 
Chicago, USA.
10.  T.S. John, A. Nallanathan and M.A. Armand, "On the performance of LDPC-coded 
OFDM system with periodically terminated differential phase modulation," Proceedings of 
2005 IEEE International Conference on Communications, 16-20 May, Seoul, Korea.
11.  T.S. John, A. Nallanathan and M.A. Armand, "A pilot-aided non-resampling 
sequential Monte Carlo detector for coded MIMO-OFDM systems," Proceedings of 2005 IEEE 
GLOBECOM, 28 Nov - 2 Dec, St. Louis, USA.
12.  J. Zhang and M.A. Armand, "On transformed folded shortened Reed-Solomon 
codes for the correction of phased bursts," Proceedings on the 5th International 
Conference on Information, Communications & Signal Processing, Bangkok, Thailand, Dec 6-
9, 2005.
13.  J. Zhang and M.A. Armand, "Synthesis of multi-sequences having unknown 
elements in the middle with decoding applications," Proceedings of 2006 IEEE 
International Symposium on PIMRC, Sep 11-14, Helsinki, Finland.
14.  E. Mo and M.A. Armand, "Design and performance of LDPC codes extended with 
parity-check symbols from a larger alphabet," (Best Student Paper) Proceedings of 
the 6th International Conference on Information, Communications and Signal Processing, 
Singapore, Dec 10-13, 2007.
15.  J. Zhang, M.A. Armand and Y. Xin, "Design of low density parity check codes 
for AWGN channels with causal interference," Proceedings of 42nd Annual Conference on 
Information Science and Systems, New Jersey, USA, Mar 19-21, 2008.
16.  E. Mo, P.Y. Kam and M.A. Armand, "LLR metrics for LDPC codes with quadrature 
differential PSK transmission, and their performances," Proceedings of International 
Symposium on Information Theory and its Applications, Auckland, New Zealand, Dec 7-10, 
2008.
17.  M.A. Armand, "On the design and alphabet size of Roth-Skachek nearly MDS 
expander codes," Proceedings of 13th WSEAS International Conference on Applied 
Mathematics, Tenerife, Spain, Dec 15-17, 2008.
18.  J. Zhang, M.A. Armand and P.Y. Kam, "A mutual information approach for 
comparing LLR metrics for iterative decoders," Proceedings of IEEE International 
Conference on Communications, Dresden, Germany, Jun 14-18, 2009.
19.  X. Jiao and M.A. Armand, "Interleaved LDPC codes, reduced-complexity inner 
decoder and an iterative decoder for the Davey-Mackay Construction," Proceedings of 2011 
IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, St. Petersburg, Russia, Jul 31-Aug 
5, 2011.
20.  T. Wu, M.A. Armand and X. Jiao, "On Reed-Solomon codes as outer codes in 
the Davey-MacKay construction for channels with insertions and deletions," Proceedings 
of 8th International Conference on Communications and Signal Processing, Singapore, Dec 
13-16, 2011.
21.  M.A. Chitre, A. Mahmood and M.A. Armand, "Coherent communications in 
snapping-shrimp dominated ambient noise environments," Proceedings of Acoustics 2012, 
Hong Kong, May 13-18, 2012. (Abstract)
22.  A. Mahmood, M.A. Chitre and M.A. Armand, "Baseband characterization of 
additive white symmetric -stable noise," Proceedings of IEEE GLOBECOM, Anaheim, 
California, Dec 3-7, 2012.
23.  M.A. Chitre, A. Mahmood and M.A. Armand, "Improving PSK performance in 
snapping shrimp noise with rotated constellations," Proceedings of 7th ACM International 
Conf. on Underwater Networks & Systems (WUWNeT), Los Angeles, California, Nov 5-6, 2012.
24.  A. Mahmood, M.A. Chitre and M.A. Armand, "Maximum-Likelihood Detection 
Performance of Uncoded OFDM in Impulsive Noise," Proceedings of IEEE GLOBECOM, Atlanta, 
Dec 9-13, 2013.
25.  T. Wu and M.A. Armand, "Iterative Bidirectional Detection for BPMR 
Channels," Book of Digests, IEEE International Magnetics Conference (Intermag), Dresden, 
Germany, May 4-8, 2014.
26.  T. Wu, M.A. Armand and J.R. Cruz, "Detection-Decoding on Staggered BPMR 
Channels with Written-In Errors and Inter-Track Interference," Book of Digests, IEEE 
International Magnetics Conference (Intermag), Dresden, Germany, May 4-8, 2014.
27.  P.-M. Nguyen, M.A. Armand, T. Wu, "Improved codes for synchronization error 
correction on the BPMR channel," Book of Digests, The Magnetic Recording Conference 
(TMRC) 2014, Berkeley, USA, Aug 11-13, 2014.

Research Students Supervised

Graduated: 
Feng Cai (MEng), Research area: error-control coding
Olivier de Taisne (MEng), Research area: error-control coding
Low Bruno (MEng), Research area: wireless ad hoc networks
Thomas Sushil John (MEng), Research area: wireless communications
Hu Wenguang (MEng), Research area: error-control coding
Ng Khai Sheng (MEng), Research area: error-control coding
Zhang Jianwen (PhD), Research area: error-control coding
Anwar Halim (MEng),  Research area: error-control coding
Foo Siang Meng (MEng), Research area: equalization in data storage
Liew Pol Yee (MEng), Research area: digital watermarking
Elisa Mo Huisi (PhD), Research area: LDPC codes and iterative decoding
Yuan Haifeng (PhD), Research area: wireless communications
Ahmed Mahmood (PhD), Research area: Digital communications in impulsive noise
Wu Tong (PhD), Research area: Coding and detection for magnetic recording channels

Awards

1. Teaching Commendation, AY2001/02.	
2. Teaching Commendation, AY2006/07.
3. Teaching Commendation, AY2011/12.
4. Teaching Commendation, AY2012/13.	
5. Best Student Paper Award, ICICS 2007.	

Teaching Courses

Current modules: 
EE6130 Information and Coding Theory (L)
EE4113 Digital Communications & Coding (L)
EE2012 Analytical Methods in ECE (L)

Past modules:
EE1003 Introduction to Signals and Communications (L)
EE5307 Coding Theory & Techniques (L)
EE4103 Coding Theory & Applications (L)
EE3002 Engineering Mathematics IV (L)
EE2462 Engineering Mathematics III (T)
EE2112 Communication Principles (T)
EE2009 Signals (T)
TE3801 Robust Design of Electronic Circuits (L)
DTS5201 - CC01 Communications Systems (L)