PhD in Electrical Engineering
Adjunct Professor
Research Area
Data Science and AI (DSAI)
Research Interests
Signal processing
High-dimensional statistics and random matrix theory
Wireless communications
Computational biology
Financial engineering

PhD, Univ. of Sydney
Fellow, IEEE


Matthew McKay (S’03-M’07-SM’13) received the combined B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering and the B.IT. degree in Computer Science from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 2007. He is currently a Full Visiting Professor in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).  Previously, at the Associate Professor rank, he held the Hari Harilela Endowed Chair.  Matthew was a Research Scientist with the Institute for Medical Engineering & Science (IMES) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014, and with the Department of Statistics at Stanford University in 2015. His research interests include communications and signal processing, random matrix theory, high-dimensional statistics, financial engineering, and computational biology/immunology. 

He serves as Area Editor (Feature Articles) of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, and Editor for the mathematics journal, Random Matrices: Theory and Applications. He  previously served on editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

Honors & Awards
Honors and Awards

Matthew was awarded the University Medal upon graduating from the Queensland University of Technology. He and his co-authors were awarded a Best Student Paper Award at IEEE ICASSP 2006, Best Student Paper Award at IEEE VTC 2006, Best Paper Award at ACM IWCMC 2010, Best Paper Award at IEEE Globecom 2010, Best Paper Award at IEEE ICC 2011, and Best Student Paper Award at IEEE ICASSP 2014 (Information Forensics and Security Track). In addition, he received a 2010 Young Author Best Paper Award by the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and the 2011 Stephen O. Rice Prize by the IEEE Communication Society. He also received the 2011 Young Investigator Research Excellence Award by the School of Engineering at HKUST, and the 2013 Best Young Researcher Award (Asia Pacific Region) by the IEEE Communication Society.