Prof. Sethuraman's biography and research interests
Research Interests
Finitedimensional division algebras.
Matrix varieties: applications of algebraic geometry to problems in matrix theory.
Application of division algebras to spacetime coding (wireless communication).
Biography
Ph.D 1991, University of California, San Diego, Mathematics.
B.Tech 1980, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Chennai, Mechanical Engineering.
Positions held
 Professor, California State University Northridge (1999 to Present)
 Visiting Professor, Indian Statistical Institute Bangalore, India (Spring 2012)
 Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India (2010 to 2011).
 Visiting Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara, Spring 2000.
 Associate Professor, California State University Northridge (1994 to 1999).
 Visiting Associate Professor, University of Southern California, Spring 1998.
 Visiting Associate Professor, New Mexico State University, Spring 1996.
 Assistant Professor, California State University Northridge (1991 to 1994)
 Instructor, University of San Diego, 199091.
 Software Engineer, Calma, San Diego, 19841988.
 Engineer Trainee, Eicher, New Delhi, 19801981.
Grants
 National Science Foundation, Division of Computing and Communication Foundations, 20132016, $249,975.
 National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Sciences, 20072012, $121,031.
 National Science Foundation, International Research, 20022005, $27,178
 K.B. Chandrashekhar Family Foundation Award, 20002001, $113,865.
 National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Sciences, 199497, $59,850.
 Miscellaneous internal CSU Northridge Research Awards, 1991Present.
Publications
Research Publications
 Bounds on fast decodability of spacetime block
codes, skewHermitian matrices, and Azumaya
algebras (with Gregory Berhuy and Nadya Markin), Submitted.
 Quotients of Orders in Cyclic Algebras and SpaceTime Codes (with Frederique Oggier), Advances in Mathematics of Communications 7, 441461, November 2013.
 Hilbert series of certain jet schemes of determinantal varieties (with Boyan Jonov and Sudhir Ghorpade), To appear in Pacific Journal of Mathematics.
 Division algebras and wireless communication, Notices of the AMS , 57 14321439, December 2010.
 Jet schemes of the commuting matrix pairs scheme (with Klemen Sivic), Proceedings of the AMS 137, 39533967, 2009.
 A Note on the Hankel Transform of the Central Binomial Coefficients (with Mario Garcia Armas), Journal of Integer Sequences, 11 Article 08.5.8, 2008.
 Perfect spacetime codes for any number of antennas (with Petros Elia and P. Vijaykumar), IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 53, 38533868, November 2007.
 Construction of Orthonormal Lattices and Quaternion Division Algebras for Totally Real Number Fields (with Frederique Oggier), Proceedings of Applied Algebra and Error Correcting Codes 17 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science), Bangalore, December 2007.
 Moving Zeros Among Matrices (appendix with Tomaz Kosir to a paper by John Holbrook and JeanPierre Schoch), Linear Algebra and Applications, Special Issue Honoring Roger Horn, 424, 8395, 2007.
 Informationlossless spacetime block codes from crossed product algebras (with B.Sundar Rajan and V.Shashidhar) IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 52, 39133935, September 2006 .
 Valuation on tensor powers of a division algebra (with Pat Morandi), Journal of Algebra, 293, 385394, 2005.
 A note on the special unitary group of a division algebra (with B. Sury), Proc. Amer. Math. Soc, 134, 351354, 2005.
 A Groebner basis for the 2X2 determinantal ideal mod t^2 (with Tomaz Kosir), Journal of Algebra, 292, 138153, 2005.
 Division algebras with an antiautomorphism but no involution (with Pat Morandi and JeanPierre Tignol), Advances in Geometry, 5, 485495, 2005.
 Determinantal varieties over truncated polynomial rings (with Tomaz Kosir), Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra, 195, 7595, 2005 .
 Fulldiversity, highrate spacetime block codes from division algebras (with B. Sundar Rajan and V. Shashidhar), IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Oct 2003, Special Issue on SpaceTime Coding.
 Decomposition of involutions on inertially split division algebras, (with Pat Morandi), Math. Zeitschrift , 235 , 195212, 2000.
 Generalized cocycles with values in oneunits of henselian division algebras, (with Pat Morandi), Journal of Algebra , 224 , 123129, 2000.
 Commuting pairs and triples of matrices, and related varieties, (with Robert Guralnick), Linear Algebra and Applications , 310 , 139148, 2000.
 Commuting pairs in the centralizers of 2regular matrices, (with Michael Neubauer) Journal of Algebra 214 (1999) 174181.
 Divisors on division algebras and error correcting codes, (with Pat Morandi) Communications in Algebra 26 (1998), 32113221.
 Degrees of highdimensional subvarieties of determinantal varieties, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 126 (1998) 914.
 Indecomposable division algebras with a Baer ordering, (with Pat Morandi) Communications in Algebra, 22 (1994), 54015418.
 Noncrossed product division algebras with a Baer ordering, (with Pat Morandi) Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 123 (1995), 19952003.
 Kummer subfields of tame division algebras, (with Pat Morandi) Journal of Algebra, 172 (1995), 554583.
 Division algebras whose p^ith powers have arbitrary indices, Journal of Algebra, 165 (1994), 476482.
 Dec groups of arbitrarily high exponent, Pacific J. Math., 162 (1994), 373391.
 Indecomposable division algebras, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc., 114 (1992), 661665.
Textbooks
Other Mathematical Publications
Refereed Engineering Conference Proceedings
 Fast lattice decodability of spacetime block codes (with Gregory Berhuy and Nadya Markin), International Symposium on Information Theory, Honolulu, 2014.
 The BelfioreSole ́ Conjecture and a Certain Technique for Verifying it for a Given Lattice (with Julia Pinchak), ITA 2014.
 Construction of Orthonormal Lattices and Quaternion Division Algebras for Totally Real Number Fields (with Frederique Oggier), Proceedings of Applied Algebra and Error Correcting Codes 17 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science), Bangalore, December 2007. (Cross listed above under Research Publications.)
 Codes Achieving The DMD Tradeoff Of The MIMOARQ Channel} (with Petros Elia, K. Raj Kumar, P. Vijay Kumar, and Sameer A. Pawar), Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT 2005).
 Perfect SpaceTime Codes with Minimum and NonMinimum Delay for Any Number of Antennas} (with Petros Elia and P. Vijay Kumar), WirelessCom 2005, International Conference on Wireless Networks, Communications, and Mobile Computing, June 2005
 Information Lossless STBCs from CrossedProduct Algebras} (with B. Sundar Rajan and V. Shashidhar), Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on
Information Theory (ISIT 2004), Chicago, 2004.
 STBCs using capacity achieving designs from crossedproduct division algebras} (with B. Sundar Rajan and V. Shashidhar), Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2004), Paris, France, 2004.
 InformationLossless SpaceTime Block Codes from Division Algebras} (with B. Sundar Rajan and V. Shashidhar),Oberwolfach Meeting on Kodierungstheorie held at Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, Germany, 2003.
 STBCs using Capacity Achieving Designs from Cyclic Division Algebras (with B. Sundar Rajan and V. Shashidhar), IEEE Globecomm, San Francisco, 2003.
 HighRate FullDiversity STBCs from Field Extensions (with B. Sundar Rajan et al), IEEE ISIT conference, Yokohama, Japan 2003.
 An Algebraic Description of Orthogonal Designs and the Uniqueness of the Alamouti Code (with B. Sundar Rajan), IEEE Globecomm, Taipei, Taiwan 2002.
 FullRank, FullRate STBCs from Division Algebras (with B. Sundar Rajan), IEEE Information Theory Workshop, Bangalore, India 2002.
 STBC from field extensions of the rational field (with B. Sundar Rajan). IEEE ISIT conference, Lausanne, Switzerland 2002.
 Optimal STBC from PSK signal sets from cyclotomic field extensions (with B. Sundar Rajan). IEEE ICC conference, New York, 2002.
Collaborations with Students and Postdocs
 Julia Pinchak: Masters student in pure mathematics at CSU Northridge. Wrote her masters thesis with me. She studied the BelfioreSole ́ conjecture on unimodular lattices, and showed that infinitely many lattices satisfy the conjecture. She also showed that all lattices obtained by Construction A from binary, doubly even, selfdual codes of lengths up to 40 satisfy the conjecture. Her paper Wiretap Codes: Families of Lattices Satisfying the BelfioreSole ́ Secrecy Function Conjecture was presented at the International Symposium on Information Theory in 2013 and appeared in the Proceedings of IEEE ISIT 2013,
pp. 26172620. Together, we wrote the paper The BelfioreSole ́ Conjecture and a Certain Technique for Verifying it for a Given Lattice for ITA 2014. She is currently working in the aerospace industry.

 Sonia Chauhan: Masters student in pure mathematics at CSU Northridge. Wrote her masters thesis with me. She studied the principal component of the algebraic tangent bundle over the variety of m X (m+1) matrices of rank at most m1 by associating a simplicial complex to a proposed Groebner Basis for the defining ideal. She is currently working on extending her thesis results for publication.
 Boyan Jonov: Masters student in pure mathematics at CSU Northridge. Wrote his masters thesis with me. His thesis resulted in two papers. His first paper from his MS thesis Intial complex associated to a jet scheme of a determinantal variety, a solo effort, has already appeared in Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra. His second paper from his MS thesis Hilbert series of certain jet schemes of determinantal varieties, joint with Sudhir Ghorpade any myself, will appear in the Pacific Journal of Mathematics. He is currently working on his Ph.D. at UCSB.
 Klemen Sivic: Ph.D. student at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. We collaborated on the paper Jet schemes of the commuting matrix pairs scheme . His contributions were substantial and critical.
 Mario Garcia Armes: An undergraduate student at the Universidad de La Habana, Cuba. We collaborated on the paper A Note on the Hankel Transform of the Central Binomial Coefficients he contributed very substantially to the underlying computations.
 Frederique Oggier: A former postdoc at Caltech. We collaborated on the paper Construction of Orthonormal Lattices and Quaternion Division Algebras for Totally Real Number Fields.
 Petros Elia: A former Ph.D student at USC. We collaborated on the paper Perfect spacetime codes for any number of antennas.
 V. Shashidhar: A former Ph.D student at Indian Institute of Science. We collaborated on two papers: Informationlossless spacetime block codes from crossed product algebras and Fulldiversity, highrate spacetime block codes from division algebras.
Other Publications
 Transformations in Rural Bengal, published in India Currents (a magazine for Indian Americans), March 2000.
 OpEd piece, April 1999, published in the Los Angeles Times, also in the Sacramento Bee, and in a slightly modified version, joint with Beth Newell, in the Fresno Bee.
 The Street Children of Calcutta, published in India Currents (a magazine for Indian Americans), September 1998.
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