Rice University
26 April 2019

Rice University has been a major force in DSP research and education since two young faculty members launched their first DSP course some 50 years ago. Sidney Burrus and Tom Parks, together with their colleagues, joined over the years by Rui deFigueredo, Don Johnson and waves of additional faculty, built an internationally recognized program that spawned key theory and algorithms for digital filter design, fast Fourier transforms, array processing, wavelet transforms, compressive sensing, and deep learning.  Rice's many outstanding DSP alumni now hold leadership positions in academics, industry, and government.

DSP50 will commemorate and celebrate the past, present, and future of one of the longest-running successful research and education programs at Rice with a variety of speakers, panel sessions, and discussions.

WHEN:  Friday 26 April 2019

WHERE:  BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), Rice University, Houston, Texas

MORE INFO:  dsp.rice.edu/DSP50


Rice PhD alum Eva Dyer has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Fellowship to support her research at the Georgia Institute of Technology on new computational methods for discovering principles that govern the organization and structure of the brain.  Eva's broader research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning, optimization and neuroscience.

DSP group members will be traveling en masse to New Orleans in May 2019 to present four regular papers at the International Conference on Learning Representations

Pavan Kota has been awarded a prestigious NIH NLM Training Grant in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science that will support his PhD research on new kinds of microbial diagnostics.  One particularly promising approach is based on designing coded strands of DNA that enable compressive sensing to be applied.  The upshot is that only a few coded DNA probes are required to detect and classify a much larger number of potential microbes.


Chris Metzler successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Data-Driven Computational Imaging: With Application to Imaging Through and Around Obstacles.  He's pictured here at Rice's Valhalla pub performing the ritual "trimming of the tie" ceremony for new PhDs with Prof. Richard Baraniuk.  Chris' next stop is Stanford University for a postdoc with Prof. Gordon Wetzstein in the Stanford Computational Imaging Lab.



John Treichler, Rice DSP alum, distinguished TI visiting professor, and pioneer in the development of digital signal processing (DSP), has been awarded the Society Award by the IEEE Signal Processing Society.  The Society Award honors outstanding technical contributions in a field within the scope of the Signal Processing Society and outstanding leadership within that field.  John will present the Norbert Wiener Lecture at ICASSP 2019 in Brighton, UK.

Now the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Scientist of Raytheon Applied Signal Technology, John was cited for his “contributions and leadership in the practical use of adaptive digital signal processing and for sustained service to the Society.” Among his many creations, John is celebrated for inventing the “constant modulus” adaptive filtering algorithm, which is used to compensate for interference, such as multipath echoes, on communication signals.

Rice DSP alum Tom Goldstein (postdoc 2012-2014) has received a DARPA Young Faculty Award for a project entitled Self-Assessing Network Models for Big Data Summarization.  There are many complex tasks that neither a human nor a computer can complete alone.  An example is searching a large image database: a human does not have the bandwidth to examine millions of images, while a neural network has the needed bandwidth, but lacks the intelligence to analyze complex or unusual images that lie far from its training distribution.  Tom's project will enhance human-computer teaming by giving machines the ability to assess their own performance and self confidence. This way, machines can act independently, and then ask their human collaborators for help when it is needed.

Tom is currently an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland. He has previously been awarded the SIAM DiPrima Prize and a Sloan Fellowship.