DSP postdoc and faculty alumnus Rob Nowak recently received both the 2014 IEEE W.R.G. Baker Award and a 2014 Kellett Mid-Career Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The IEEE W.R.G Baker Award recognizes the most outstanding work published in any IEEE archival publication between 3 and 5 years prior to the award presentation. Nowak, UW-Madison Computer Sciences Professor Stephen Wright, and Mário A.T. Figueiredo of the Instituto Superior Técnico of Portugal won for their paper "Sparse Reconstruction by Separable Approximation", published in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing in 2009.
The Kellett Mid-Career Award recognizes outstanding faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who have had tenure for 7 to 20 years and provides research funding to further their excellent work.