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Ankit Patel comes to us after spending 4 years as a high-frequency trader in Chicago. He has a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard and his thesis focused on biologically-inspired computing and Markov models of sheets of dividing cells. His current focus is in the intersection between Machine Learning and Computational Neuroscience. He loves intellectual debate, tennis, and basketball (no, he does not play polo). Most of all, he looks forward to new challenges and adventures here at Rice! Ankit joined the DSP group in July, 2013.

Eric has returned to Duncan Hall, having completing his PhD in statistics at Rice in 2011.
Prior to joining the DSP group, he was a postdoc in the UCLA human genetics department where he developed machine learning algorithms for analyzing high throughput bioinformatics and biomedical imaging data.
Eric joined the DSP group in in July 3013.

Heather Seeba (BSEE 2007) joined the group in June 2013 as a staff Research Engineer. Heather comes to the DSP group from the oilfield industry.

Under the Hood: Heather gets inside an operator console to debug wiring (prior to joining the DSP group)

The 2013 Ralph Budd Thesis Award goes to Chinmay Hegde, who graduated from Rice with a master’s degree in 2010 and a Ph.D. in 2012, both in electrical and computer engineering. His thesis was titled “Nonlinear Signal Models: Geometry, Algorithms, and Analysis.” The annual award is named for Ralph Budd, the Rice commencement speaker in 1935, who asked that his honorarium be used to benefit Rice students. Chinmay is a post-doctoral associate in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Five Rice DSP alums have secured Assistant Professor positions this academic year.

Mark Davenport (PhD 2011) will start at Georgia Tech the ECE Department in Fall 2012. Mark earned the Ralph Budd Thesis Award for the best thesis in the George R. Brown School of Engineering in 2011 and postdoc'ed with Emmanuel Candes at Stanford University. Mark joins Rice PhD alums Justin Romberg, Chris Rozell, James McClellan, Douglas Williams, and Rob Butera.

Arian Maleki (postdoc 2010-2012) will start at Columbia University in the Statistics Department in January 2013. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University under the supervision of Houston native David Donoho in 2010.

Mark Davenport to start Assistant Professor position in EC Department at Georgia Tech in Fall 2012.
Mark joins Rice DSP alums Justin Romberg and Chris Rozell.

http://www-stat.stanford.edu/~markad/

Esteemed and award-winning Rice DSP alum Marco Duarte has accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A prestigious NSF IPAM Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton and Duke Universities enabled him to work with Prof. Robert Calderbank.

Duarte received his B.Sc. with distinction and his M.Sc. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison; he received his Ph.D. from Rice with Prof. Richard Baraniuk as advisor. He has published and presented widely, and is the co-inventor on several patents. Duarte’s areas of interest include signal, image, and data processing using sparse, compressible, and manifold signal models.

DSP alum Rui M. Castro, formerly of Columbia University, began an assistant professorship of statistics at University of Technology, Eindhoven, August 2010.

Rui's research interests are on the borderline of signal processing, learning theory and statistics. One major research focus is on active learning techniques, also known as sequential experimental design.

On November 3rd, the Air Force announced that Rice DSP PhD alum Rebecca Willett will receive one of its prestigious Young Investigator Research Program grants. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering. Selected as one of 43 young researchers over a range of disciplines, Rebecca will use the grant over multiple years to conduct investigations in photon-limited sensing and surveillance.

Read the full Air Force press release here.

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