How thin can a camera be?  Very, say Rice University researchers who have developed patented prototypes of their technological breakthrough.

FlatCam, invented by the labs of Rice DSP faculty members Richard Baraniuk and Ashok Veeraraghavan, is little more than a thin sensor chip with a mask that replaces the lenses in a traditional camera.

Making it practical are the sophisticated computer algorithms that process what the sensor detects and converts the sensor measurements into images and videos.  More info.

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John Treichler, Rice DSP alum, distinguished visiting professor, and pioneer in the development of digital signal processing (DSP), has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Now the president of Raytheon Applied Signal Technology of Sunnyvale, Calif., Treichler was cited by the NAE for his “contributions to digital signal processing and its applications to national intelligence gathering.” 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.

DSP alum Chinmay Hedge (PhD, 2012) has won the Best Paper Award at the 2015 International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) for the paper "A Nearly-Linear Time Framework for Graph-Structured Sparsity" written with his collaborators Piotr Indyk and Ludwig Schmidt from MIT.

This is great momentum for starting in as an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University. Congratulations, Chin!