The DSP50 Celebration held Friday, April 26 was a chance for one of the university’s longest-running research and education programs to recognize their past, present and future. The event, held at the Rice BioScience Research Collaborative, featured speakers, panel sessions and discussions.
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) – the transformation of data (signals, images, video, etc.) to extract or better transmit information – has evolved from an obscure research discipline into an essential technology of everyday life. DSP has enabled numerous technologies we now take for granted, from CD players, cellphones, WiFi, HDTV, and Siri to MRI and CT medical imagers, seismic data analyzers, and imaging satellites.
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.
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