[Rich B's DSP Group]

Jason Laska hails from Chappaqua, NY and is currently at Rice University working in Richard Baraniuk's research group. He received the B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rice University in 2009 and 2011, respectively. His main technical interests are in the field of digital signal processing (DSP), compressive sensing, dimensionality reduction / "big data," machine learning, and lots of related things.


[Laska's Masters Defense by Robin Sheldon]

Completed/submitted Ph.D. Thesis, found here or on research page.

Posted 1-bit CS resources webpage, go check it out! 1-bit CS resources.

Defended Ph.D. dissertation, slides here or on research page.

Submitted a new journal paper, Regime Change: Bit-Depth versus Measurement-Rate in Compressive Sensing.

Submitted a new journal paper, The Pros and Cons of Compressive Sensing for Wideband Signal Acquisition: Noise Folding vs. Dynamic Range.

Submitted a new journal paper, Robust 1-Bit Compressive Sensing via Binary Stable Embeddings of Sparse Vectors. We are really happy with this work.

New journal paper, Trust, but Verify, submitted -- and new revamp of Democracy in Action submitted.

Jason completed the Masters degree. Slides from his defense talk, Democracy in Action: Quantization, Saturation, and Compressive Sensing, can be found here. Accompanying software can be found here.

In 2007, Jason co-founded Rejecta Publications, a non-profit association which provides open access publication to previously rejected papers. The inaugural issue of the Journal Rejecta Mathematica was published in July 2009 and has received critical acclaim in several publications such as The Economist, Ars Technica, Science, and Handelsblatt.

Jason introduced a mac widget, Chai, that provides quick search access to the Cellar Tracker wine database. He hopes he will have time to make more of these in the future (but he knows he wont).

Jason received the Herschel M. Rich Invention Award for his work on the Single-Pixel-Camera. This project has been featured in the BBC, USA Today, and Business Week. The single-pixel-camera was also named one of the top 10 emerging technologies of 2007 by the MIT Technology Review.