Rice again picked for TI’s Leadership University Program

Rice again picked for TI’s Leadership University Program

Rice News staff

Texas Instruments (TI) has once again chosen Rice University as one of its primary academic partners for research into digital signal processing (DSP). An inaugural member of TI’s Leadership University program, Rice’s DSP researchers have won a new three-year $1 million grant under the program.

“There is no greater recognition of excellence within the DSP community than being chosen as a Texas Instruments’ Leadership University,” said Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “TI is the undisputed global leader in DSP, and we’re proud to say the company has supported Rice’s DSP research for decades.”

DSP is the underlying technology inside digital cell phones, hearing aids, CAT scanners, MRI machines, radar guns, sonar systems, seismographs and countless other devices.

Rice’s groundbreaking DSP research includes innovative designs for a new single-pixel camera, next-generation cell phones and wireless networks, “smart” systems for medical emergency kits, new designs for power-stingy mobile devices and the application of TI’s DaVinci technology in video surveillance systems.

TI’s DSP Leadership University program aims to promote innovation and substantive collaboration between academic researchers and TI scientists.

Rice’s DSP research group was founded in 1968, and Rice researchers authored several of the field’s foundational texts. Rice’s pioneering DSP work played a role in Texas Instruments’ eventual decision to rethink its business model to focus solely on DSP products.

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