Pervasive Broadband: Opportunities for Signal Processing

Following the Welcome and Awards Ceremony, May 18th, 2004, 09:00 - 11:30, Grand Salon

Keynote Talk

Presented by

Prof. Nikil Jayant, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Executive Director, GCATT(Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology), Georgia Institute of Technology


With the emergence of broadband telecommunications, we are moving in well-measured steps from nearly universal telephony to increasingly pervasive multimedia services. In this talk, I shall describe some exciting directions that this context presents to the field of signal processing, broadly defined. Opportunities span conventional media processing disciplines such as signal capture, compression, synthesis, and recognition, cross-disciplinary fields such as information retrieval and information sharing, as well as rich collections of algorithms that have come to be known as communications signal processing. I shall remark particularly on the confluence of signal processing with sister disciplines, as we seek to enhance lifestyle in the broadband-enabled home of the future.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Nikil Jayant joined the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Georgia Tech in July 1998, as a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, as the John Pippin Chair in Wireless Systems, and as the Director of the Georgia Tech Wireless Institute. In April 1999, he created and became the first Director of the Georgia Tech Broadband Institute, with cross-campus responsibilities in research and industry partnership in broadband access, lifestyle computing, and ubiquitous multimedia. In October 2000, he was named Executive Director of the Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT).

Earlier in his career at Bell Laboratories, Dr. Jayant created and managed the Signal Processing Research Department, the Advanced Audio Technology Department and the Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory. He also initiated several new ventures for AT&T and Lucent Technologies, including businesses in Internet Multimedia, Wireless Communications and Digital Audio Broadcasting. His personal research has been in the field of digital coding and transmission of information signals. He has published a hundred and thirty papers and authored or co-authored five books, including an IEEE Reprint Book, "Waveform Quantization and Coding" (1976), a fundamental text book, "Digital Coding of Waveforms" (Prentice Hall,1984) co-authored with Peter Noll, an edited book, "Signal Compression" (World Scientific,1998), a National Academies Committee Monograph "Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits" (NRC Press, 2002), and a forthcoming book on "Broadband Last Mile Technologies", to be published by Marcel Dekker. He is also the author of thirty five patents. Technologies created by Dr. Jayant's research and leadership span several aspects of audiovisual communications.

Dr. Jayant received his Ph.D. in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, in Bangalore, India. As part of this doctoral program, he was a research associate at Stanford University for one year prior to joining Bell Labs, Murray Hill, in 1968. Dr. Jayant has received several honors, including the IEEE Browder J. Thompson Memorial Prize Award (for the best IEEE publications by an author under thirty years of age, 1974), the IEEE Donald G. Find Prize Paper Award (for the best tutorial in an IEEE publication, 1995), and the Lucent Patent Recognition Award (1997). In 1998, he was inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame. Dr. Jayant was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE ASSP Magazine. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Most recently, Dr. Jayant served as the Chairperson of the National Academies Committee on Broadband Last Mile Technologies. In parallel, Dr. Jayant co-founded EGTechnology, an Atlanta-based startup company engaged in creating broadband platforms, with initial focus on software for advanced television. He is also the Founder and President of MediaFlow, a consulting company. He has served on the Advisory Board of NTT-DoCoMo (USA), and is currently a Scientific Advisor to the Singapore Institute for Infocomm Research.

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