News | June 13, 2007

Digital Signal Processing Pioneer To Receive IEEE Jack S. Kilby Medal

Source: IEEE
Piscataway, NJ -- The IEEE has named Alan V. Oppenheim as the recipient of its 2007 Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal, recognizing his contributions in the field of digital signal processing (DSP) which have impacted a variety of scientific disciplines including speech coding and recognition, seismic signal processing, artificial intelligence, radar and sonar, communication systems and biomedical signal analysis.

Sponsored by Texas Instruments, Inc., the Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal recognizes Oppenheim for visionary leadership and exceptional contributions to the field of digital signal processing. It will be presented to Oppenheim on June 16, 2007 at the 2007 IEEE Honors Ceremony in Philadelphia, Pa.

Oppenheim, considered one of the "founding fathers" of DSP, is being honored for his research contributions to DSP and his leadership role in helping others to advance the field. His research has impacted virtually every area of DSP. His early work on homomorphic systems played a key role in many of the digital signal advancements that were to follow. He was a key originator and developer of the complex cepstrum, which found widespread use in speech and seismic processing and which remains, to this day, a foundation of speech coding systems.

Oppenheim helped define the concept of knowledge-based signal processing (KBSP), which highlights how DSP and artificial intelligence technologies are complementary and could be integrated to produce better overall systems. Many recent advancements in this field have origins that point back to Oppenheim's work in KBSP. More recently, he and his students broke new ground by publishing papers on signal processing algorithm inspired by quantum mechanics and by biology.

Oppenheim joined the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 1964, He is currently a principal investigator in MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics; Ford Professor of Engineering in the department of electrical engineering and computer science; and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow. He is also affiliated with MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

He is co-author of the widely used textbooks "Discrete-Time Signal Processing" and "Signals and Systems" and the editor of several advanced books on signal processing. Oppenheim has authored and co-authored numerous papers on DSP and has won many awards for his work in the field.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Oppenheim received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering, from MIT. He is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University, which was conferred upon him in 1995.