EECS Seminar: Srinivasa Ramanujan and Signal Processing

McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium
P.P. Vaidyanathan, Ph.D.

Kiyo and Eiko Tomiyasu Professor of Electrical Engineering
California Institute of Technology

Abstract: The great mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan introduced a summation in 1918, today called the Ramanujan-sum. For many years this summation was used by mathematicians to prove important results in number theory. In recent years, some researchers have found applications of this sum in digital signal processing, especially in identifying periodic components of signals buried in noise. In our recent work, we have generalized the Ramanujan-sum decomposition in several directions, and this has opened up some new theory as well as applications. Many beautiful properties are enjoyed by the new representations, thanks to the genius and vision of Ramanujan. In this lecture we briefly talk about Ramanujan as a person and give an overview of the new signal processing developments. Applications in signal denoising and in the study of DNA and protein sequences will be presented among others.

Bio: P.P. Vaidyanathan is the Kiyo and Eiko Tomiyasu Professor of Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology where he has been on the faculty since 1983. He served as department head from 2002-2005. He has authored more than 500 papers in the areas of digital signal processing and communications, and several of his papers have received prizes from the IEEE. He is the author/coauthor of four books and a Life Fellow of the IEEE. Some of his recognitions include the F. E. Terman Award of the American Society for Engineering Education, the IEEE CAS Society's Golden Jubilee Medal, and several awards for excellence in teaching at the California Institute of Technology, including the Northrop-Grumman prize for excellence in teaching. Vaidyanathan has also received the IEEE Signal Processing Society's Technical Achievement Award, Education Award and the “Society Award.” He received the IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award (an IEEE Technical Field Award) in 2016 for “Fundamental contributions to digital signal processing,” and the EURASIP Athanasios Papoulis award in 2021. He is a fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

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