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November 24, 2014

Mtg: Signal Processing-Based Technology Entrepreneurship: Chips, Algorithms, and Startups

by @ 11:48 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

THURSDAY December 4, 2014
SCV Signal Processing Chapter
– funding, drivers, examples of startups …
Speaker: Prof. Andrew C. Singer, SPS Distinguished Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Time: Networking/Light Dinner at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none; Donation accepted for food.
Place: AMD Commons Theater, 991 Stewart Dr., Sunnyvale
RSVP: from website

Technology commercialization and entrepreneur-ship are synonymous with engineering in a wide array of contexts, from academic programs at universities, to funding initiatives at the National Science Foundation and discussion of the central role of engineering in the economic future of America by the National Engineering Forum.  In this talk, I will discuss the role of engineering entrepreneurship and technology commercialization as a key driver to our economy and as a tremendous source of interesting problems and opportunities for the signal processing community.  In the first half of the talk, I will draw on my experience as Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois over the last decade, and discuss the evolution of technology entrepreneurship as a central focus of engineering programs at Illinois and across the country.  In the second half of the talk, I will discuss how signal processing played a critical role in a number of startup companies, including my experience in two that emerged from my research group at Illinois.  These include an optical semiconductor company that was the first to employ DSP-enhanced receivers for 10Gbps optical communications, leading to the world’s fastest implementation of the Viterbi algorithm; and at the other end of the spectral extreme, an underwater acoustic communications company commercializing the first video-capable deep-sea wireless modems for the oil and gas industry.  These two companies were driven by signal processing solutions to some of the most challenging digital communications channels on the planet.


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