As part of its ongoing commitment to support innovative digital signal processing (DSP) activities and collaborative research at elite electrical engineering programs, Texas Instruments (TI) has announced a three-year, $1 million donation to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for Professor Alan V. Oppenheim.
Professor Oppenheim, Ford Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, leads the Digital Signal Processing Group of the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at MIT. This gift is part of a larger donation of $3 million to members of TI’s DSP Leadership University program, which includes the Georgia Institute of Technology, Rice University, and MIT.
The objective of TI’s DSP Leadership University program is to foster substantive collaboration among the three institutions and TI, and in turn, to drive innovations and promote advances in signal processing technology. TI has long been a strong supporter of research and education in universities. In addition to the Leadership University program, TI also funds the DSP University Program, which TI established to facilitate the inclusion of leading edge semiconductor technology into engineering research and course curricula.
Professor Oppenheim will leverage TI’s generous support into a variety of collaborative DSP-related activities and research initiatives at MIT focused on the advancement of DSP science and technology.
“TI’s DSP Leadership University program is a perfect example of how collaborative relationships between universities and public companies should work,” said Professor Oppenheim. “Industry researchers from TI bring tremendous expertise and experience in digital signal processing, and add a new dimension to the educational experience for those universities involved in the DSP Leadership University program. At the same time, the university environment is well suited to explore new ideas and directions in uninhibited and unconstrained ways. MIT’s participation allows us to pursue many new fundamental directions for signal processing algorithms, such as our recent work with distributed signal processing, algorithms inspired by quantum mechanics and chaos theory, and various new approaches to wireless communications.”
The three leading DSP-focused universities were selected in 1999 as inaugural members of this program for university and industry collaboration in research. In addition to receiving a new donation of $1 million to support DSP educational and research activities over three years, each institution will benefit from TI’s insight into market needs and from interaction with each other.
“This concept is an invaluable resource to TI and one that gives us true insight into the genius of tomorrow. Not only do we see unique inter-university collaboration, but we have access to leading research from the three schools and accelerated progress in DSP development,” said Mr. Torrence Robinson, TI’s DSP University Program Manager.
Texas Instruments, Incorporated is a world leader in digital signal processing and analog technologies. The company’s businesses also include sensors and controls, and educational and productivity solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a coeducational, privately endowed research university. It is dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.