IITM-IAR - Leadership Lecture Series - Dr. C.Sydney Burrus

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Prof. S Sampath Endowment Lecture -Innovation in Higher Education , is the title of the exclusive talk organised by the IITM's office of International and Alumni Affairs by Dr. C. Sydney Burrus, Maxfield and Oshman Professor Emeritus of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, RICE University, U S A C. Sidney Burrus received the PhD degree from Stanford University in 1965 after which he joined the faculty at Rice University where he is now Research Professor in ECE, Senior Strategist for Connexions, the Maxfield and Oshman Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Dean Emeritus of the George R. Brown School of Engineering. From 1972 to 1978 he was master of Lovett College and from 1984 to 1992 he was chairman of the ECE Department at Rice. From 1992 to 1998 he was director of the Computer and Information Technology Institute (CITI). From 1998 to 2005 he was dean of Engineering. He has been part of the Connexions Project since 1999. In 1975-76 and again in 1979-80 he was a Guest Professor at the University of Erlangen in Germany, and during the academic year 1989-90 he was a Visiting Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. Since 1976, Professor Burrus has had a hobby interest in algorithms to factor high degree polynomials. In 2000, he and three other colleagues formed the "Polynomial Club" which has meet randomly to discuss polynomial factorization. We have recently factored a four million degree polynomial with random coefficients on four processors of an AMD cluster. In addition to DSP research, Dr. Burrus has been interested in the use of technology to teach and facilitate learning. He and five colleagues at other universities have published a book of exercises using Matlab (from MathWorks) to teach DSP. He has been part of the Connexions Project since its founding in 1999 and is now its Senior Strategist.

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