Arun Netravali

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Arun N. Netravali (born 26 May 1946 in Mumbai, India) is an Indian-American computer engineer credited with major contributions in digital technology including HDTV. He conducted seminal research in digital compression, signal processing and other fields. Netravali was the ninth President of Bell Laboratories and has served as Lucent's Chief Technology Officer and Chief Network Architect. He received his undergraduate degree from IIT Bombay, India, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Rice University in Houston, Texas, all in electrical engineering. Several global universities have granted him honorary doctorates including the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Netravali led Bell Labs research and development of high definition television (HDTV) and is widely accepted as a pioneer of digital video technology. He is the author of over 170 technical papers, 70 patents, and three books in the areas of picture processing, digital television, and computer networks.

Dr. Netravali is a member the National Academy of Engineering, Tau Beta Phi and Sigma Xi. He is also an IEEE fellow. He has received numerous prestigious awards including the Padma Bhushan Award from the Indian government, the National Medal of Technology from President George W. Bush, the Computers & Communications Prize, the Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Kilby Medal, the IEEE Frederik Philips Award, and the National Association of Software and Services Companies in India Medal.

Prior to joining Bell Labs, Netravali was an adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at Bell Labs, he taught at City College of New York, Columbia University, and Rutgers University.

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Awards and honors[edit]

Netravali has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including

Selected writing[edit]

  • Arun N. Netravali and Barry G. Haskell, Digital Pictures: Representation, Compression and Standards (Applications of Communications Theory), Springer (second edition, 1995), ISBN 0-306-44917-X

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Awards
Preceded by
Paul Baran
IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal
1991
with C. Chapin Cutler and John O. Limb
Succeeded by
James Massey