Baraniuk at the SPARC 2014 conference
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign ('92)|
University of Wisconsin-Madison ('88)
University of Manitoba ('87)
|Known for||Wavelet theory, Compressive sensing, Machine learning, Open educational resources|
University of Illinois ECE Young Alumni Achievement Award (2000)
|Fields||Electrical engineer, Mathematician|
|Doctoral advisor||Douglas L. Jones|
|Other academic advisors||Patrick Flandrin (postdoc)|
Richard G. Baraniuk is the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University and the Founder and Director of the open education initiatives OpenStax and Connexions.
Dr. Baraniuk received a B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba in 1987 and a M.Sc. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992 under the supervision of Douglas L. Jones. After spending 1992-1993 at École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France, he joined Rice University.
Baraniuk has been active in the development of digital signal processing, image processing, and machine learning systems, with numerous contributions to the theory of wavelets and compressive sensing. His work with Kevin Kelly on the Rice "single-pixel camera" applied the ideas of compressive sensing to design a novel imaging system that was selected by MIT Technology Review as a TR10 Top 10 Emerging Technology in 2007.
Baraniuk is a co-founder of InView Technology Corporation, which is commercializing Baraniuk’ s single-pixel camera research.
Open education, Connexions, and OpenStax
Baraniuk is one of the founders of the Open Education movement. In 1999, Baraniuk launched Connexions, one of the first initiatives to offer free, open source textbooks via the web. Connexions continues to be one of the largest and most used open education platforms worldwide.
Baraniuk's own textbook, "Signals and Systems," has generated 6 million page views including a very popular translation into Spanish. Connexions provides the digital publishing platform for OpenStax College, a free and open library of college textbooks. He has been an active advocate and popularizer of open education and was also one of the framers of the Cape Town Open Education Declaration.
Awards and honors
Baraniuk has received numerous awards, including a NATO postdoctoral fellowship from NSERC in 1992, the National Young Investigator award from the National Science Foundation in 1994, a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research in 1995, the Rosenbaum Fellowship from the Isaac Newton Institute of Cambridge University in 1998, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign ECE Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2000, and the Wavelet Pioneer Award from SPIE in 2008. He also received the 2012 Compressive Sampling Pioneer award from SPIE for his work on compressive sensing and the 2014 Technical Achievement Award from IEEE Signal Processing Society. He was selected as a DOD Vannevar Bush Fellow (formerly National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow) in 2017.
Connexions received the Tech Museum Laureate Award from the Tech Museum of Innovation in 2006, and Baraniuk was selected as one of Edutopia Magazine's Daring Dozen educators in 2007. In 2008, Baraniuk received the Internet Pioneer Award from Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and in 2010 he received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Education Award. In 2011 he received the WISE Education Award from the Qatar Foundation. In 2015 he was awarded the IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal.
Baraniuk was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2001, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2016, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.
- Richard G. Baraniuk at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
- TR10: Digital Imaging, Reimagined, Technology Review, 2007.
- Photography, The Economist, 2006.
- Tiny Mirrors, And Just One Pixel, Business Week, 2006.
- Digital cameras: Pixel power, Nature, 2007.
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- Don’t Buy That Textbook, Download It Free, New York Times, 2008.
- "Free Textbooks Shaking Up Higher Education," TIME Magazine, 10 August 2012.
- Bringing open resources to textbooks and teaching, San Francisco Chronicle, 2008.
- NSF Awards Help Nurture Creativity in Research, Rice News, 1995.
- Professors Receive Sloan, Rosenbaum Fellowships, Rice News, 1998.
- "Department of Defense Announces FY17 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows". U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
- Richard G. Baraniuk: Offering Free Textbooks on the Lego Plan, 2007.
- Educators, Activists, Entrepreneurs, and Lawyers Win Berkman Awards for Internet Innovation, 2008.
- IEEE Signal Processing Society - Education Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2010.
- Rice's Baraniuk wins WISE award from Qatar Foundation Engineering professor recognized for pioneering open-education via Connexions, Rice News, 2011.
- AAAS Members Elected as Fellows, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009.
- "Baraniuk named National Academy of Inventors fellow". news.rice.edu. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
- "Newly Elected Fellows". www.amacad.org. Retrieved 2017-04-13.