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The Dean W. Lytle Electrical Engineering Endowed Lecture Series

The Dean W. Lytle Electrical Engineering Endowed Lecture Series is the Department of Electrical Engineering's premiere annual event, featuring internationally renowned researchers in the field of communications and signal processing. Lectures are free and open to the public.

The Lytle Lecture provides an opportunity for the UW EE community of alums, students and friends to gather for an educational and social event. A reception, featuring hors d'oeuvres and wine/beer, will follow the Nov. 7 lecture. 

The 2016-2017 Dean W. Lytle Lecture Series Presents:
David Donoho, Stanford University

Please join the UW Department of Electrical Engineering as we welcome Professor David Donoho from Stanford University.

General Audience Presentation
Monday, Nov. 7, 3:30-4:30 pm
UW Campus, Paul G. Allen Center, CSE Atrium

Technical Colloquium
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m.
UW Campus, Electrical Engineering Building, Room 105

About the Talk:

Title: Compressed Sensing: From Theory to Practice


In the last decade, Compressed Sensing became an active research area, producing notable speedups in important practical applications. For example, Vasanawala, Lustig and co-workers at Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s hospital produced roughly 8X speedups using compressed sensing approaches in the aquisition time of Magnetic Resonance Images, and even larger speedups have been reported in other practical applications, such as Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy. Over the same period, theory in both applied mathematics and information theory developed extremely precise and insightful formulas. However, there are gaps between the two bodies of work, because the rules that practitioners must play by are not always the ones that theorists envision. In this talk, Professor Donoho will survey some recent developments, bringing theory and practice closer together, including multi-scale compressed sensing and cartesian product compressed sensing.

About Dean W. Lytle

The lecture series honors the late Professor Dean W. Lytle who began his career as an assistant professor in 1958 at the University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering. Professor Lytle's teaching and research was in communications, networks, probability and signal processing. He wrote two textbooks, Introduction to Random Processes, and with W.W. Harman, Electrical and Mechanical Networks. Professor Lytle’s consulting work included long-term and high-impact appointments at Boeing, Honeywell, and Bell Telephone.

The Lecture Series was made possible by a fundraising campaign led by Lytle’s PhD student, Dr. Louis Scharf (Class of '69). The lectures are a tribute to Lytle's 40-year career at UW and his cohort of friends and colleagues, who inspired and guided students with their teaching and mentoring.

Professor Dean Lytle received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1950 from the University of California, Berkeley. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1954 and 1957, respectively.

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