Baraniuk named National Academy of Inventors fellow

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2016/12/1219_BARANIUK-1-web-2g36vop.jpgRich Baraniuk (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line.  Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 ShareEditor’s note: A link to high-resolution image for download appears at the end of this release. David [email protected] [email protected] named National Academy of Inventors fellow HOUSTON – (Dec. 13, 2016) – Richard Baraniuk, Rice University’s Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.  He is one of 175 academic inventors named this year, and is now among 757 fellows representing 229 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes.According to the organization, its fellows have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation to create or facilitate inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Combined, they are named inventors on more than 26,000 U.S. patents.Baraniuk is an early contributor to the field of compressive sensing, which enables new kinds of digital cameras and medical imaging devices. Recently, he and his colleagues introduced the FlatCam, a thin, lens-less camera platform that may enable flexible, foldable, wearable and even disposable cameras. Earlier, Baraniuk was co-inventor of the single-pixel camera that, unlike cameras with millions of picture elements (pixels), used one pixel and compressive sensing to gather light into a coherent image.He is also a pioneer in education. He founded Rice-based Connexions in 1999 to bring textbooks and other learning materials to the Internet. From that effort came OpenStax, which provides high-quality, peer-reviewed, college-level textbooks to students worldwide, either as free downloads or low-cost printed publications. More than 1.5 million college students have used OpenStax’ 25 textbooks, which will save them an estimated $70 million this academic year alone. Through OpenStax, Baraniuk is developing a software platform for textbooks that deliver personalized lessons.This year’s fellows will be inducted next April at the academy’s annual conference in Boston.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Richard G. Baraniuk web site: http://web.ece.rice.edu/richb/Image for download: AddThislast_img read more

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