The Death and Possible Rebirth of DSP

IEEE CTN Issue: April 2017

Recently my team was looking for some contract labor to write some really tight DSP (that's Digital Signal Processor which we shall call DSPors going forward) code. Trouble is there are few people left that are able do this kind of work and it got me thinking about how DSP (that's Digital Signal Processing which we shall call DSPing from now on) is evolving and whether the new generation of communication engineers will be up to the challenge. I turned to Will Strauss, the famous tracker of all things DSP and he suggested I talk to a mutual friend, Gene Frantz who, if not quite the father of DSP, certainly did a lot of babysitting and diaper changing in his role at Texas Instruments (remember Speak and Spell? Yup, that was him). Gene became the only Principal Fellow at TI for a while and is now a Professor at Rice University. So well qualified to the challenge. Anyway, this is what we came up with. Comments welcome as always.

Will Communications Theory Finally Make Itself Redundant? A View from the Academic Trenches

IEEE CTN Issue: March 2017

This month we bring you a view from the front line of communications theory education on the future of our profession. Petar gives us an insightful, personal view of the future as we head towards connecting everything. Is the job nearly done? Will our profession become a shell of its former self? And how do we rejuvenate our field of study? I’m sure everyone will have an opinion. Feel free to share.

Running Faster than Nyquist: An Idea Whose Time May Have Come

IEEE CTN Issue: February 2017

This month's story is about a fascinating idea that refused to die from the dawn of communications theory and that has recently come back due to shifting implementation constraints and the introduction of new complementary technologies. Like LDPC this topic was touched by some of the greats in our field who picked at it but then moved on. Always hanging in there over the decades it seems its time may have finally come. As Jack Sparrow might say, it turns out that Nyquist's limit is more of a guideline than a rule. I personally have been fascinated by this little fact for a long time and it is great to see it so beautifully summarized by Angelos and Costas. Comments most welcome as always.

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