Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
UC San Diego
Dr. Bhaskar Rao received his bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering in 1979. He received his M.S. degree in computer engineering and his Ph.D. in signal processing from the University of Southern California in 1981 and 1983 respectively. He joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego, in 1983 where he is currently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests are in the theory and applications of digital signal processing and estimation theory. His work in this area has encompassed several topics including adaptive signal processing, model-based spectrum estimation, finite wordlength effects, sensor array processing, systolic architectures for signal processing, speech signal processing and biomagnetic Imaging.
Professor Rao's interests are in the areas of digital signal processing, estimation theory, and optimization theory, with applications to digital communications, speech signal processing, and human-computer interactions. His research work has spanned several areas in signal processing including finite wordlength effects in digital filters, adaptive filtering, model-based spectral estimation, subspace-based direction of arrival estimation methods, speech compression and recognition and space-time processing. His current interests in speech processing are in the area of speech coding where his group is involved in developing efficient and low complexity vector quantization techniques, and in speech recognition where the research efforts are focused on developing robust speech recognition techniques, in particular robust front-ends. In digital communications, his research work is in the development of multiple antenna systems for improving the reliability and capacity of wireless networks. His group is also involved in the development of novel algorithms for computing sparse solutions to linear inverse problems which have many potential applications such as biomagnetic imaging, signal representation, etc
Bhaskar Rao's research has led to over 90 publications. He has been a member of the IEEE signal processing society's technical committee on Statistical Signal and Array Processing has served on technical program committees for conferences and has chaired sessions at ICASSP and Asilomar conferences. He is a senior member of IEEE.