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Evidence of OpenStax’ Disruptive Impact on Textbook Prices

Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute posits that the long-term trend of rapidly increasing textbook prices might have finally been disrupted by market competition, partly by new textbook alternatives like OpenStax. His bottom line: “I think we can expect continued … Continue reading

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Siemens Licenses Rice Compressive Sensing Tech to Enhance MRI Scans

Patients who have to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan may be spared the ordeal of having to lie still in the scanner for up to 45 minutes, thanks to new compressive sensing technology developed in the groups of Rice ECE faculty Richard … Continue reading

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OpenStax Tutor Beta Launch

Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax, which is already changing the economics of higher education by providing free textbooks to more than 1 million college students per year, today launched a low-cost, personalized learning system called OpenStax Tutor Beta that analyzes how students … Continue reading

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Open Postdoc Positions @ Rice

I am actively recruiting to fill two open postdoc positions for research in machine learning theory and methods, computational sensing/imaging, and sparse signal processing.  The Rice DSP and Machine Learning groups offer an energizing environment for research; 25 recent postdocs … Continue reading

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American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Rice University professor and engineer Richard Baraniuk has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is one of 228 new members announced today by the academy, which honors some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, … Continue reading

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Vannevar Bush Fellowship (NSSEFF)

Richard Baraniuk is one of 13 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows announced today by the U.S. Defense Department.  The fellows program provides extensive, long-term financial support for distinguished university scientists and engineers to pursue “blue sky” basic research that could produce revolutionary new technologies.  The program … Continue reading

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National Academy of Inventors

Richard Baraniuk, Rice University’s Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.  He is one of 175 academic inventors named this year, and is now among 757 fellows … Continue reading

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Compressive Sensing Now a Reality for Medical Imaging

Siemens and GE are rolling out compressive sensing (CS) based mangetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners featuring radically improved scan time. Read more about Siemens’ FDA clearance here and the technical details of their approach here. Read more about the technical details of … Continue reading

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National Educational Technology Plan for Higher Ed

The National Educational Technology Plan for Higher Ed has been published by the US Department of Education.  The document is an outgrowth of the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP), which presents a shared vision and call to action for transformational … Continue reading

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State-of-the-Art in Semi-Supervised Learning

Finally, a deep convolutional network that doesn’t require much “hand-holding” in the form of training examples. Using the deep rendering mixture model, the network largely teaches itself how to distinguish handwritten digits using the MNIST dataset of 10,000 hand written … Continue reading

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