Keynote, Plenary, and other Special Lectures


  • "Mad Max: Max Affine Spline Insights on Deep Learning," Advanced Communication Center (ACC) Workshop, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, March 2020


  • "Mad Max: Max Affine Spline Insights on Deep Learning," Advances in Data Science Theory, Methods, and Computation, Texas A&M University, September 2019
  • "Multiscale Deep Learning," Wavelets and Beyond -- A Celebration for Alexandre Grossmann and Yves Meyer, Orsay, France, June 2019
  • "Deep Inverse," NATO Science and Technology Organization Specialists Meeting, Salamanca, Spain, May 2019
  • "Machine Learning using Generative Models," Machine Learning in Solid Earth Geoscience, Santa Fe, March 2019


  • "Going Off the Deep End with Deep Learning," Miller Institute Interdisciplinary Symposium, UC-Berkeley
  • "Data Driven Computational Sensing," 15th Workshop on Optimization and Inverse Problems in Electromagnetism (OIPE), Innsbruck, Austria
  • "Going Off the Deep End with Deep Learning," Information Theory and Applications Workshop (ITA), San Diego


  • "Open Access Personalized Learning," Yidan Prize Summit, Hong Kong
  • "Sparse Signal Processing," Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Annual Meeting, Houston
  • "A Probabilistic Theory of Deep Learning," National Conference on Communications (NCC), Madras, India
  • "Cape Town+10 Keynote Panel," OpenEd Global, Cape Town, South Africa
  • "A Probabilistic Theory of Deep Learning," Coordinated Science Laboratory Student Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • "OpenStax: An Open Education Case Study," Education 20/20: Innovative Teaching and Learning at a Distance, University of Houston
  • "A Probabilistic Theory of Deep Learning," ExxonMobil Conference on Cognitive Computing, Houston
  • "Computational Nonsensing," Conference on Computational Imaging and Vision (CIV), KAUST, Saudi Arabia


  • "A Probabilistic Theory of Deep Learning," Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi-Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP), Cancun, Mexico
  • "Personalized Education," Xconomy Houston 2035
  • "Progress on Sparse Signal Processing," Sampling Theory and Applications (SampTA), Washington, DC
  • "Scaling Up Quality Education," Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference, Bryn Mawr College
  • "Open Education: Challenges and Opportunities in Signal Processing," IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Brisbane, Australia
  • "Compressive Nonsensing," Norbert Wiener Colloquium, Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park


  • "Open Education - A Disruptive Force in Education," UBTech, Las Vegas
  • "Sparse Signal Processing," Technion Computer Engineering (TCE) Center Conference,  Technion, Haifa, Israel
  • "Compressive Nonsensing," ATO SET-213 Specialist Meeting on Compressive Sensing for Radar/SAR and EO/IR Imaging, Tallinn, Estonia
  • "Open Source = Open to You: Online Publishing," 10th Annual Innovations in Health Science Education, Austin
  • "OpenStax College - Modern Textbooks," Panel on The Next Edition of Digital Textbooks and Courseware,  TransformingEDU Summit, Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas
  • "Keypoint Articulation Manifolds for Image Analysis in High Dimensions," French-German Conference on Mathematical Image Analysis, Paris, France


  • "Video Compressive Sensing," Matheon Workshop on Compressed Sensing and its Applications, Berlin
  • "Intellectual Infrastructure for Lifelong Learning," OKMD Knowledge Festival, Bangkok, Thailand
  • "Open E-Courses: New Ways to Develop and Share," 11th Seminar on E-Learning, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
  • "A Perfect Storm for Open Education," UW Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Education, Madison, WI
  • "Learning Near Isometric Linear Embeddings," SPARS Workshop, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • "Personalized Learning Systems - Worthy of the Hype?" SXSWedu, Austin, TX
  • "Video Compressive Sensing," BASP Frontiers Workshop, Switzerland


  • "Disruptive Innovation via Open Educational Resources," Distinguished Lecture, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University
  • "A Perfect Storm for Open Education," Telefonica TIC Forum, Santiago, Chile
  • "A Perfect Storm for Open Education," FLASH 2012 Annual Conference, Orlando
  • "Compressive Sensing: 8 Years After," 46th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, Pacific Grove, CA
  • "A Perfect Storm for Open Education," Frontiers of Engineering Education, National Academy of Engineering, Irvine, CA
  • "Optimization based Sparse Signal Recovery," 21st International Symposium on Mathematical Programming (ISMP 2012), Berlin, Germany
  • "Compressive Signal Processing," Center for Advanced Signal and Image Science (CASIS) Workshop, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • "Compressive Signal Processing," Mohammed Dahleh Distinguished Lecture, UCSB
  • "Open Education: A Disruptive Force in Education," California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE) Spring Conference, San Franciso


  • "Open Technology / Open Education," IASTED International Conference on Technology and Education (TE 2011), Dallas
  • "Open Source Education," Pearson Technology Summit, Denver
  • “Connexions: An Open Education Ecosystem,” National Council for Workforce Education and National Council for Continuing Education and Training joint summit on Growing the Workforce for a New American Economy, St. Louis
  • “Randomized Dimensionality Reduction and Compressive Sampling,” Padovani Lecture, Information Theory School, IEEE Information Theory Society, Austin
  • “Compressive Sensing and Signal Processing,” University of Delaware Distinguished Lecture Series
  • “The Past, Present, and Future of Open Education Resources: Implications for Campus Stores” Campus Market Expo (CAMEX), Houston
  • “Open Education: Past, Progress, and Challenges,” EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Conference,Washington, DC


  • “The Open Education Revolution,” Irish National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) and Learning Innovation Network (LIN) joint annual conference, Dublin
  • “Open Education: A New Avenue for Educational Innovation,” Romania Education Forum, Bucharest
  • “Open Education: Past, Present, and Future,” UNESCO Brazil OER Workshop, Brasilia


  • “The Open Education Revolution,” De Onderwijsdagen 2009 (Education Days), Utrecht, Netherlands
  • “The Open Education Revolution,” Brazilian Workshop on Challenges and Perspectives of Open Educational Resources, Sao Paulo
  • “From Open Education to Textbooks of the Future,” International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Bloomington
  • “Connexions: Building Communities and Sharing Knowledge,” Maryland Association of Boards of Education Annual Conference, Ocean City
  • “Open Education in the Western World,” The Guardian Activate Summit, London, UK
  • “Randomized Dimensionality Reduction: A New Framework for Signal Processing and Communications,” IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Seoul, Korea
  • “Open Education Unleashed,” Canadian eLearning Conference, Vancouver.
  • “Open Access Learning,” Canadian Learning Commons Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • “The Open Education Revolution,” Making Opportunity Affordable Opportunity Grant Program Academy, Denver
  • “Open Educational Resources: A Modern Approach to Teaching and Learning,” Republic of Poland Parliament Special Conference on Open Education, Warsaw
  • “The Emerging Economics of Open Access Education,” eTech Ohio, Columbus


  • “Compressive Sensing Theory and Applications,” IMA (UK) Conference on Mathematics of Signal Processing VIII, Cirencester, UK
  • “Exploiting Sparsity through Compressive Sampling,” Workshop on Sparsity and its Application to Large Inverse Problems, Robinson College, Cambridge University
  • “Open Access Textbooks,” Online Educa Berlin 2008, Berlin
  • “Open Access Education — Building Communities and Sharing Knowledge,” AACE E-Learn Conference, Las Vegas
  • “Open Access Education—Building Communities and Sharing Knowledge,” National School Boards Association Annual Meeting, Seattle
  • “The Open Education Movement: Transforming the Economics and Ecology of Education,” Distinguished Lecture Series of the Texas Language Technology Center (TLTC), University of Texas, Austin
  • “Open Access Education: Building Communities and Sharing Knowledge,” National Education Computing Conference, San Antonio
  • “Distributed Compressive Sensing,” Sensor, Signal, and Information Processing Workshop, Sedona
  • “Open Access Education: Building Communities and Sharing Knowledge,” Innovations in Online Learning Conference, Austin
  • “An Introduction to Compressive Sensing,” DARPA IPTO Retreat, Annapolis
  • “Compressive Sensing,Wavelets, and Sparsity,” SPIE Defense + Security (acceptance speech for SPIE Wavelet Pioneer Award), Orlando
  • “Connexions and Open Access Textbooks,” Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference, University of North Carolina
  • “Compressive Signal Processing,” 42nd Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Princeton
  • “The Open Access Textbook Revolution,” Independent College Bookstore Association Annual Meeting, Destin, FL
  • “A Single-Pixel Camera based on TI DLP Technology,” Keynote Demo at the Texas Instruments Developers Conference, Dallas (with Kevin Kelly)
  • “Connexions— Education for a Networked World,” The UP Experience, Houston
  • “Compressive Signal Processing,” IAM-PIMS-MITACS Distinguished Colloquium Series, UBC, Vancouver


  • “Compressive Sensing: A New Framework for Computational Data Acquisition,” CAMSAP (Computational Advances in Multi-Sensor Adaptive Processing, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
  • “Connexions and the Open Access Educational Publishing Revolution,” EdNET Conference, Chicago
  • “Compressive Imaging for Vision Applications,” National Instruments Vision Summit, Austin
  • “Compressive Detection and Estimation via Smashed Filtering,” AMS 2007 von Neumann Symposium on Sparse Representation and High-Dimensional Geometry, Snowbird
  • “Compressive Imaging,” International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) 61st Annual Conference, Denver
  • “Connexions – Building Sustainable, Global Educational Communities,” Innovations in Education for India, China, and America, Emory University, Atlanta
  • “Connexions: An Open-Access Education Case Study,” Educause Annual Meeting, Atlanta


  • “Connexions: Open Access Engineering Curricula,” ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • “Collaborative and Distributed Signal Processing in Sensor Networks,” IEEE Digital Signal Processing Workshop, Jackson Hole
  • “Multiscale Compressive Sensing of Image Ensembles,” EPFL Bernoulli Center Workshop onWavelets and Applications, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Connexions and the Open-Access Education Revolution,” TED – Technology, Entertainment, and Design, Monterey (1 million views as of May 2018)


  • “Connexions – Building Communities and Sharing Knowledge in Educational Leadership,” National Council of Professors of Educational Administration 59th Annual Conference, Washington, DC
  • “Open-Access Publishing in Education—Building Communities and Sharing Knowledge,” Maricopa Community Colleges Ocotillo Retreat, Phoenix
  • “COMPASS: A Multiscale Sensor Network Architecture for Distributed Data Processing,” IEEE Sensor, Signal and Information Processing Workshop, Tempe


  • “Connexions – Education for a Networked World,” IEEE Digital Signal Processing Workshop, Callaway Gardens


  • “Traitement des Images Multiechelle,” Symposium GRETSI ’01 sur le Traitement du Signal et des Images, Toulouse, France
  • “Connexions and Educational Leadership,” National Council of Professors of Educational Administration 55th Annual Conference, Houston
  • “Besov, Bayes, and Plato,” Nonlinear Estimation and ClassificationWorkshop, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), University of California-Berkeley


  • “Modern Time-Frequency Analysis,” Dynamics Days, Lyon, France
  • “Linear and Quadratic Time-Frequency Representations,” IEEE-SP International Symposium on Time-Frequency and Time-Scale Analysis, Paris, France