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Multiresolution Signal Processing In Digital Cinema

By: 
Daryoush H. Razi, PhD

This past Star Wars Day (May the Fourth), fans had reason to celebrate. The new prequel, Solo: A Star Wars Story, was less than a week away from release, and more broadly, the entire franchise is undergoing a renaissance with new films more faithful in style and storyline to the beloved original trilogy. But beyond the actors and writers, Star Wars fans should be thanking the technology that makes such films possible: signal processing.

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How Are Signal Processing Engineers Vital to Digital Assistants?

Technologies that at first seem like magic soon become so commonplace that we no longer even think about how amazing they are – or wonder how they operate. Our digital home assistants – Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home and their emerging rivals – have been with us long enough that we take for granted they can understand our unique voices, commands and questions, even with other noise occurring around them.

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The Dangers of Autonomous Driving Technology

By: 
Fatih Porikli

Will autonomous vehicles kill people? The answer is almost certainly yes. But, human drivers kill people too. In 2016 the U.S. had 37,461 deaths in 34,436 human-operated motor vehicle crashes, a staggering average of 102 per day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. An additional 2,350,000 are injured or disabled. These figures are alarming, but there’s a solution on the horizon.

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4 Ways Signal Processing is Impacting You Right Now

So much of our daily lives are powered by signal processing technologies. They go unnoticed mostly because that’s the purpose – to help our lives run more seamlessly, with little to no impact. For example, you’re probably reading this blog on your computer. Guess what? Signal processing is responsible for your computer’s ability to store data and run smoothly.

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Signal Processing’s Impact on Wearable Technology in Healthcare Monitoring

By: 
Dr. Rahul Kher

Wearable sensor technology has improved substantially in recent years – and the personalized healthcare movement is reaping the benefits. Specifically, advancements in miniaturization, smart materials, low-power consumption and ruggedness have transformed ubiquitous monitoring.

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Automation is Coming to Research

By: 
Dr. Pavel Loskot, Senior Lecturer, Swansea University

The rapid advancement and proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the past two decades significantly impacted how we do research. For instance, our research increasingly relies on growing computing power and storage capacity to gather and process the constant production of data - our observations of systems and phenomena we would like to understand, control, and improve.

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How Power Systems Authenticate Digital Recordings

By: 
A.V. Subramanyam

Digital media, particularly audio, plays a prominent role in crime investigation whether it relates to someone admitting to a crime or exposing illegal dealings between multiple parties. Yet, society is quick to dismiss potential evidence from mainstream media, social media and other platforms. 

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Machines are Watching the News and Signal Processing is at the Helm

By: 
Anca Popescu

In 2008, United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago severely damaged Dave Carroll’s Taylor guitar worth $3,500. After nine months of unsuccessful pleas for compensation, Carroll wrote the song "United Breaks Guitars” – a YouTube hit with more than 17 million views. Four weeks later, the airline’s stock fell about 10 percent for a loss of $180 million.

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New Quality-Of-Experience Measurement Technologies: Streamlining How Videos Are Delivered To Consumers

By: 
Zhou Wang

Video distribution services have been growing exponentially in the past decade. Cisco Visual Network Index Report predicts that globally, IP video traffic will be 82 percent of all consumer Internet traffic by 2020, up from 70 percent in 2015. 

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How Signal Processing Supports Multibiometric Systems and Makes them More Secure

By: 
Rohitkumar Thanki

When you first hear the word “biometric,” it’s likely you make the connection to human beings. By definition, biometric means “life to measure.” There are many types of biometric characteristics, such as fingerprints, faces, eyes, speech and palmprints. Commonly used for individual recognition and authentication, these biometric characteristics comprise the biometric system.

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