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Prof. Robert J. McEliece

Distinguished Lecturer Series - 10/2004

Are there Turbo-Codes on Mars?

Prof. Robert J. McEliece

Allen E. Puckett Professor and Professor of Electrical Engineering- CalTech

Robert J. McEliece ( M'70-SM'81-F'84) was born in Washington DC, in 1942. He received the B.S and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1964 and 1967, respectively, and attended Trinity College, Cambridge university, U.K, during 1964-1965.

From 1963 to 1978, he was employed by the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he was Supervisor of the Information's Processing Group from 1971 to 1978. From 1978 to 1982, he was a Professor of Mathematics and Research Professor at the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Since 1982, he has been on the faculty at Caltech, where he is now the Allen E.Puckett Professor of Electrical Engineering. since 1990, he has also served as Executive Officer for Electrical Engineering at Caltech. He has been a regular consultant
in the Communications Research Section of Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1978. His research interests include deep-space communications, communication networks, coding theory and discrete mathematics.

McEliece's group does research related to the reliable storage and transmission of information. The general goals are to develop theoretical performance analyses of existing and proposed storage/transmission systems, and to design new higher-performance systems. The tools needed to do this research are highly mathematical, and include probability, algebra, combinatorics, and information theory.

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