Charles Sidney Burrus to Receive IEEE Medal

Jun 16, 2009 4:22 PM


Education Guide

Mix is gearing up to present its longstanding annual Audio Education Guide in its November 2014 issue. Want to have your school listed in the directory, or do you need to update your current directory listing? Add an image, program description, or a logo to your listing! Get your school in the Mix Education Guide 2014.

IEEE, the world’s largest association of technical professionals, will honor Charles Sidney Burrus with the 2009 IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal. Burrus is a researcher who has made significant and lasting contributions to signal processing through both scholarly and fundamental research, as well as through educational leadership.

The medal, sponsored by Texas Instruments Inc., recognizes Burrus for contributions to Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) algorithms, digital filter design and signal processing education. IEEE will present the medal on June 25, 2009 at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in Los Angeles. For the first time, the IEEE Honors Ceremony will be broadcast live on the Web through

Digital signal processing (DSP) makes possible many of today’s high-tech applications, such as audio and video compression, image processing, speech recognition and computer-generated effects in movies, and is at the heart of devices like compact discs, digital versatile disks, cellular phones, MP3 players and hearing aids. DSP involves mathematically converting analog signals to numbers or symbols before processing and improving the signals, and it is accomplished through algorithms for filtering and analysis such as the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT).

Considered one of only a handful of researchers who helped build the foundations of DSP, Burrus recognized the promise of the technology in the 1960s, making important contributions to digital filtering and FFTs. He is known for the ability to extend and explain difficult concepts in simple language and has accomplished this through many papers and books and as an educator at one of the leading institutions in the field of signal processing.

An innovator of algorithms for Fourier and wavelet analysis of signals, Burrus generalized the Cooley-Tukey algorithm, one of the most common FFTs, as well as prime factor algorithms, which are the preferred method for implementing FFTs of lengths other than powers of two, using index mapping to explain the ideas behind the algorithms. His original work on methods, to automatically generate code, has been the basis for subsequent developments in Fourier transform computation. His recent work on using FFTs to factor very high-order polynomials has been recognized as an alternative for phase unwrapping and determining the complex cepstrum of long data sequences, which can used for analyzing radar signals or voice detection, among other applications.

Burrus also has made many contributions to the theory and design of digital filters, including introducing the first direct design method for infinite impulse response digital filters in 1970, which is still in use today. Burrus also improved upon the Parks-McClellan algorithm for finite impulse filter design, which was limited to small filter lengths, by developing a filter able to handle the very long lengths required by modern applications.

As a leader in signal processing education, Burrus helped build Rice University’s reputation as a leading institution in the field. Considered an outstanding teacher his entire career, Burrus has received Rice’s highest teaching award five times. He continues to play a key role in the “Connexions” project, which is a Web-based open-source textbook initiative for peer review and sharing of signal processing educational materials.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Burrus has won many awards, including the IEEE Signal Processing Pioneer Award (1998), the IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000) and the Wavelet Pioneer Award (2006). He has published five textbooks and more than 200 conference and journal papers. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and his doctorate from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. He is currently the Maxfield and Oshman Professor Emeritus of Engineering at the George R. Brown School of Engineering of Rice University, where he has worked since 1965.

For more information, visit

Acceptable Use Policy
blog comments powered by Disqus

Mix Books

Modern Recording and Mixing

This 2-DVD set will show you how the best in the music industry set up a studio to make world-class records. Regardless of what gear you are using, the information you'll find here will allow you to take advantage of decades of expert knowledge. Order now $39.95

Mastering Cubase 4

Electronic Musician magazine and Thomson Course Technology PTR have joined forces again to create the second volume in their Personal Studio Series, Mastering Steinberg's Cubase(tm). Edited and produced by the staff of Electronic Musician, this special issue is not only a must-read for users of Cubase(tm) software, but it also delivers essential information for anyone recording/producing music in a personal-studio. Order now $12.95



Delivered straight to your inbox every other week, MixLine takes you straight into the studio, with new product announcements, industry news, upcoming events, recent recording/post projects and much more. Click here to read the latest edition; sign up here.

MixLine Live

Delivered straight to your inbox every other week, MixLine Live takes you on the road with today's hottest tours, new sound reinforcement professional products, recent installs, industry news and much more. Click here to read the latest edition; sign up here.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

The Wire, a virtual press conference offering postings of the latest gear and music news, direct from the source. Visit the The Wire for the latest press postings.