Faculty Profile for Dr. Vishu Ramamoorthy Viswanathan

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Dr. Vishu Ramamoorthy Viswanathan
Professor — Ingram School of Engineering
Program Faculty — Ingram School of Engineering
RFM 5202
phone: (512) 245-1826

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering (Control and Communication), Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1972.
Master of Technology, Electrical Engineering (Control Systems), Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, 1968.
Bachelor of Engineering (Honors), Electrical Engineering, Madras University, India. 1966.
Special technical courses attended include: Speech Communication (MIT, 1973); Digital Signal Processing, Parts I and II (MIT, 1975), and Wavelets: Theory and Applications (TI, 1992).

• Elected in 1996 as Texas Instruments Fellow, a prestigious Technical Ladder position held by about 0.5% of technical personnel at TI, for “outstanding leadership and pioneering contributions in the area of speech processing with particular emphasis on speech coding, speech synthesis, and communications systems.”
• Elevated in January 2010 to IEEE Fellow for “contributions to speech coding and synthesis and objective speech quality evaluation.”
• Achieved numerous honors throughout academic career, including IBM Fellowship and Harding Bliss Award for Academic Excellence and Best Doctoral Thesis at Yale University and National Merit Scholarship in India during undergraduate studies.
• Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the US Department of Defense’s Digital Voice Processor Consortium for winning participation in the 2.4 kb/s Federal Standard competition, April 1997.

Research Interests

* Digital Speech Processing & Data Compression
* Voice and audio quality enhancement for hand-held devices and Voice over IP networks
* Voice input/output for natural interface to communication devices
* Digital signal processing applications

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Viswanathan, V. R., Forfang, W. B. D., Gonzalez, E., & McClellan, S. (2014). A VAD/VOX Algorithm for Amateur Radio Applications. International Journal on Advances in Telecommunications, 7.
  • Forfang, W., Gonzalez, E., McClellan, S. A., & Viswanathan, V. R. (2014). A VAD/VOX Algorithm for Amateur Radio Applications. Int. J. Adv. in Telecom., 7(1 & 2), 34 – 44.
  • Viswanathan, V. R., Yao, K., & Netsch, L. (2006). Speaker-Independent Name Recognition Using Improved Compensation and Acoustic Modeling Methods for Mobile Applications.
  • Viswanathan, V. R., & Stachurski, J. (2003). Hybrid MELP/CELP Coding at Bit Rates from 6.4 to 2.4 kb/s.
  • Viswanathan, V. R., Paksoy, E., & McCree, A. (2002). Speech Coding Standards in Mobile Communications. In A. Gatherer & E. Auslander (Eds.), The Application of Programmable DSPs in Mobile Communications. Wiley.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: IEEE Fellow. January 2010
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Highlighted in an article by my BBN manager and mentor Dr. John Makhoul. January 2006 - March 2006
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Certificate of Appreciation, US Department of Defense’s Digital Voice Processor Consortium. April 1997
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Texas Instruments Fellow. 1996
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Elected Member, Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society of North America). 1975

Selected Grants

  • Viswanathan, Vishu Ramamoorthy. TI internal product groups. (Funded: 1925). Grant.
  • Asiabanpour, Bahram (Principal), Aslan, Semih (Co-Principal), Jimenez, Jesus (Co-Principal), Salamy, H (Co-Principal), Kim, Yoo-Jae (Co-Principal), Ortiz, Araceli Martinez (Co-Principal), Viswanathan, Vishu Ramamoorthy (Co-Principal). REENERGIZE: Recruitment and retention of students in STEM programs through a renewable energy research and education partnership with five minority institutions, DOE MSEIP, Federal, $613822. (Funded: January 2015 - December 2017). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Set up a new scholarship called Ingram Graduate Scholarship
Graduate Council as the Ingram School’s
Program Coordinator and the Graduate Advisor for MS Engineering
TXS faculty visit to Freescale (FSL)
Graduate College Dean and her staff