TLTC Lecture Series: The Open Education Movement

Richard G. Baraniuk

Richard G. Baraniuk's research interests lie in the areas of signal and image processing and include compressive sensing (compressed sensing), sensor networks, and pattern recognition and learning. Dr. Baraniuk received a NATO postdoctoral fellowship from NSERC in 1992. In 1999, Dr. Baraniuk launched Connexions, a non-profit publishing project that aims to bring textbooks and learning materials into the Internet Age. Connexions makes high-quality educational content available to anyone, anywhere, anytime for free on the web and at very low cost in print by inviting authors, educators, and learners worldwide to "create, rip, mix, and burn" textbooks, courses, and learning materials from its global open-access repository. Each month, Connexions' free educational materials are used by over 850,000 people from over 200 countries. Connexions is also the open-access content engine for the newly revived Rice University Press. His career apogee was probably opening for Peter Gabriel at TED 2006 (talk). His signal processing materials in Connexions have been viewed over 2.7 million times (as of May 2008). Since 2002, Connexions has been supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, NSF, Rice University, and several friends of Rice.

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