Bhaskar D.Rao


My research interests are in the areas of signal processing, estimation theory, and optimization theory, with applications to speech, communications, and human-computer interactions. Signal processing include both deterministic and statistical signal processing. In digital signal processing they include the areas of efficient signal representation methods (filter banks, wavelets, basis selection), sparse solutions to linear inverse problems with applications to signal recovery, and numerical analysis (finite precision effects, robust algorithms). In statistical signal processing, my interests are in the areas of spectrum estimation (high resolution model based methods), adaptive filtering,array processing (subspace based methods), and smart antennas for wireless communication. I also have a keen interest in speech processing, in particular modeling and quantization for low bit rate speech coding, robust speech recognition with emphasis on front-ends, and microphone array based signal acquisition.

Dr. Bhaskar Rao received his bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering in 1979. He received his M.S. degree in computer engineering and his Ph.D. in signal processing from the University of Southern California in 1981 and 1983 respectively. He joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego, in 1983 where he is currently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests are in the theory and applications of digital signal processing and estimation theory. His work in this area has encompassed several topics including adaptive signal processing, model-based spectrum estimation, finite wordlength effects, sensor array processing, systolic architectures for signal processing, speech signal processing and biomagnetic Imaging.

Bhaskar Rao's research has led to over 90 publications. He has been a member of the IEEE signal processing society's technical committee on Statistical Signal and Array Processing, has served on technical program committees for conferences, and has chaired sessions at ICASSP and Asilomar conferences. He is a senior member of IEEE.