Gene FrantzTI Principal Fellow, Futurist and Business Development Manager, DSP
I hope all of you had a very
Merry Christmas and look forward to a prosporous New Year. So far that
is what it has been for me. I began my new year bright and early last
week. I began the week at a Resort in Sedona, Arizona
(Enchantment Spa). It was tough duty as
it was the bi-annual DSP workshop sponsored by the IEEE Signal
society. It combines both theory and
education in its scope. But the great
part of the workshop is who attends. We
had many of the top researchers and educators in the world of signal
processing. For many of us it was a
family reunion. Even better, many of the
attendees brought their spouses making it more than just a boring
conference. An underlying theme seemed
to be the issue of getting more students in k-12 interested in math and
science. The end goal? To get more students prepared for an
Even the panel discussion
that I moderated couldn't stay on topic.
It was planned to be a discussion of whether or not DSP should be taught
in the university. (Yes, as usual, I
chose to make an unexpected topic controversial. I will do another Blog on my theory of Panel
Discussions.) But once the discussion
began to get good it moved to a discussion on how we get more women interested
in engineering. It became obvious that
this was a passionate topic to many in the workshop. A show of hands indicated that about a third
of the participants were actively working with K-12 to encourage students to
prepare themselves for the fun of engineering.
One comment that caught my
attention was the answer to a question posed to students about their smart
phones. The question was "who do you
think designed your phone"? The answer
was "scientists". No, "Engineers" was
the correct response. We really need to
do a better job on how we are viewed in the world around us.
Well enough for the first
half of my first week back to work. The
second half was spent at the CES in Las
usual, there were all sorts of new things to see. But the ones that caught my eye were the 3D
TVs. This year it was the focus of the
show. They showed great rendering 3D
content. But they also showed things
like 2d to 3D converters, 3D camcorders and 3D still cameras. Additionally there were 3D depth imagers
around to give jester control to the TV, add to the interactive experience of
games and even new ways to exercise at home.
I'll write a later Blog on my concern for all of this 3D stuff.
So, then, that was my first
work week of 2011. I don't know if I
want the rest of the year to be like it or if I want to just take a week or so
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