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Lytle Lecture Series

The Dean W. Lytle Electrical & Computer Engineering Endowed Lecture Series is the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering’s premier annual event, featuring internationally renowned researchers in the field of communications, signal processing, control systems and machine learning. Lectures are free and open to the public.


Muriel Médard

Muriel Médard

Cecil H. and Ida Green Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department at MIT

Muriel Médard Abstracts and Bio

Monday, October 18, 2021

Lytle Lecture:

Deviation from the standard — toward opening up 5G telecommunications

12–1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Technical Seminar:

Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding (GRAND)

2–3 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Previous Lectures


Scott AaronsonProfessor, University of Texas at Austin; Director, Quantum Information Center at UT Austin

Lytle Lecture:

Thursday, Nov. 19, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m: “Quantum Computational Supremacy and Its Applications”

Quantum Panel:

Kai-Mei Fu (UW ECE and UW Physics professor, UW QuantumX) and industry experts Brent VanDevender, (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), David Bacon, (IonQ), and Krysta Svore (Microsoft).

Thursday, Nov. 19, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m: “Panel Discussion on Quantum Computing Research”


Stéphane Mallat Applied Mathematician, Distinguished Research Scientist, Collège de France, Paris; Flatiron Institute, New York

Colloquium Series Lecture:

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., ECE 105: “Interpretable Deep Networks for Classification, Generation and Physics

Lytle Lecture:

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (doors open at 3:00 p.m.), Paul G. Allen Center Atrium: “Mathematical Mysteries of Deep Neural Networks


Claire Tomlin

Claire Tomlin Charles A. Desoer Chair in the College of Engineering, professor in electrical engineering and computer science, University of California Berkeley.

Monday, Nov. 5, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., HUB Lyceum: “Safe learning in robotics”
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., EEB 105: “Towards real-time reachability”

Safe Learning in Robotics

Towards Real-Time Reachability


Robert W. Heath Jr.Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas, Austin

Millimeter Wave Communication: From Origins to Disruptive Applications

Millimeter Wave communication using out-of-band information


David DonohoAnne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Humanities and Sciences; Professor of Statistics, Stanford University

Compressed Sensing: From Theory to Practice

High-dimensional statistics in light of the spiked covariance model


David TseProfessor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

The Science of Information: From Pushing Bits Over the Air to Assembling World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzles

Haplotype Phasing, Convolutional Codes and Community Detection


Arogyaswami PaulrajEmeritus Professor, Stanford University

Evolution of Mobile Air Interface Technology

Road to 5G


Stephen P. BoydSamsung Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

The Science of Better: Embedded Optimization in Smart Systems

Convex Optimization: From Embedded Real-time to Large-Scale Distributed


Alan S. WillskyEdwin Sibley Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Building a Career on the Kindness of Others

Learning & Inference for Graphical & Hierarchical Models: A Personal Journey


Ingrid DaubechiesJames B. Duke Professor of Mathematics, Duke University

Can Image Analysis Detect the Hand of the Master? Wavelets and Applications to the Analysis of Art Paintings

Quantifying the (dis)similarity Between Surfaces


Thomas KailathHitachi America Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, Stanford University

From Radiative Transfer Theory to Fast Algorithms for Cell Phones | Technical Colloquium


Irwin JacobsCo-founder, Qualcomm

From Cell Phones to Smart Phones to Smart Books — An Exciting Journey


Vince Poor

Vince PoorDean of the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences at Princeton University

Competition and Collaboration in Wireless Networks