Channels ▼
RSS

Parallel

Viterbi Research Now Available Online



Communications pioneer Andrew J. Viterbi has made the archives of his research available online, thanks to a partnership between the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering and USC Libraries

The collection consists of more than 35,000 documents, and includes Viterbi's patents, scientific publications, and unpublished research notes, as well as private letters, family photos and multimedia. The physical materials are held in the USC Libraries' special collections as part of the University Archives.

Viterbi's research led to the development of cell phone networks. A recipient of the 2007 National Medal of Science, he was also a finalist for the 2008 Millennium Technology Prize.

Among his discoveries is the Viterbi Algorithm, the mathematical underpinning for mobile technologies. Used in every major global cellular-phone standard, it maximizes the transmission rate for digital information while keeping distortion to a minimum. Viterbi also helped to invent the spread-spectrum cell-phone standard Code Division Multiple Access or CDMA.

Viterbi's research has also contributed to reducing noise in mp3 players, preventing the degradation of digital data, and improving the image quality for deep space telescopes.

According to Viterbi "the age of the Internet and of the search engine has opened every private citizen to universal scrutiny. The act of revealing to the world one's past experiences in minute detail, which may have seemed both daring and presumptuous in the pre-Internet era, is now merely a recognition of this obvious truth."


Related Reading


More Insights






Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

 
Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.
 

Video