Thomas Kailath

Stanford University Recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor and the Guggenheim FellowshipFellow of the IEEE, Member of the NAS, AAS, and the Royal Society of London

Lecture Information:
  • April 24, 2015
  • 2:00 PM
  • ECS: 241

Speaker Bio

Professor Kailath is a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Member of National Academy of Engineering, Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member of the European Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering. Professor Thomas Kailath obtained a M.S. (1959) and Sc.D. (1961) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After a year at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, he joined Stanford University in 1963 as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, was promoted to Professor in 1968, and named to the Hitachi America Chair in 1988. He assumed Emeritus status in June 2001. His research has ranged over several fields of engineering and mathematics, including information theory, communications, linear systems, estimation and control, signal processing, semiconductor manufacturing, probability and statistics, matrix and operator theory. He has mentored over a hundred doctoral and postdoctoral students. Their joint efforts have led to over 300 journal papers, several of which have received outstanding paper prizes; they have also led to a dozen patents and to several books and monographs. He has also co-founded and served as a director of several private and public high-technology companies. In 2006, he was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. Other major honors include several IEEE medals and prizes, including the 2007 Medal of Honor, Guggenheim and Churchill Fellowships, and honorary degrees from universities in Sweden, Scotland, Spain and France. His latest major honors are the Padma Bhushan, IndiaÌ¢‰â‰ã¢s third highest civilian award presented by the President of India in April 2009; Foreign Membership of the Royal Society (London) in July 2009; the Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences in November 2009 and the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge award in Information and Communication Technologies in June 2010.



This talk covers Mathematical modeling and engineering aspects of Computational and Communication Sciences. The talk will explore the origins and impact of discoveries for the last five decades.