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The Dean W. Lytle Electrical Engineering Endowed
Lecture Series

The Dean W. Lytle Electrical Engineering Endowed Lecture Series is the Electrical Engineering Department’s premiere annual event, featuring internationally renowned researchers in the field of communications and signal processing. The Lecture Series was made possible by a fundraising campaign led by Lytle’s PhD student, Dr. Louis Scharf (Class of '69). The lectures are a tribute to Lytle's 40-year career at UW and his cohort of friends and colleagues, who inspired and guided students with their teaching and mentoring.

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The 2014-2015 Dean W. Lytle Lecture Series:

Mobile Wireless Technology: Past, Present and Future

Revolutionizing high-speed wireless systems with the development of MIMO antennas, Professor (Emeritus) Arogyaswami Paulraj, Stanford University, presents:

Evolution of Mobile Air Interface Technology
For General Audience

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Road to 5G
Technical Colloquium
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Host: Dr. Louis Scharf, Research Professor, Department of Mathematics, Colorado State University.



Dr. Paulraj is an Emeritus Professor at Stanford University. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, in 1973. After 25 years with the Indian Navy, Paulraj joined Stanford University in 1992. He proposed the concept of spatial multiplexing/MIMO in 1992. MIMO technology is the key to today’s wireless broadband networks like 4G cellular and WiFi. Paulraj has received several recognitions including the 2011 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal and the 2014 Marconi Prize and Fellowship. He is a member of seven national academies including the US National Academy of Engineering.

About Dean W. Lytle

The lecture series honors the late Professor Dean W. Lytle who began his career as an assistant professor in 1958 at the University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering. Professor Lytle's teaching and research was in communications, networks, probability and signal processing. He wrote two textbooks, Introduction to Random Processes, and with W.W. Harman, Electrical and Mechanical Networks. Professor Lytle’s consulting work included long-term and high-impact appointments at Boeing, Honeywell, and Bell Telephone.

Professor Dean Lytle received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1950 from the University of California, Berkeley. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1954 and 1957, respectively.

Previous Lytle Lecturers


Stephen P. Boyd, Samsung Professor, Electrical Engineering, Stanford

Title (General Audience): The Science of Better: Embedded Optimization in Smart Systems.

Title (Colloquium): Convex Optimization: From Embedded Real-time to Large-Scale Distributed.

Abstract     Watch the Video (general talk)     Watch the Video (colloquium)



Alan S. Willsky, Edwin Sibley Webster Professor at MIT

Title (General Audience): Learning & Inference for Graphical & Hierarchical Models:
A Personal Journey

Title (Colloquium): Building a Career on the Kindness of Others

Abstract     Watch the Video (general talk)     Watch the Video (colloquium)




Ingrid Daubechies, James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics at Duke University

Title (General Audience): Can Image Analysis Detect the Hand of the Master? Wavelets and Applications to the Analysis of Art Paintings

Title (Colloquium):Quantifying the (dis)similarity Between Surfaces

Abstract      Watch the Video (general talk)        Watch the Video (colloquium)


Thomas Kailath, Hitachi America Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Stanford

Title (General Audience): Mathematical Engineering: Origins and Impact

Title (Colloquium): From Radiative Transfer Theory to Fast Algorithms for Cell Phones

Abstract      Watch the Video (colloquium)


Irwin Jacobs, Co-founder of Qualcomm

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

Abstract      Watch the Video


Vince Poor, Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences at Princeton University

Title (General Audience): Anytime, Anywhere: The Wireless Revolution

Title (Colloquium): Competition and Collaboration in Wireless Networks

Abstract      Watch the Video (colloquium)

Committee Members

Jenq-Neng Hwang (Committee Chair), Louis Scharf (Committee Co-Chair), Les Atlas (Committee Chair, 2007-2012), Bishnu Atal, Maryam Fazel, Jeff Bilmes, Pam Eisenheim and Brooke Fisher

Giving to the Lytle Lecture Fund

With the generous help of many donors including the Lytle family, alumni and friends Dean Lytle’s legacy will be celebrated for generations to come. Contributions to the Lytle Fund can be made online or by mail.

Online: Indicate “Lytle” in the keyword box at:

By Mail: Send check made to UW Foundation indicate “Lytle Lecture” in subject box and mail to: UW Foundation Gift Processing, Box 359505, Seattle WA 98195-9505

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