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Nikil S Jayant
Job title: 
Professor Emeritus
Technical Interest Groups: Telecommunications
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Cent 5114

Nikil Jayant grew up in Bangalore, India. He obtained his BSc in Physics and Mathematics from Mysore University and the BE and PhD degrees in Electrical Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science. As part of his doctoral program, he was a Research Associate at Stanford University.

During 1968-98, Nikil Jayant worked at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, as part of the Bell System, AT&T, and most recently, Lucent Technologies. Dr. Jayant began his Bell Labs Career as a Member of Technical Staff in the Acoustic Research Department and later served as the Supervisor of its Voice Coding Group. Subsequently he created and served as the Department Head for the Signal Processing Research Department and the Advanced Audio Technology Department. He later served as the first Director of the Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory and as Multimedia Director at Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Jayant was on the faculty of the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1998-2013. He was the Executive Director of the Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT), the Director of the Georgia Tech Broadband Institute (GTBI), and the Director of the Multimedia Communications Laboratory. He is also a co-founder of an ATDC company (acquired by Arris Corporation), EGT, and a VentureLab/ATDC company VQLink. Nikil Jayant's hobbies include table-tennis, classic cars and the theater.

Research interests: 
  • Signal Compression
  • Multimedia Communications
  • Wireless Systems
  • Broadband Access
  • Broadband Services: IPTV & Telepathology
  • IISc Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • IEEE Browder Thompson Paper Award
  • IEEE Donald Fink Paper Award
  • Fellow, IEEE
  • IEEE Millennium Medal
  • Chairman, National Academies Committee on Broadband Last-Mile
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
  • Lucent Patent Recognition Award
  • New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame

Jayant, N.S, (ed.), Broadband Last Mile Technologies, Marcel Dekker (to be published in 2004)

National Academies Commitee ( Chair: N.S. Jayant) , Broadband: Bringing Home The Bits, National Research Council Press. www.nap.edu, March 2003

N.S. Jayant (ed.), Signal Compression, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, 1997

Jayant, N. S., Johnston, J. D., and Safranek, R. J., Signal compression based on models of human perception, Proc. IEEE, pp.1385-1422, Oct. 1993. (IEEE Donald Fink Award)

Jayant, N. S. and Ramamoorthy, V., Predictive communication system filtering arrangement, US Patent No. 4,726,037, February 16, 1988

N.S.Jayant and P. Noll, Digital Coding of Waveforms--Principles and Applications to Speech and Video, Prentice Hall, 1984.

Jayant, N. S.(ed.) , Waveform Quantization and Coding, IEEE Press Reprint Book, 1976

Jayant, N. S., Digital coding of speech waveforms, Proc. of IEEE, pp. 611-632, May 1974, Invited Paper. (IEEE Browder Thompson Award)

Last revised February 1, 2023