UCSB Engineering

Lawrence Rabiner


Electrical & Computer Engineering

Lawrence Rabiner


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9560

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Communications, Control, and Signal Processing: Digital signal processing; Digital speech processing; Multimedia communications; Multimodal processing (fusion of sound, vision, tactile inputs); Shared reality systems Lawrence Rabiner was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 28, 1943. He received the S.B., and S.M. degrees simultaneously in June 1964, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in June 1967, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge Massachusetts. From 1962 through 1964, Dr. Rabiner participated in the cooperative program in Electrical Engineering at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Whippany and Murray Hill, New Jersey. During this period Dr. Rabiner worked on designing digital circuitry, issues in military communications problems, and problems in binaural hearing. Dr. Rabiner joined AT&T Bell Labs in 1967 as a Member of the Technical Staff. He was promoted to Supervisor in 1972, Department Head in 1985, Director in 1990, and Functional Vice President in 1995. He joined the newly created AT&T Labs in 1996 as Director of the Speech and Image Processing Services Research Lab, and was promoted to Vice President of Research in 1998 where he managed a broad research program in communications, computing, and information sciences technologies. Dr. Rabiner retired from AT&T at the end of March 2002 and is now a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University, and the Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Information Processing (CAIP) at Rutgers. Dr. Rabiner is co-author of the books “Theory and Application of Digital Signal Processing” (Prentice-Hall, 1975), “Digital Processing of Speech Signals” (Prentice-Hall, 1978), “Multirate Digital Signal Processing” (Prentice-Hall, 1983), and “Fundamentals of Speech Recognition” (Prentice-Hall, 1993). Dr. Rabiner is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, the IEEE, Bell Laboratories, and AT&T. He is a former President of the IEEE Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing Society, a former Vice-President of the Acoustical Society of America, a former editor of the ASSP Transactions, and a former member of the IEEE Proceedings Editorial Board.


  • IEEE Kilby Medal, 1999
  • IEEE Millenium Medal, 1999
  • National Academy of Sciences, 1990
  • National Academy of Engineering, 1983

Selected Publications

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  • Leadership--Some Random Thoughts, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2004, 16-20, L. R. Rabiner, web link
  • The Chirp z-Transform Algorithm--A Lesson in Serendipity, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2004, 118-119, L. R. Rabiner, web link
  • The Power of Speech, Science, Vol. 301, 2003, 1494-1495, L. R. Rabiner, web link
  • Speech and Language Processing for Next-Millennium Communications Services, Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 88, No. 8, 2000, 1314-1337, R. V. Cox, C. A. Kamm, L. R. Rabiner, J. Schroeter, and J. G. Wilpon, web link
  • Speech Recognition In Machines, The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences, 1999, L. R. Rabiner, web link
  • Image and Video Coding-Emerging Standards and Beyond, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, Vol. 8, No. 7, 1998, 814-837, B. G. Haskell, P. G. Howard, Y. A. LeCun, A. Puri, J. Ostermann, M.R. Civanlar, L. R. Rabiner, L. Bottou, and P. Haffner, web link
  • On the Applications of Multimedia Processing to Communications, IEEE Proceeding, Vol. 86, No. 5, 1998, 755-824, R. V. Cox, B. G. Haskell, Y. LeCun, B. Shahraray, and L. R. Rabiner, web link
  • Applications of Speech Recognition in the Area of Telecommunications, IEEE Workshop on Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Proceedings, 1997, 501-510, L. R. Rabiner, web link
  • On the Application of Multimedia Processing to Telecommunications, Proc. Int. Conf. On Image Processing, Vol I, 1997, 5-8, R. V. Cox, B. G. Haskell, Y. LeCun, B. Shahraray, and L. R. Rabiner, web link
  • The Role of Speech Processing in Human-Computer Intelligent CommunicationC. A. Kamm, M. Walker, and L. R. Rabiner, Speech Communication, Vol. 23, 1997, 263-278, C. A. Kamm, M. Walker, and L. R. Rabiner, web link