UCSB Engineering

Kenneth Rose


Electrical & Computer Engineering

Kenneth Rose


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

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Research Description

Current research involves approaches founded on information theory and estimation theory to identify performance bounds and derive new algorithms. Problem areas of interest include: rate-distortion theory, source-channel coding, scalable coding, distributed coding of correlated sources, pattern analysis and classification, search and retrieval in databases.

Major areas of practical application include audio and video coding for compression and networking, sensor networks, bio-informatics.

Research Groups


Kenneth Rose joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1991 after receiving his Ph.D. from Caltech. His research activities are in the areas of information theory, signal compression, source-channel coding, video/audio coding and processing, pattern recognition, and nonconvex optimization. He is particularly interested in application of information and estimation theoretic approaches to fundamental problems in signal processing, as well as in the underlying relations between information theory and statistical physics. Recent research contributions of his group include methods for end-to-end distortion estimation in video transmission and streaming over lossy packet networks, optimal prediction in scalable video and audio coding, distributed source coding and sensor networks, as well as information theoretic approaches to optimization with applications in pattern recognition, signal compression and content-based search and retrieval from high-dimensional databases. His optimization algorithms have been adopted by others in numerous disciplines beside electrical engineering and computer science, including physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, materials, astronomy, geology, psychology, linguistics, ecology, and economics. Among various professional activities, Rose has served as an Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, as a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society\'s Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee, and the Multimedia Signal Processing Technical Committee, and as co-Chair of the technical program committee of the 2001 IEEE Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing, Cannes, France. He is a fellow of the IEEE and was the recipient or co-recipient of several journal and conference paper awards.


  • IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award, 2007
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award, 2004
  • IEEE Fellow, 2003
  • William R. Bennett Prize-Paper Award (IEEE Communications Society), 1990

Selected Publications

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