by Daniel Fetsko ’19 CE
The Center for Advanced Communications (CAC) and Villanova University will host the “Workshop on Shift Register Sequences” to honor Dr. Solomon Golomb, recipient of the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Golomb is being recognized “For pioneering leadership in digital space communications; for the theory and design of efficient high time-bandwidth spread spectrum waveforms, including pseudo-random shift register sequences; and for radar/sonar waveform applications of the Golomb Ruler.” The workshop is co-sponsored by the Franklin Institute and the IEEE Philadelphia Section. In addition to Dr. Golomb, event speakers include: Dr. Andrew Viterbi, Viterbi Group LLC, San Diego; Dr. Guang Gong, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Dr. Tor Helleseth, University of Bergen, Norway; and Dr. Alfred W. Hales, IDA Center for Communications Research, San Diego.
The Franklin Institute Awards program began in Philadelphia in 1824 in an effort to expand the scientific knowledge base of mechanics and artisans. In the many years since, it has evolved into the Benjamin Franklin Medals, which are given yearly in the categories of chemistry, civil and mechanical engineering, computer and cognitive science, Earth and environmental science, electrical engineering, life science, and physics. The Franklin Institute has a storied past—117 laureates have also been awarded a Nobel Prize, and include household names such as Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Marie Curie, and Albert Einstein.
The workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 20 at The Cinema Theater, Connelly Center, Villanova University, from 8:00 AM to 12:35 PM. The event is free and open to the public; however, registration by April 11 is required. Visit http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/engineering/newsevents/medalist.html to register and for more information.