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Maths students at Warwick “something to celebrate”, says creator of the JPEG

One of the foremost applied mathematicians of our time, Professor Ingrid Daubechies, says that the number of mathematics students graduating from the University of Warwick is “wonderful, amazing, something to celebrate”.


In an interview given shortly after she received an Hon DSc (Honorary Doctor of Science) from Warwick in July, she remarked that she wants to “suggest to people in Maths departments elsewhere in Europe that they send somebody [to Warwick] to find out what the secret is.”

Professor Daubechies is a trailblazer who has achieved many firsts: she was the first female Professor of Mathematics at Princeton, the first woman to receive the National Academy of Sciences Award, and the first woman to hold the position of President of the International Mathematical Union.

She is best known for her breakthroughs in wavelet research and her contributions to digital signal processing.

Some of the wavelet bases she constructed have become a household name in signal analysis; they, and other computational techniques she developed, have been incorporated into the JPEG2000 standard for image compression.

In an exclusive interview, Professor Daubechies told us that the key to her success is curiosity and creativity, and believes that “mathematics uses so much creativity […] I’m exhilarated when I see creativity at work.”

Professor Daubechies explains that she has a personal connection with Warwick, as her husband was an undergraduate at the university, and says that she’s always known its reputation as “one of the top universities of England,” and “truly innovative”.

You can hear the exclusive interview here:


August 8, 2016

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