Staff Reporter

Kakinada: Signal and image processing have contributed immensely to the development of information technology modules and their full potential is evident from the variety of commercial applications in areas like Internet, satellite imagery, radar and sonar communications. Bioinformatics and bio-medical science are the other rapidly evolving fields which involve the processing of a wide array of signals and images.

The ongoing research in this fundamental branch of science that is as old as physics or chemistry, is poised to benefit society in a myriad other ways, said Allam Appa Rao, Vice-Chancellor of JNTU, Kakinada.

Participating as the chief guest at the two-day national workshop on Advances in Signal and Image Processing at the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) of JNTU Engineering College here on Monday, Prof. Appa Rao said many powerful algorithms were emerging out from the processing of signals and images offering scope for inventing new applications in diverse fields.

For instance, signals and images play a vital role in multimedia communications that virtually rule our lives.

Prof. Appa Rao said he was currently doing research in ‘genomics signal processing’ which helps in devising better ways of diagnosing and treating certain genetic disorders. S.B. Rao, Director of C.R. Rao Institute for Advanced Research in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences (University of Hyderabad), former dean of IIT, Kharagpur B.N. Chatterji, JNTU Engineering College principal Dr. E.V. Prasad and Head of the Department of ECE S. Srinivas Kumar were among those who spoke.