Richard Baraniuk
Founder and Director, OpenStax

Dr. Baraniuk is the Director of OpenStax (formerly Connexions), a non-profit educational and scholarly publishing project he founded in 1999 to bring textbooks and learning materials into the digital age.  As of August 2017, OpenStax’s college textbooks have been adopted at 42% of all degree granting institutions in the US, saving 3.47 million students over $340 million.  His talk on digital education at the 2006 TED conference has been viewed 970,000 times to date.

Richard G. Baraniuk is also the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Rice University, where he leads a group conducting research on machine learning and signal processing.  Dr. Baraniuk is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the US National Academy of Inventors, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and IEEE.

A multiple award-winner, he holds 28 US and 4 foreign patents, several of which have been licensed to Siemens to radically speed up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and to a startup.

Currently, Dr. Baraniuk is developing advanced machine learning algorithms for the personalized learning system OpenStax Tutor that integrates text, video, simulations, problems, feedback hints, and tutoring and optimizes each student’s learning experience based on their background, context, and learning goals.




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