Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Kenneth Zeger joined the UCSD faculty in 1996. He did his undergraduate work at MIT, and earned his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from UC Santa Barbara in 1990. Zeger then taught for two years at the University of Hawaii, and from 1992-1996, he was an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was elected a Fellow of IEEE in 2000, and was an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society (1998-2000). He served as an associate editor-at-large for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory during 1995-98. Zeger won an NSF Research Initiation Award in 1990, and an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1991. Zeger has consulted for the U.S. Department of Defense and many technology companies.
Professor Zeger works on coding for a variety of applications, including: telephony, imaging, networking, and electronic devices. His work on information coding includes source and channel coding, as well as speech and image processing. Zeger's research has focused on compression, pattern recognition, communication protocols, and computational complexity theory. In particular he has examined joint source-channel coding for circuit switched and packet switched networks.