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Toby Berger


Thornton Hall - E223
351 McCormick Road
PO Box 400743
Charlottesville, VA 22904-1000

Phone: (434)243-2075
FAX: (434) 924-8818

It was announced on February 10, 2006 that Professor Toby Berger was named one of the newest members of the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the theory and practice of lossy data compression. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

Professor Berger joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in January 2006. He served on the Cornell faculty from 1968-2005. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of the Governing Board and a past president of the IEEE Information Theory Group, and a past editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Engineering Education, Sigma Xi, and Tau Beta Pi. He is teaching ECE 717 Information Theory and Coding - Spring '06

Most Recent Publications:

  • Berger, T. 1971. Rate-distortion theory: A mathematical basis for data compression. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  • Berger, T. 1972. On the correlation coefficient of a bivariate, equal variance, complex Gaussian sample. Annals of Mathematical Statistics 43:2000-03.
  • Berger, T. 1982. Minimum entropy quantizers and permutation codes. [Invited paper, Special Issue on Quantization] IEEE Transactions on Information Theory IT-28:149-57.
  • Berger, T. and A. H. Kaspi. 1982. Rate-distortion for correlated sources with partially separated encoders. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory IT-28:828-40.
  • Berger, T., and Z. Zhang. 1983. Minimum breakdown degradation in binary source encoding. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 29:807-14.

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