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Clarkson Professor Receives Prestigious National Science Foundation Career Award

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As part of this honor, Ziarani will receive a total of $400,000 in grant funds from NSF over a five-year period to support his work and research as director of the Signal Processing Laboratory, a graduate student research facility of Clarkson’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. ziarani

Specifically, the award will help fund the creation of a unified framework for developing efficient signal processing techniques for auditory system investigations. As proposed, Ziarani and collaborating research personnel hope to develop a fast, efficient and inexpensive hearing testing technique that will substantially improve existing auditory investigations by negating such performance inadequacies as a slow estimation process and sensitivity with regard to background noise. According to Ziarani, improved auditory measurement techniques through signal processing technology can potentially open new areas of clinical applications including use in pediatric offices, where noise levels are often high, thus resulting in more accurate testing of the historically under-served preschool age group. Moreover, notes Ziarani, the proposed signal processing techniques are generic in nature, and, as such, may have applications in diverse fields of science and engineering.

The NSF CAREER Program recognizes and supports early career-development activities of new and promising teacher-scholars who demonstrate potential leadership in their academic fields. CAREER awardees are selected on the basis of creative career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization and which will build a firm foundation for a lifetime of contributions to the integration of research and education.

Ziarani joined the Clarkson University faculty in 2002 after completing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Alireza K. Ziarani received a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award recently in recognition and support of his research and contributions in the area of signal processing technology and for demonstrating promising leadership in his chosen field.

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