Daniel Weller Head ShotDaniel S. Weller, PhD

Teaching

I teach a number of undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Virginia: (link opens syllabus in new window)

(F: Fall semester, S: Spring semester, * new course, + redesign)

Ignite Program

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Fourier Compression
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Wavelet Compression
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Imaging problems like image compression are an excellent setting for exploring signal processing concepts like the difference between Fourier and wavelet transforms.

I participated in the 2015-2016 Ignite Program organized by the Center for Teaching Excellence for early career faculty at UVA. As part of this program, I completed the week-long intensive Course Design Institute, where I redesigned the ECE 4750/6750 Digital Signal Processing course to feature project-based learning, in-class programming and group activities, and a mix of formative and evaluative assessment experiences. Using similar methods, adapted to graduate students seeking to gain a better understanding of how to approach research, I developed a new graduate seminar in the subject, ECE 7776 Advanced Digital Signal Processing. This new course provides graduate students a basic understanding of concepts used in modern signal processing research, as well as engages students in critiquing and discussing current literature and embarking on their own original research projects. Future iterations of both courses will continue to adapt to this learner-centric hands-on approach.

Previous Teaching Experience

At MIT, I co-developed (with Sharat Chikkerur) a January 2010 course (during the MIT Independent Activities Period) in C programming, called Practical Programming in C. This course has been archived on MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative and has been visited or adapted by users around the world.

Mentoring

I mentor student members of the Virginia Imaging Theory and Algorithms Laboratory (VITAL), as well as undergraduate and graduate student advisees in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering programs. The VITAL people page contains more information about current and former lab members.