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Dr Jossy Sayir

Fellowship Type
College Position
Director of Studies in Engineering, Teaching Fellow in Engineering, Engineering Admissions coordinator, Chair of the Wine Committee
University Position
Affiliated Lecturer and Senior Research Associate
Dipl. El.-Ing. ETH (ETH Zurich) and Dr. Techn.-Wiss. (ETH Zurich)
Research Interests
Information Theory, Source Coding (Data Compression), Channel Coding (Error Correction). I currently collaborate with the European Bioinformatics Institute to design the information theoretic aspects of a data storage system that uses DNA molecules as the storage medium. Storing data on DNA brings considerable advantages in data density over traditional storage media, and is currently being considered for long term archiving of essential data, but considerable advances in efficiency and pricing are necessary for it to become a viable storage medium for general usage.
Awards & Prizes
Best Lecturer Award for Part IB (2nd year) Engineering Tripos, 2017-18
Teaching Interests
In Part I (years 1 and 2) of the Engineering tripos, I teach or have taught various parts of the mathematics modules and of the information engineering modules, and led or helped run various labs (microprocessors, electrical, first week lego.) In Part II (years 3 and 4) I teach or have taught information theory, error control coding and cryptography in various modules, and devised and led a data compression lab activity. I am also Director of Studies in Engineering at Newnham College.
Other Interests
Food, coffee, wine, music, jazz, alto sax