Serving a Solution to Cocktail Problem
"There is a purpose to this other than just to drive you crazy," Edidin explained. "We didn't invent math to make students do math classes."
Edidin and Casazza worked with Radu Balan at the Siemens who is developing software that will identify noise, which is an improvement on current methods that only distinguish sounds.
If you work with whales or national security, you'll definitely notice when the software comes out. But everyday applications, such as better 911 communications or clearer cell phone calls, might be more subtle.
"They'll probably see the impacts, but they won't know it," Casazza said. "We've got this Scripps Oceanografic Institute, hoping it will be helpful for whales. They wrote to us. They want to separate out whale sounds in the ocean. Yesterday, I got a message from the head of the Israeli national police. He wants to use it for something. This is like never-ending."
What gives most people a headache, gives the two researchers a rush.
"We do do interesting things," Edidin said. "We don't just sit in our office all day and mumble and write formulas on the board, though we do certainly mumble and write formulas."
Casazza added, "I love doing research. Every morning, that's the first thing I do when I get up. And I would prefer to just do that."
"So I told my daughter I was going to be on TV. And she was like, 'You're going to be on TV? Wow! Why?' And I said because of some math. And she was like, 'You can get famous doing math?'" Edidin added.