Pamela Cosman

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty Equity Adviser
Jacobs School of Engineering

University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0407
La Jolla, CA 92093-0407

I am Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. I joined UCSD in July of 1995. Prior to that, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. I received my Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1993 and my B.S.E.E. from the California Institute of Technology in 1987. At UCSD, I was the Director of the Center for Wireless Communications from 2006 to 2008, and the Associate Dean for Students of the Jacobs School of Engineering from 2013 to 2016. I am also affiliated with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. I do research on image and video compression, wireless communications, and image and video processing.

This is my new children's book. It's aimed at ages 8 to 12. It teaches a little bit about error correction coding and other concepts in wireless communications in the form of a fictional story.

Kids are passing secret messages in school, which gets them in trouble at school when someone changes one bit in the message. But when there's a hostage crisis in a bank, the error correction code ends up playing an unexpected role.

The book is available from and the UCSD bookstore, among other outlets.

Here's what one parent wrote to me:
Dear Pamela:

Thank you for writing a fine book "The Secret Code Menace". I saw it for sale at ISIT last week and bought a copy. My 8-year old son loved it!

It's a great way to introduce Hamming codes to the younger audience. The math is still a bit advanced for him, but my son had a great time sending and correcting secret messages.