Andrew Singer

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Andrew Singer
Andrew Singer
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
110 Coordinated Science Lab MC 228
1308 W. Main St.
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Signal Processing

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Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, M.I.T., in 1996


Andrew C. Singer received the S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering and computer science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990, 1992, and 1996, respectively. Since 1998, he has been on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently holds the Fox Family Professorship in the ECE department. During the academic year 1996, he was a Postdoctoral Research Affiliate in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. From 1996 to 1998, he was a Research Scientist at Sanders, A Lockheed Martin Company in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he designed algorithms, architectures and systems for a variety of DOD applications. His research spans algorithms and architectures for statistical signal processing and communication systems, as well as information theory and machine learning. He was a Hughes Aircraft Masters Fellow, and was the recipient of the Harold L. Hazen Memorial Award for excellence in teaching in 1991. In 2000, he received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, in 2001 he received the Xerox Award for Outstanding Faculty Award, and in 2002 was named a Willett Faculty Scholar. He has received numerous awards and honors, including Best Paper Awards from the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society in 2006 for his paper in the Journal of Solid State Circuits, and in 2008 from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for his paper in the Signal Processing Magazine. Dr. Singer has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and is a member of the MIT Educational Council, and of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and was selected as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2014. In 2015, he co-founded OceanComm, developer of Mb/s underwater wireless communication systems.

In 2005, Dr. Singer was appointed as the Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) in the College of Engineering creating and overseeing courses and activities attended by over 4,000 students annually. In 2000, he also co-founded Intersymbol Communications, Inc., a venture-funded fabless semiconductor IC company, based in Champaign Illinois, which brought an MLSE-based electronic dispersion compensation chip-set to the optical communications market. In 2007, Intersymbol Communications, Inc., was acquired by Finisar Corporation, a publicly traded optical communications company (NASDAQ: FNSR). Dr. Singer serves on the Board of Directors of Dx Photonics, a medical imaging technology company and of Mimosa Acoustics, an audiology diagnostic device company. He also serves as an expert witness to the signal processing and communications industries.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Underwater acoustic communications research. Matlab and signal processing knowledge required.

Research Interests

Signal Processing, Communication Systems, Machine Learning, Sonar/Lidar/Optical Signal Processing, finance, optical communications, wireline/wireless communications, underwater acoustic communications, cognitive and algorithmic decision making.

Research Areas

  • Acoustics
  • Adaptive signal processing
  • Analog integrated circuits
  • Antennas for communication and wireless sensing
  • Circuits
  • Coding theory and applications
  • Communication networks
  • Communications
  • Computer architecture
  • Computer vision and pattern recognition
  • Digital integrated circuits
  • Dynamic games and decision theory
  • Information theory
  • Machine learning and pattern recognition
  • Nonlinear systems and control
  • Optical communications
  • Parallel processing
  • Random processes
  • Signal detection and estimation
  • Signal Processing
  • VLSI architectures and integrated circuits for DSP and communications
  • VLSI in communications
  • Wireless communication systems

Teaching Honors

  • Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, UIUC, Fall 2001
  • Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, UIUC, Spring 2000
  • Promotion to Graduate Instructor, MIT, 1994.
  • Harold L. Hazen Memorial Teaching Award, MIT, 1991.

Research Honors

  • Hughes Aircraft Master's Fellow, 1989
  • Sanders, A Lockheed Martin Company, Special Recognition Award, 1996
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR) Special Research Award in Ocean Acoustics, 2000
  • Xerox Award for Faculty Research in the College of Engineering, 2001
  • Invited keynote address, Texas Instruments Developers Conference, 2007
  • Selected for participation in National Academy of Engineering, “Frontiers of Engineering” symposium.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award, 2001
  • Willett Faculty Scholar, for faculty members who are in the early stage of their career and are “excelling in their contributions to the University,” 2002-2005
  • Willett Faculty Scholar, 2006-2009
  • ISSCC 2008 Special-Topic Evening Session Award for paper entitled “Trends and Challenges in Optical Communications Front-End”
  • Best Paper of the Year Award for the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits in 2006, for the paper entitled “An MLSE Receiver for Electronic Dispersion Compensation of OC-192 Fiber Links”
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society 2008 Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award for "Turbo Equalization" which appeared in the January 2004 issue of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine.
  • Elected to Fellow of the IEEE "for contributions to signal processing for communications"

Public Service Honors

Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor in the College of Engineering, 2002

Courses Taught

  • ARTD 445 - Developing Design Thinking
  • ECE 310 - Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 311 - Digital Signal Processing Lab
  • ECE 398 - Design and Innovation
  • ECE 398 - Innovation and Eng Design
  • ECE 398 - Innovation and Eng. Design
  • ECE 420 - Embedded DSP Laboratory
  • ECE 445 - Senior Design Project Lab
  • ENG 298 - Breakthrough Innovation Teams
  • ENG 298 - From Idea to Enterprise
  • ENG 360 - Lect in Eng Entrepreneurship A
  • ENG 360 - Lect in Engrg Entrepreneurship
  • ENG 398 - Breakthrough Innovation Teams
  • ENG 460 - Entrepreneurship for Engineers
  • ENG 460 - Entrepreneurship for Engrs A
  • ENG 491 - Interdisciplinary Design Proj
  • ENG 491 - Start Up Senior Design
  • ENG 498 - Breakthrough Innovation Teams
  • ENG 598 - Breakthrough Innovation Teams
  • GE 598 - Breakthrough Innovation Teams
  • TE 298 - Breakthrough Innovation Teams
  • TE 298 - From Idea to Enterprise
  • TE 360 - Lect in Eng Entrepreneurship A
  • TE 360 - Lect in Engrg Entrepreneurship
  • TE 398 - Breakthrough Innovation Teams
  • TE 398 - Innovation and Eng Design
  • TE 460 - Entrepreneurship for Engineers
  • TE 460 - Entrepreneurship for Engrs A
  • TE 498 - Breakthrough Innovation Teams
  • TE 598 - Breakthrough Innovation Teams