Biosketch

Prof. Singer received the S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering and computer science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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 currently holds a Fox Family Endowed Professorship in the Electrical and Computer Engineering 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 interests include signal processing and communication systems.

In 2000, he co-founded Intersymbol Communications, Inc., a fabless semiconductor IC company, based in Champaign, Illinois, which built digital signal processing-enhanced receivers for 10Gb/s optical communications.  In 2007, Intersymbol Communications, Inc. was acquired by Finisar Corporation (FNSR). He continues to work in areas related to signal processing algorithms and their potential to enhance mixed-signal analog and digital circuits both in his research and as Assistant Director of the DARPA and SRC-funded Systems On Nanoscale Information fabriCs (SONIC) center. In 2014, he co-founded OceanComm, a provider of Mb/s underwater acoustic modem technology for subsea industries.

He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2000; in 2001 he received the Xerox Faculty Research Award, and in 2002 he was named a Willett Faculty Scholar. In 2005, he was appointed the Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) at the University of Illinois, where he directs a wide range of entrepreneurship and innovation activities in the College of Engineering and serves as Special Advisor to the Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  In 2006 he received the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits Best Paper Award for the paper entitled “An MLSE Receiver for Electronic Dispersion Compensation of OC-192 Fiber Links.” In 2008, he received the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Award for the paper entitled “Turbo Equalization.” In 2009, he was elected Fellow of the IEEE “for contributions to signal processing techniques for digital communication,” and in 2014, he was named as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He serves on the board of directors of a number of technology companies and as an expert witness for electronics, communications, and circuit-related technologies.

Prof. Singer enjoys many forms of outdoor sports, including competing in triathlons and marathons. He has competed at all distances from sprint and olympic distance triathlons to ultra-marathons and the Ironman triathlon.

An electronic copy of his CV is available.