COE - Depts - ECE - Faculty - Gendron

Paul Gendron, PhD

Associate Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

508-999-8510

508-999-8489

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Science & Engineering 214D


Education

1999Worcester Polytechnic InstitutePhD in Electrical Engineering
1993Virginia TechMS in Electrical Engineering
1985University of MassachusettsBS in Electrical Engineering

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

The first course covering basic theory of circuit analysis. The goals of this course include developing an ability to solve engineering problems and to design, implement and test circuits to meet design specifications. Topics include network theorems, review of techniques to solve simultaneous equations, nodal and mesh circuit analysis, dependent sources, Thevenin's and Norton's equivalent circuits, solution of first and second order networks to switched DC inputs, and natural responses. Group classroom and project activities require design, simulation, implementation and measurement of practical circuits. Written reports of project results are required.

The first course covering basic theory of circuit analysis. The goals of this course include developing an ability to solve engineering problems and to design, implement and test circuits to meet design specifications. Topics include network theorems, review of techniques to solve simultaneous equations, nodal and mesh circuit analysis, dependent sources, Thevenin's and Norton's equivalent circuits, solution of first and second order networks to switched DC inputs, and natural responses. Group classroom and project activities require design, simulation, implementation and measurement of practical circuits. Written reports of project results are required.

Probability theory, signals and linear networks, Fourier transforms, random processes and noise are reviewed. Analog communications including amplitude and frequency modulation with and without noise are studied. Digital communications including baseband pulse modulation, quantization, sampling theory, digital pulse shaping, matched filter, Nyquist criterion and error rates due to noise are covered.

Random variables and probabilistic description of signals and systems. The course provides the analytical tools for studying random phenomena in engineering systems and provides graduate students with an extensive treatment of probability theory, Bayes theorem, random variables, distribution and density functions, conditional distributions, moments, functions of random variables, characteristic functions, stochastic processes, Gaussian processes, stationary processes, correlation functions, power spectral density, response of systems to random inputs, mean square error estimation, filtering and prediction, and noise analysis. The course prepares students for a wide range of courses in communications, signal processing, acoustics, control, and other areas of engineering in which random signals and systems have an important role.

Random variables and probabilistic description of signals and systems. The course provides the analytical tools for studying random phenomena in engineering systems and provides graduate students with an extensive treatment of probability theory, Bayes theorem, random variables, distribution and density functions, conditional distributions, moments, functions of random variables, characteristic functions, stochastic processes, Gaussian processes, stationary processes, correlation functions, power spectral density, response of systems to random inputs, mean square error estimation, filtering and prediction, and noise analysis. The course prepares students for a wide range of courses in communications, signal processing, acoustics, control, and other areas of engineering in which random signals and systems have an important role.

Basic concepts and principles of estimation theory. Topics include least squares estimation, recursive least squares estimation, best linear unbiased estimator, Bayes estimation, maximum likelihood estimation, maximum a posteriori estimation, conditional mean, Gauss-Markov random process, Kalman filtering, prediction, smoothing, and nonlinear estimation. Estimator bounds and properties are discussed.

Research

Research Interests

  • Adaptive filtering for angle-delay-Doppler spread channels
  • Low probability of detection acoustic communications
  • Magnetic anomaly detection and tracking
  • Seismic event detection and classification

Paul J. Gendron received his PhD from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his MS from Viginia Tech and his BS from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, all in Electrical Engineering. His work is broad in the field of statistical signal processing, detection and estimation theory. His contributions range from seismic event detection and classification to adaptive filtering and low probability of detection acoustic communications. He was with the Naval Research Laboratory from 2000 to 2007 and with the Spawar Systems Center Pacific from 2008 to 2012. In 2000, he was the recipient of an Office of Naval Research research fellowship award for his work with the Acoustic Division at the Naval Research Laboratory. In 2006, he served as an Office of Naval Research Visiting Scientist at DRDC-Atlantic, Canada. Dr. Gendron presently conducts research for the Office of Naval Research related to the discover and invention of enabling technologies for undersea surveillance.

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