Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering UC Davis

Prof. William A. Gardner

   Prof. William A. Gardner

Dr. William A. Gardner (PhD EE, MSEE) has been in the profession of signal processing research and development for communications and reconnaissance since 1972. He is Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis, and has authored three books, Introduction to Random Processes with Applications to Signals and Systems, Macmillan, 1985 (second edition, McGraw-Hill, 1989), Statistical Spectral Analysis: A Nonprobabilistic Theory, Prentice-Hall 1987, and The Random Processes Tutor: A Comprehensive Solutions Manual for Independent Study, McGraw-Hill, 1989. He is the editor of Cyclostationarity in Communications and Signal Processing, IEEE Press, 1994, and he is the author or co-author of chapters in four books. He holds thirteen patents, is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed research papers, and has given many invited lectures at university and industrial research laboratories.

Dr. Gardner received the international Best Paper of the Year award from the European Association for Signal Processing in 1986 for the paper, ”The spectral correlation theory of cyclostationary time-series,” the 1987 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of Massachusetts, and the international Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award in the Field of Communication Theory from the IEEE Communications Society in 1988 for the paper entitled “Signal interception: A unifying theoretical framework for feature detection”. He was nominated for the 1998 international IEEE Graduate Teaching Award and the 1999 Medal for Pioneering Contributions in Signal Processing. Professor Gardner was elected to Fellow grade in the institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 1991 “ For contributions to the development of time-series analysis and stochastic processes with applications to statistical signal processing and communication, and for contributions to engineering education.” He is a biographee in Who’s Who in the World and many other biographical sources.

Dr. Gardner has been principal investigator for over fifty research awards totaling in excess of $20 million between 1980 and 2007 from industry and from numerous federal research offices, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U. S. Office of Research and Development, the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command Center, the U. S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, the USAF Rome Laboratory, and the USAF Avionics Laboratory. Dr. Gardner is considered to be the father of and the world’s leading authority on the theory and application of cyclostationary signals, and he organized and chaired the first international Workshop on Cyclostationary Signals (in 1992) invited by the National Science Foundation ansd cosponsored by NSF and the Offices of Research of the U. S. Army, Navy and Air Force. Most recently, Dr. Gardner has been Principal Investigator on several programs to develop technology for cellular communications.

Since retiring from the University, Dr. Gardner has been employed full time with Statistical Signal Processing, Inc., (SSPI) an engineering services company, with headquarters in Napa, California, which he founded in 1982. At SSPI, he serves as Chief Scientist and Executive Vice President. In its 25 year history, SSPI has employed many of Dr. Gardner’s past graduate students.