Fredric J. Harris

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Fredric Joel Harris (or, as he prefers to spell his name,[1] fred harris) is a professor of Electrical engineering and CUBIC signal processing chair at University of California San Diego and an internationally renowned expert on DSP and Communication Systems. He is also the co-inventor of the Blackman-Harris Filter. He also has extensively published many technical papers, the most famous being the seminal 1978 paper "On the use of Windows for Harmonic Analysis with the Discrete Fourier Transform."[2] He is also the author of the textbook Multi-rate Signal Processing for Communication Systems and the Source Coding chapter in Bernard Sklar's textbook on Digital Communications. He holds 17 patents on DSP and digital radio receiver technology.[3]

Harris received his B.S. from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, his M.S. from San Diego State University, his PhD from Aalborg University, and did PhD course work at the University of California, San Diego. He is an IEEE Fellow[4] and co-editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal Digital Signal Processing.

In early 2010 the "Fred Harris Endowed Chair in Digital Signal Processing" fund was established by Eric Johnson and Qualcomm executive Peggy Johnson. The fund is described to encourage and enable future students to pursue careers in the communications speciality of electrical engineering and to honor Fred Harris' legacy.[5]


  1. ^ "Summer School 2009 Invited Speakers". University of Alberta HCDC Laboratory. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
  2. ^ Harris, F. J. (January 1978). "On the use of windows for harmonic analysis with the discrete Fourier transform" (PDF). Proceedings of the IEEE. 66 (1): 51–83. Bibcode:1978IEEEP..66...51H. CiteSeerX doi:10.1109/PROC.1978.10837. ISSN 0018-9219.
  3. ^ "fredric j harris, Ph.D." Wireless Innovation Forum. 14 September 2016. Archived from the original on 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
  4. ^ "Society News". IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. 20 (2): 10–11. March 2003. Bibcode:2003ISPM...20...10.. doi:10.1109/MSP.2003.1184333. ISSN 1053-5888.
  5. ^ "360: The Magazine of San Diego State University spring 2011". Issuu. Retrieved 2018-01-24.

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