Oakes Faculty Fellows

The Oakes College faculty represents a wealth of expertise from the natural sciences to the humanities, and we are proud to have some of the top scholars in the world among our faculty. Our students major in nearly every discipline at UCSC—from economics and computer science, to theater arts and Latin American and Latino studies—and they are well supported by the depth and breadth of the Oakes College faculty and the extensive knowledge of our advising team.

TBA is Oakes's faculty chair!

The Chair of the Faculty is an Academic Senate member, other than the Provost, who is elected by the college Faculty to serve a two year term, and will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.


Benjamin Friedlander
  • Title
    • Professor Emeritus
  • Division Baskin School of Engineering
  • Department
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Engineering Building 2, 241B
  • Office Hours Contact by email
  • Mail Stop SOE2
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Electrical Engineering, Science and Technology, Statistics

Summary of Expertise


An internationally known expert in statistical signal processing theory:  detection, estimation, filtering; algorithm development and performance analysis.  Extensive experience in applications of statistical signal processing to various engineering problems, including:


  • Digital communications
  • Wireless communications
  • Antenna and sensor arrays
  • Direction finding and Geo-location
  • Radar and sonar systems



Research Interests

  • Digital communications
  • Wireless communications
  • Array processing
  • Geolocation
  • Statistical signal processing

Biography, Education and Training


Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 1976.
M.S. Statistics, Stanford University, 1976.
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Technion (Israel), 1972.
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Technion (Israel), 1968.

Honors and Professional Activities

IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000).
Technical Achievement Award, Signal Processing Society (1989).
Fellow of the IEEE (1987).
Best Paper of the Year Award, EURASIP (1985).
ASSP Senior Award, IEEE ASSP Society (1983).
Member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
General Chair, Asilomar Conference, and Computers, 2002.
Editorial board, Int'l Journal Adaptive Control and Signal Processing.
Technical Program Chair, Asilomar Conference, 1994.
Vice Chairman of the Bay Area Chapter of the ASSP Society, 1989 - 1993.
Administrative Committee and of the Technical Committee
on Estimation and Modeling of the Signal Processing Society, 1985 - 1993.
Associate editor of the IEEE Transaction on Automatic Control, 1983.

Professional Experience

UC Santa Cruz, Professor of Electrical Engineering
UC Davis, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1989-1999.
Signal Processing Technology, Ltd., President, 1988 - 1999.
Saxpy Computer Corporation, Director of Advanced Technology, 1985-1988.
Systems Control Tech., Manager Advanced Technology Division, 1976-1985.
Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University, Research Assistant
1973-1976, Lecturer and consultant 1976-1982.
MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, Vancouver, Design Engineer, 1973.
Israel Aircraft Industries, Consultant, 1972.
Electronic Research Department, M.O.D, Israel, Group Leader, 1968-1972.


Approximately 500 publications can be found on GoogleScholar and other on-line data bases.