Name: frederic j. harris
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Phone: (619) 594-6162
Office: E-403B


Bachelor's Degree in EE from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (1961)

Master's Degree in EE from San Diego State University (1967)

PhD in EE from Aalborg University, Denmark, (2008)


EE556 Digital Signal Processing
EE653 Coding Theory
EE654 Adaptive Algorithms
EE655 Modem Design
EE656 Multirate Signal processing


fredric j harris holds the Signal Processing Chair of the Communication Systems and Signal Processing Institute at San Diego State University where since 1967 He has taught courses in Digital Signal Processing and Communication Systems. He holds 20 patents on digital receiver and DSP technology and lecture throughout the world on DSP applications. He consults for organizations requiring high performance, cost effective DSP solutions.  He is an adjunct member of the IDA-Princeton Center for Communications Research.

He has written over 200 journal and conference papers, the most well known being his 1978 paper “On the use of Windows for Harmonic Analysis with the Discrete Fourier Transform”. He is the author of the book Multirate Signal Processing for Communication Systems and he has contributed to a number of other books on DSP applications including the “Source Codingchapter in Bernard Sklar’s 1988 book, Digital Communications and the “Multirate FIR Filters for Interpolation and Resampling and the “Time Domain Signal Processing with the DFT” chapters in Doug Elliot’s 1987 book Handbook of Digital Signal Processing, and “A most Efficient Digital Filter: The Two-Path Recursive All-Pass Filter” and the “Ultra Low Phase Noise DSP Oscillator” Chapters in Rick Lyons 2012 second edition book Streamlining Digital Signal Processing.

In 1990 and 1991 he was the Technical and then the General Chair of the Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers and was Technical Chair of the 2003 Software Defined Radio Conference and of the 2006 Wireless Personal Multimedia Conference. He then, became a Fellow of the IEEE in 2003, cited for contributions of DSP to communications systems. In 2006 He received the Software Defined Radio Forum’s “Industry Achievement Award”. His 2006 paper and again his 2011 paper at the SDR conference were selected for the best paper award as were his paper at the Autotestcon-2011 conference and his paper at WPMC-2022. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier DSP Journal.

He is a traditional absent-minded professor who drives secretaries and editors to distraction by requesting strictly lower case letters to spell his name. For amusement, he roams the world collecting old toys and slide-rules and riding old railways.


Download MATLAB files for Multirate filters course.

Download the Viterbi Algorithm VITALG package. (86.7KB, PKZIP format)

Download the Viterbi Algorithm VITALG package. (87.7KB, GNU Zip format)


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