Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Endowed Chair, Center for Memory and Recording Research
Phone: (858) 534-6210
Fax: (858) 534-8059
Office: CMRR Room 305
Mailing Address: Center for Memory and Recording Research
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0401
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0401
S.B. Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of
Ph.D. Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of
Paul H. Siegel was born in Berkeley, California in 1953. He received the B.S.
degree in mathematics in 1975 and the Ph.D. degree in mathematics in 1979, both
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He held a Chaim Weizmann
fellowship during a year of postdoctoral study at the Courant Institute,
New York University.
He joined the research staff at IBM in 1980. From 1984 through 1993, he was
manager of the Signal Processing and Coding project at the
IBM Almaden Research
Center in San Jose, California, and in 1994, he was named manager of the
Mathematics and Related Computer Science department at Almaden. He was a
Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) while
at the Center for Magnetic Recording Research during the 1989-90 academic year.
He joined the faculty at UCSD in July 1995, and he is currently Professor of
Electrical and Computer Engineering in the
Jacobs School of Engineering.
He is affiliated with
the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2),
the Center for Wireless Communications (CWC),
and the Center for Memory and Recording Research (CMRR), where he holds
an endowed chair and served as Director from 2000 to 2011.
His primary research interest is the mathematical foundations of signal
processing and coding, especially as applicable to digital data storage and
communications. He holds several patents in the area of coding and detection
for digital recording systems, and was named a Master Inventor at IBM Research
Prof. Siegel was co-recipient, with R. Karabed, of the 1992 IEEE Information
Theory Society Paper Award for the paper
''Matched Spectral Null Codes for Partial Response Channels,'' and he shared the 1993 IEEE Communications
Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award with B. Marcus and J. K. Wolf for
the paper ''Finite-State Modulation Codes for Data Storage.''
Along with his doctoral students J. B. Soriaga and H. D. Pfister, he received
the 2007 IEEE Communications Society, Data Storage Technical Committee
Best Paper Award in Signal Processing and Coding for Data Storage for the
paper ''Determining and Approaching Achievable Rates of Binary Intersymbol
Interference Channels using Multistage Decoding.''
Prof. Siegel delivered the IEEE Information Theory Society Padovani Lecture at the 2015 North American School of Information Theory.
Prof. Siegel was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information
Theory Society from 1991-1996, 2009 - 2011 and was elected to another 3-year term in 2012.
He served as co-Guest Editor of the May 1991 Special Issue on Coding for Storage
Devices of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Associate Editor
for Coding Techniques from 1992 to 1995, and Editor-in-Chief from 2001 to 2004.
He was also Guest Editor-in-Chief of the May/September 2001 double-issue of the
IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
on The Turbo Principle: From Theory to Practice.
He is co-organizer (with Steve Swanson and Eitan Yaakobi) of the Annual Non-Volatile Memories Workshop (NVMW) at UCSD.
Prof. Siegel is a Fellow of the IEEE. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008,
"for the invention and development of advanced coding techniques for digital recording systems."
Main Lab: CMRR | Phone: (858) 534-6196 | Fax: (858) 534-2720
Address: UCSD CMRR, Mail Code 0401, 9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla, CA 92093-0401