Benjamin Belzer

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Benjamin Belzer received the B.A. degree in physics from the University of California at San Diego in 1982, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1996. From 1981 to 1991 he worked as a software engineer for Beckman Instruments, Hughes Aircraft, Northrop Corporation, Source Scientific, and Develco, Inc. Since 1996 he has been with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University, Pullman, WA, where he is currently an associate professor.

His research interests are in the field of digital communications, and include machine learning for turbo equalization of two- and three-dimensional magnetic recording channels on hard disk drives, machine learning based signal processing for non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) wireless channels, underwater acoustic communications, wireless networks on chip, turbo coded modulation, joint source/channel coding, and image and video communication.

His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Army Research Office (ARO), and by industry. Dr. Belzer is co-author on over 80 conference and journal publications that have received over 3600 citations (per Google Scholar). He received the EECS outstanding teaching award (tenure track) in 2019.

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