Jill K. Nelson

Associate Professor
Engineering 3216
Office Hours: 
M: 9:30-11:30 A.M.
and by appointment
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Research Area: 
Signal Processing

Jill Nelson is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University. She earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Economics from Rice University in 1998. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for graduate study, earning an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2001 and 2005, respectively. Dr. Nelson's research focus is in statistical signal processing, specifically detection and estimation for applications in target tracking and physical layer communications. Her work on target detection and tracking is funded by the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Nelson is a 2010 recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and the IEEE Signal Processing, Communications, and Education Societies.

Possible Advisee Scholarly Paper Topics

  1. Compressed sensing and its applications
  2. Channel estimation in multiple access communication over wireless channels
  3. Opportunistic spectrum sensing and sharing in cognitive radio
  4. Data mining in signal processing
  5. Signal processing for optical communications
  6. Theory and applications of ultra-wideband communication


Semester Catalog Course Room Lecture Times Syllabus
Spring 2018 ECE 201 Introduction to Signal Analysis Exploratory Hall L003 MW: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

MS and PhD Theses

Author Title Thesis Link Program Defense Datesort ascending
Zhou, Weiwei Computationally Efficient Equalizer Design Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering Thursday, July 10, 2014
Pishdadian, Fatemeh An Instance-Based Classification Approach to Automatic Transcription of Monophonic Melodies Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering Thursday, July 18, 2013
Almodovar, Jaime Multiple Transmitter Localization Using Received Signal Strength Measurements Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Kaur, Balvinder An Approach to Detect Human Facial Skin in Thermal Imagery Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Senior Design Projects

Group Members Title Selected Deliverables Semester
Leander Diaz, Kenneth Huaytalla, Nicholas Jarosz, Htet Lin, The Hy Nguyen, Ina Sengar Solar Eclipse Effects on Low Frequency Propagation Spring 2016
Mahmoud Ataya, Nicholas Bloom, Nezar Kaaki, Gary Robles, Ryan Schell, Jingyu Zhou CARSS – Child Alert/Reminder Safety System Spring 2015
Jason Fogle, Lucian Mardy, Gloria Rodriguez, Humaira Shah Indoor Localization Module and Creation of a Robot Friendly Building Spring 2015

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