Signal Processing and Communications Laboratory

Department of Engineering

It is with great sadness that we report that Professor William (Bill) Fitzgerald died on 2nd April 2014.

William J. Fitzgerald

Background - Professional Activities - Publications

Position: Professor of Applied Statistics and Signal Processing

Office Location: BE3-15

Telephone: +44 1223 332719

E-mail: wjf [at]

Dept. of Engineering,
University of Cambridge,
Trumpington Street,


Bill is the Professor of Applied Statistics and Signal Processing. He is also the Head of Research in the Signal Processing Laboratory in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, England. He works on Bayesian inference applied to signal and data modelling. He is also interested in nonlinear signal processing, image restoration and medical imaging, extreme value statistics, bio-informatics, data mining and data classification. He is particularly interested in the applications of Sequential Monte Carlo (particle filtering) methods to signal processing and communication problems.

He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD in Physics from the University of Birmingham, England. He worked in Neutron Scattering at the Institut Laue Langevin in Grenoble, France for 7 years and was then a Professor of Physics at the ETH in Zurich for 5 years. before joing the Engineering Department in Cambridge. He is a fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, England, where he is Director of Studies in Engineering and a Tutor.

Professional Activities

  • Invited lecture, Bayesian Signal Processing, Symposium at MEDIMAT, University Pierre and Marie Curie, 1993.
  • Invited lecture, Statistical Signal Processing, Schlumberger Cambridge Research Ltd. Conference on Signal Processing, 1994.
  • Invited lecture at the American Statistical Society's conference, Chicago 1996.
  • Many Invited Seminars at various UK and European Universities.
  • Organising committe for the International Society of Bayesian Analysis (ISBA), Istanbul, summer 1997 and Invited lecturer.
  • Organising committe for several European conferences held 1996 and 1997.
  • Visiting Professor Department of Statistics, University of Washington, Seattle, 3 months summer 1996, 30 lectures on Spatial Statistics to Graduate students.
  • Keynote Lecture, The Bayesian Approach to Signal Modelling and Classification, 1st European Conference on Signal Estimation, Prague, 1997.
  • Invited lecture, Bayesian Statistics Conference, Valencia, Spain, June 1998.
  • Referee for various IEEE Transactions and IEE Proceedings.
  • External examiner for many PhD theses both in the UK and in various European Countries.
  • Principal Organiser of a 6 month Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences Programme on 'Nonlinear and Nonstationary Signal Processing', July - Dec 1998.
  • Principal Organiser for 6 workshops taking place at the Newton Institute during the 6 month programme:
    • a) Bayesian Signal Processing,
    • b) Environmental Signal Processing,
    • c) Dynamics and Statistics,
    • d) Econometrics and Financial Mathematics.
  • Vice-Chair of the IEEE conference on Neural Networks held in Cambridge Aug/Sept 1998.
  • Organiser for a 5 day workshop on Extreme Value Statistics, Sept/Oct 1998 Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences.
  • Co-organiser for a 3 day workshop on 'Unresolved Biology and Critical Data : The Statistics of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs)', Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences.
  • I was a member of the Technical Committee for an international conference that was held in Trondheim (1999), concerning the signal processing of irregularly sampled data and I gave the the keynote lecture.
  • I visited the Statistics Department at the University of Caracus (Simon Bolivar) Easter,1999, for 4 weeks as a visiting Professor where I gave 6 lectures.
  • Last summer I was in Paris for 2 months at the ENST laboratory for telecommunications where I was a visiting Professor.
  • This summer, I will spend 3 months as Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle where I will give several postgraduate course in addition to discussing future possibilities for either collaborative programmes or other kinds of involvement.
  • Organiser for an Isaac Newton Institute Programme on 'The Mathematics of Risk' - Summer 2001.


A complete list of publications can be viewed here.