Prof. Boaz Porat  |  פרופ’ בועז פורתProfessor Boaz Porat

[1945-2015]

From 1967 to 1972, he served as a lieutenant in the Israeli Navy.
In 1972, Porat joined Rafael, an R&D company also in Haifa as a systems engineer. He was promoted to chief scientist in 1982.

The following year, Porat joined the Technion as a professor of electrical engineering, where his research focused on digital signal processing.
He wrote two textbooks, Digital Signal Processing of Random Signals (Prentice Hall, 1994) and A Course in Digital Signal Processing (Wiley, 1996), which are still widely used.

In 1997, he cofounded Savan, a company that developed the first very-high-bitrate DSL (VDSL) modem. VDSL’s large bandwidth provided speeds of up to about 52 megabits per second.
The following year, Savan was acquired by Infineon, a semiconductor manufacturer, headquartered in Neubiberg, Germany.

Porat was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 1993 for “contributions to the performance analysis of autoregressive moving-average parameter estimation algorithms and parametric spectral estimation techniques.” He also received the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s 1997 Technical Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to statistical signal
processing.
Porat received the Best Lecturer award at the Technion three times, as well as its 1994 Jacknau Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Technion in 1967 and 1975. He also earned a master’s degree in
statistics and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, both from Stanford.

 

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