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University of Delaware

Professor and Associate Chair
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
102 Evans Hall
Newark DE 19716
302-831-8008 (w)

I have a joint appointment in the Department of Computer & Information Sciences. I am a Past President of the University of Delaware Faculty Senate.

I have held visiting positions at the University of Michigan (1992), Tampere University of Technology in Tampere, Finland (1999), and the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra, Australia (2000).


I am finishing a textbook, Probability, Statistics, and Random Signals. It will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

My book is designed for a junior or senior year class. It has lots of carefully drawn illustrations, computational examples using Matlab, Python, and R, and many worked out examples.

Contact me if you are interested in using the text in your class or your studies.


  • PhD, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Princeton University, 1984. My dissertation, "Approaches and Algorithms for Robust Signal Processing," was supervised by Prof. Bradley Dickinson.
  • MS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Princeton University, 1982.
  • BS, Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University, 1980, Cum Laude (the highest category for engineering students). I rowed freshman lightweight crew and participated in various intramural sports.


I regularly teach the following courses:

  • ELEG 306, Digital Signal Processing
  • ELEG 310, Random Signals and Noise
  • EGGG 101 (I'm in charge of the ECE portion of this class).

Over the years, I have also taught analog and digital circuits and graduate courses in communications, signal processing, and information theory.


I've published over 100 papers in various journals and technical conferences. See Publications for the list.

My main research areas are the following:

  • Information security, principally steganography, steganalysis, and message authentication.
  • Signal and Image Processing, principally linear and nonlinear filtering, lossless and lossy data compression.
  • Computational Algorithms for robust regression, L1 estimation, and order statistic probabilities.

I have three patents:

  • U. S. Patent #8770998, “Safety System Electrical Connection and Methods,” C. G. Boncelet Jr, 2014.
  • U. S. Patent #6557103, “Spread Spectrum Image Steganography,” C. G. Boncelet Jr., L. M. Marvel, and C. T. Retter.
  • U. S. Patent #6556689, “Watermarking Methods for Digital Images and Videos,” X. Xia, C. G. Boncelet Jr., and G. Arce.


I consult in various ways. Please contact me for more details.

  • Yearly with NSF on various signal processing and communications panels.
  • Patent Infringement. Over the past decade or so, I have worked with a number of law firms as an expert witness in various cases in wireless communications, signal processing, and data compression.
    • Covington & Burling
    • Ropes & Gray
    • Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher
    • Kirkland & Ellis (twice)
    • Cooley, Godward, & Kronish
    • McCarter & English
  • Digital signal processing and data analysis. I am expert in these technical areas and programming in Matlab, Python, and R.


I have started a blog focusing on

  1. Python and IPython applications in signal processing, probability, and data analysis.
  2. Teaching and curriculum development.
  3. Golf and baseball (can't work all day!)
  4. Current events (issues, not people).


I am married with two adult children. I enjoy various hobbies: golf, bicycling (on a recumbent), basketball, tennis, hiking and camping, and a bit of woodworking.

Curriculum Vitae

My CV can be found here.