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Professor William (Bill) Fitzgerald

Professor William (Bill) Fitzgerald

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

Bill joined the Department of Engineering in August 1990, having previously worked for Marconi. He was a Fellow of Christ’s College and became Professor of Applied Statistics and Signal Processing in 2002. Bill held a BSc, MSc and PhD in Physics from the University of Birmingham. He had also held academic positions at the Institut Laue Langevin in Grenoble, France, and the ETH in Zurich.

He worked on Bayesian inference applied to signal and data modelling in addition to nonlinear signal processing, image restoration and medical imaging, extreme value statistics, bio-informatics, data mining and data classification. His particular interest was in the applications of Sequential Monte Carlo (particle filtering) methods to signal processing and communication problems. Bill made many contributions in the applications of Bayesian theory in signal processing and this was recently recognised by the award of the EURASIP Technical Achievement Award.

Our thoughts are with his wife Marianne and his sons at this difficult time.