March 2023 Beacon

James Preisig and Peter Gerstoft—Elevation to IEEE Fellow in 2023

Andrew Singer, OES Fellow Evaluation Committee Chair

Peter camped on the Ross Ices Shelf in Antarctica in 2014 where he and colleagues installed seismometers to monitor the health of the ice shelf with noise. They slept in these one-person tents with big mattresses and sleeping bags. The research results eventually made it to Stephen Colbert’s Daily Show. While Jim has undertaken many data collection exercises at sea for his research and that of his colleagues, he is shown here in a decidedly more formal pose.

We are delighted to announce that two long-time OES members, James Preisig (known to many as Jim) and Peter Gerstoft were elevated to the rank of IEEE Fellow in the class of 2023. The fellow elevation recognizes Jim “for contributions to underwater acoustic communication channel modeling, signal processing and performance prediction,” and recognizes Peter “for contributions to environmental signal processing and geo-acoustic array processing.”

Jim received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT, USA, in 1980, his S.M. and E.E. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 1988, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical and ocean engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering, Woods Hole, MA, USA, in 1992. He was a Postdoctoral Investigator with WHOI from 1992 to 1994 and a Visiting Assistant Professor with Northeastern University from 1994 to 1997. From July 1997 through November 2014, he was a member of the scientific staff with the Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, WHOI, and received Tenure in August 2005. He currently holds an Emeritus Scientist Appointment with the Department of Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, WHOI. In September 2013, he founded JPAnalytics LLC, a small business focused on developing innovative signal modeling, analysis, and processing techniques that address challenging signal processing problems. His research interests are in the areas of adaptive signal processing, system identification, underwater acoustic propagation modeling, underwater acoustic communications and array processing, numerical optimization, and the development of embedded signal processing systems. Jim is the recipient of the 1999 Office of Naval Research Ocean Acoustics Young Faculty Award and is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). He is a member of the ASA’s Underwater Acoustics and Signal Processing Technical Committees and served on the ASA’s Membership Committee. He has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering and as a member of the IEEE Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Technical Committee.

Peter’s research focuses on data-driven computational geophysics and within these fields, he further covers the subtopics of applied signal processing, inverse methods, mathematical models, extracting information from noise, and machine learning. He currently focuses on developing new sensing techniques using large array sensor data. Data science methods (big data/machine learning) as well as compressive sensing are focuses of his for sensing the physical environment where he applies these techniques to observing tsunamis, earthquakes, traffic, Antarctic signals, as well as extracting environmental information from noise.

Peter received the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. from the Technical University of Denmark, (in Structural Engineering) Lyngby, Denmark, in 1983 and 1986, respectively, and also the M.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, in 1984. From 1987-1992 he was employed at Ødegaard and Danneskiold-Samsø, Copenhagen, Denmark, working on forward modeling and inversion for seismic exploration, and from 1989-1990 he was Visiting Scientist in Ocean Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Cape Cod. From 1992-1997 he has been a Senior Scientist at NATO CMRE La Spezia, Italy, where he developed the SAGA inversion code, which is used for ocean acoustic and electromagnetic signals. Since 1997, he has been with Marine Physics Laboratory, University of California San Diego. His research interests include global optimization, modeling, and inversion of acoustic, elastic, and electromagnetic signals.

In addition to his recent elevation as IEEE fellow, Peter is a Fellow of Acoustical Society of America, and elected member of the International Union of Radio Science, Commission F.

Please join me in congratulating Jim and Peter for this honor that also shines a light on the entire OES community.