George Mason University
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George Mason University

Jill Nelson

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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  • 703-993-1598 (office)
  • Nguyen Engineering Building, 3216
    4400 University Drive, MS 1G5
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Jill Nelson is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University. Dr. Nelson's research focus is in statistical signal processing, machine learning, and detection and estimation. She has considered applications in target tracking, intelligent sonar systems, and physical layer communications. Her work on sonar tracking and automation is funded by the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Nelson also conducts research in engineering education and STEM faculty development, funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Nelson is a 2010 recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and the IEEE Signal Processing, Communications, and Education Societies.


BS, Electrical Engineering, Rice University (1998)

BA, Economics , Rice University (1998)

MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois (2001)

PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois (2005)

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Faculty Rank: Associate Professor

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2013 - 2016 : Designing Teaching: Scaling up the SIMPLE Design Framework for Interactive Teaching Development. Funded by National Science Foundation.

2010 - 2015 : CAREER: Detection and Estimation in Complex and Uncertain Environments. Funded by National Science Foundation.

2012 - 2014 : Incorporating Probabilistic Feature Information in the Tree-Search Tracker and in Other Bayesian Inference Based Tracking Techniques. Funded by Office of Naval Research.

Research Interests

Digital Signal Processing, Statistical Signal Processing, Communications, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, Detection, Estimation and Tracking, Wireless and Optical Communications, Adaptive Signal Processing