Prof. K. Max Wong received his BSc(Eng), DIC, PhD, all in electrical engineering, from the University of London, England, in 1969, 1972, and 1974 respectively. He started working at Plessey Telecommunications Research Ltd., England, in 1969. In October 1970 he was on leave from Plessey pursuing postgraduate studies and research at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. In 1972, he rejoined Plessey as a research engineer and worked on digital signal processing and signal transmission. In 1976, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia as an assistant professor, and in 1981, moved to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McMaster as an associate professor. He was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1985 and served as Acting Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1986-87, then as Chairman for two consecutive terms in 1988-94, and again as Chair from 2003-08. Prof. Wong was on leave as Visiting Professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1997-99. He held the NSERC-Mitel Professor of Signal Processing from 2000-2003, and since 2004, he has been the Canada Research Chair in Signal Processing at McMaster University. He has been the leader of the research group Advanced Signal Processing for Communications for many years and was also the director of the Communication Technology Research Centre, a newly founded research establishment funded by the Canadian Foundation of Innovation.


Prof. Wong is recognized as a leading authority in signal processing and is renowned in statistical signal processing and in time-frequency signal analysis and design. He has published over 250 technical papers in leading journals and international conferences. His earlier pioneering researches include the first fast implementation of order statistical filters and high resolution array processing algorithms in unknown noise. He also pioneered the utilization of wavelets and solitons for waveform coding in multi-user data communications. His recent interests include the application of convex optimization techniques in signal processor and communication system design, as well as the application of differential geometry to biomedical signal classification. Prof. Wong holds honorary professorships from Imperial College, London, UK, the Southeast University, and the Chongqing University of Post and Telecomm., China, and from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also been invited as distinguished lecturer by various universities in N. America, Europe and the Far East. In 1995, in a ceremony presided by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, the degree of DSc(Eng) was bestowed upon him by the University of London, England, in recognition of his international authority stature in the area of signal processing. Prof. Wong has also been an associate editor of IEEE Transactions in Signal Processing, an authoritative journal in the field. He has given numerous keynote addresses in international symposiums and workshops, and has been chair of the technical committees of major international conferences. He is the recipient of the Overseas Premium from IEE, UKfor the best paper published in 1989, and is the co-author of the papers which received the “IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Young Author Award” in both 2006 and 2008. He received a medal from the International Biographical Centre, UK, for his contributions to the research and education of signal processing and was honoured with the inclusion of his biography in the two books: Outstanding People of the 20th Century and 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century published by IBC to celebrate the arrival of the new millennium. In 2009, Prof. Wong was named a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. In 2010, he was named a recipient of the prestigious International Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and was received in Berlin by Horst Köhler, President of the Federal Republic of Germany. Prof. Wong was elected a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to the research of sensor array and multi-channel signal processing. He is also a Fellow of IEE, a Fellow of Inst. of Physics, and a Fellow of Royal Statistical Society, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.  Since 2007, he has also been elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, as well as Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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