Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Hisashi Kobayashi
Graduate Student
Graduation Year: 
Thesis Title: 
Representation of complex-valued vector processes and their applications to estimation and detection
John Thomas
Current Employer: 
Princeton University (emeritus)

Hisashi Kobayashi is the Sherman Fairchild University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Princeton University since 1986 when he joined the Princeton Faculty as Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He received his BE and ME degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo (1961 and 1963) and worked as a radar system designer for Toshiba, Kawasaki, Japan (1963-65).
In 1965 he came to Princeton University as an Orson Desaix Munn Fellow, earned his Ph.D. in 1967, and joined the IBM Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY as a research staff member of the “coding and signal conditioning” group (1967-70). He became Manager of “Systems measurement & modeling” (1971-74), Senior Manager of “Systems analysis & algorithms” (1974-79) and Department Manager of “VLSI design” (1981-82). He was granted several sabbatical leaves from the IBM Research to accept visiting professorships at UCLA (1969-70); Univ. of Hawaii (1975); Stanford University (1976); Technical University of Darmstadt, West Germany (1979-80); and Free University of Brussels, Belgium (1980). In 1982-86 he served as the Founding Director of IBM Japan Science Institute, now called the IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory
After completing his term as the Dean of Engineering (1986-91) at Princeton, he accepted the NEC C&C Visiting Professorship at the RCAST (Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology), the University of Tokyo (1991-92). Since 1992 he has been regularly teaching "ELE531: Communication networks", "ELE486: Digital communications and networks" and "ELE525: Random Processes for Information Systems" at Princeton. His recent research topics include: queueing and loss network theory; wireless geolocation; EM (Expectation-Maximization) and related algorithms for HSMM (hidden semi-Markov models); ultra wideband (UWB) communications; and network security.
He published “Modeling and Analysis: an introduction to system performance evaluation methodology,” (Addison Wesley, 1978). He has recently completed a new textbook manuscript with Prof. Brian L. Mark of George Mason Univesity, entitled "Modeling and analysis: foundations of system performance evaluation", which will be published later this year from Prentice Hall.
He was a founding member of IFIP Working Group 7.3 "System modeling and analysis", the Founding Editor-in-Chief of an international journal "Performance Evaluation" (Noth-Holland/Elsevier), and an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on Computers (1977-80), and IEEE Trans. on Information Theory (1980-83).
He is a co-recipient of the 2005 Eduard Rhein Technology Award of Germany for his 1969 invention of a high-density digital recording scheme, now widely known as PRML (partial response coding, maximum likelihood decoding). He is an IEEE Fellow (1977), IEEE Life Fellow (2003), and IEICE Fellow of Japan (2004). He received the Humboldt Prize of West Germany (1979) and IFIP’s Silver Core (1980). Kobayashi was elected to the Engineering Acdemay of Japan--Japan's National Academy of Engineering--in 1992.
Kobayashi has served on Advisory Boards of many organizations, including, SRI International, California; NASA, Washington, DC; ISS (Institute of System Science) and KRDL (Kent Ridge Digital Laboratory) of Singapore; ASI (Advance System Institute) of British Columbia, Canada; AIST (Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan; and Executive Committee of "The 21st Century Center of Excellence Program", Ministry of Culture and Education of Japan.