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Dr. Paul B. Crilly

Adjunct Faculty

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Contact Information

Web: Homepage
Mailing Address:
Min H. Kao Building, Room 607
1520 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2250
Office Phone: 865-974-5470
Office Fax: 865-974-5483

Areas of Interest

  • Wireless communications
  • Telemedicine
  • Digital signal processing (DSP)
  • Biomedical DSP
  • Sensors, digital systems, logic design (VHDL), instrumentation


  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 1987
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1978
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1977


  • University of Tennessee: Associate Head, Electrical and Computer Engineering. Coordinate undergraduate affairs, manage assessment process and ABET (accreditation) process, acquire funds for laboratory and instruction. 8/02-pres.
  • University of Tennessee: Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering (promoted & tenured: 7/92). Research and teach in areas of communications, digital signal processing, and computer engineering. 8/89-pres.
  • Knox County Election Commission: Commissioner and Secretary of Elections. 4/01-present.
  • U.S. House of Representatives: AAAS/IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow. Chief Science Advisor for Cong. D. Rohrabacher, Chairman of Space Subcommittee. Major focus on intellectual property. 1/94-7/95.
  • Hewlett Packard Company: Design and development engineer for graphics workstations, biomedical and analytical instrumentation products. Development engineer for the following products: HP-19394A Environmental Analyzer, HP-9845B computer graphics board, HP-7833 EKG (biomedical) monitor. 8/78-8/89.
  • Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley Campus: Adjunct instructor for evening courses. 1984-1989.
  • New Mexico State University: Hewlett-Packard Visiting Professor. 8/82-8/84.


  • U.S. National Institute of Justice
  • U.S. Homeland Security/Oak Ridge Association of Universities
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Biomedical sensors, signal processing
  • EPRY-PEAC: Powerline signal processing
  • Ceramaspeed: Evaluate OEM components, 12/99
  • Widata Corporation: radio propagation
  • Polymore: RF circuits
  • American Alliance for Innovation: Intellectual property
  • U.S. Army, Missile Command
  • Redstone Arsenal: Neural network research
  • The University of Tennessee Medical Center: Biomedical signal processing
  • Have also served as expert witness for product liability cases.


  • Communication Systems, Fourth Edition (2001), McGraw-Hill, Authors: Carlson, Crilly, and Rutledge.
  • Deconvolution, Second Edition (1997). Contributing author for two chapters.


Holder of three patents.

Courses Taught

  • Communications Theory
  • DSP I, II, and III
  • VLSI and Logic Design
  • Signals and Systems
  • Microcomputer Systems
  • Networks
  • Circuits and Electronics
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Numerical Methods

Short Courses

Digital Signal Processing and telecommunications. Taught by invitation at the Escola Federal De Engenharia, Itajuba, Brazil, 1999 and 2001.

Grants and Contracts

Have received funds and equipment worth over $800,000 from the following sources:

  • ORNL
  • DOE
  • TVA
  • IBM
  • Philips Research Laboratory
  • Battelle/US. Army
  • Bell South Foundation
  • Dupont Corporation
  • Altera
  • Cypress Semiconductor
  • Motorola
  • Texas Instruments
  • Space Labs
  • Hewlett-Packard


Nineteen (19) refereed journal papers, 34 conference proceedings, eight invited talks.


  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • Mexico
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand


  • Charles Ferris College Award
  • Outstanding Advisor Award, College of Engineering, 2004, 2007
  • Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teaching Award, 2001, 2003
  • IEEE Senior Member
  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • Tau Beta Pi

Leadership and Service

  • Associate Head, UTK’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Prepared department’s ABET Self-Study that enabled department to obtain ABET Accreditation for Computer Engineering program.
  • Senator, University of Tennessee Faculty Senate, 1997-2000, 2004-present
  • Director and Recording Secretary, Tennessee Inventors Association, 1995 99
  • President/Vice President, IEEE East Tennessee Section, 1991 1993, Director, 1998-1999
  • Faculty Advisor – Tennessee Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, 1991 3; UT Amateur Radio Club, 9/99-present

Editorial Boards

  • IEEE Transactions On Instrumentation and Measurement, 11/89-present
  • Journal of the International Measurement Confederation, 1/98-present
  • IEEE Transactions On Industrial Electronics, 1/91-12/93
  • IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Newsletter, 1/91 1/94
  • Graduate Council, University of Tennessee, (elected). Represent College of Engineering, 8/95-7/98

Selected Journal Papers

  • F. Boughorbal, P. Crilly, A. Koschan, and M. Abidi, “Motion Estimation Without Correspondences Using a Search for the Best Structure,” Pattern Recognition Letters, vol. 24, Jan. 2003
  • P.B. Crilly, E. L. Bonaldi, L.E. Lacarda de Oliveira, and L.B. da Silva, “A Novel Small Signal Power Line Quality Measurment System,” IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference, 5/03.
  • P.B. Crilly, A. Bernardi, P. Jansson L. B. Silva, and, “Improved Speed of Convergence For Jansson’s Iterative Deconvolution Method,” IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, December 2002.
  • S. Horner, W. Holls, and P. Crilly, “A Robust Real-Time Algorithm for Enhancing a No-invasive Fetal Electrocardiogram.” Digital Signal Processing/A Review Journal, 8/95.
  • D. Rohrabacher, and P. Crilly. “The Case For A Strong Patent System” Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, 7/95.
  • P. Crilly. “Error Analysis With Deconvolution Algorithms” IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, 2/93.
  • P. B. Crilly. “A Quantitative Evaluation of Various Iterative Deconvolution Algorithms.” IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, vol. 40, pp. 558-562, 6/91.

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