Penn State Harrisburg

Aldo W. Morales, Ph.D.

· Professor of Electrical Engineering, Science, Engineering, and Technology
· Co-Director, Center for Signal Integrity

Biography

Dr. Aldo Morales has been a faculty member at Penn State Harrisburg (PSH) since August 2001 and is currently a professor of the Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology programs. Prior to joining PSH, he taught at Penn State DuBois. In addition, he was a Teaching Assistant and then Research Assistant at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo)

Dr. Morales co-founded the Center for Signal Integrity at Penn State Harrisburg. Under his leadership, he obtained funds from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Pennsylvania in the amount of $800K, augmented later by another $200K from Center member companies. Companies that belong to the center are: FCI, Samtec, Phoenix Contact, Berk-Tek, Souriau and others. He also works closely with Agilent technologies.

Dr. Morales has been honored for his technical achievements. For example, by the 2007 International Conference on Consumer Electronics, Las Vegas, Nevada with the best poster award for the paper “Transmitter Pre-emphasis and Adaptive Receiver Equalization for Duobinary Signaling in Backplane Channels.” In addition, by IEEE-Asia Pacific Conference on Circuits and Systems in 1996, for his paper “Basis Matrix Representation of Morphological Filters with N-Dimensional Structuring Elements.” He was also finalist in DesignCon 13, Santa Clara for his paper “A Rapid Prototyping of FPGA-Based Duobinary Transmitter/Receiver for High Speed Electrical Backplane Transmission.” In addition, he was honored by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council with the Technical Achievement Award 2009. Dr. Morales is also active in getting grants to support the educational enterprise. He obtained $600K, as Co-PI, from the National Science Foundation (NSF), to encourage women and minority students to enroll in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees at Penn State. Dr. Morales is also involved coordinating local high school robotics competitions. Dr. Morales was honored twice by Penn State: Educator of the Year (1998) and Penn State Engineering Society’s Outstanding Teaching Award (1999).

Dr. Morales organized (or co-organized) several international conferences. He was the Technical Chair, General Chair, 2009 and 2010, respectively for the International Conference in Consumer Electronics, which is co-sponsored by the IEEE and Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). He was also the Co-Chair of the 2012 International Symposium on Consumer Electronics, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was featured in Penn State’s Outreach Magazine, indicating that Dr. Morales “provides the community and regional industries with opportunities to expand their skills in the electrical engineering field.”

Affiliations
  • Senior Member of IEEE
  • Member of ASEE

Research Interests

  • Signal Integrity
  • FPGA Implementation for high speed applications
  • Communications
  • Signal, Image and Video Processing
  • Wavelets
  • Mathematical Morphology and Non-linear signal processing
  • Neural Networks

Courses Taught

  • EE 551 Wavelets, Filter Banks, and Multi-resolution Analysis
  • EE 553 Topics in Digital Signal Processing
  • EE 560 Probability, Random Variables, and Stochastic Processes
  • EE 568 Digital Communications I
  • EE 314 Signals and Circuits II
  • EE 315 Electrical Signals and Circuits with Lab
  • EE 352 Signals and Systems: Continuous and Discrete-Time
  • EE 453 Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing
  • EE 456 Introduction to Neural Networks
  • EE 458 Digital Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • EE 460 Communication Systems II
  • EET 311 Alternating Current Circuits
  • EET 312 Electric Transients
  • CMPEN 271 Introduction to Digital Systems
  • CMPEN 275 Digital Design Laboratory
  • CMPSC 436 Communications and Networking

Publications and Research

  • A. Morales and R. Acharya, "Statistical Analysis of Morphological  Openings", IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 41, No. 10, October  1993, pp. 3052-3056.
  • S. J. Ko and A. Morales, "Training Grayscale Structuring Elements Using  Fuzzy Sets and Neural Networks", in Robotics and Manufacturing, "Recent  Trends in Research, Education and Applications," ASME Press Series, Volume 4.  Edited by M. Jamshidi, New Mexico, November 1992.
  • S.J. Ko, A. Morales and K.H. Lee, "Block Basis Matrix Implementation of  the Morphological Open-Closing and Close-Opening," IEEE Signal Processing  Letters, Vol. 2, No. 1, January 1995, pp. 7-9.
  • A. Morales, Raj Acharya and S.J. Ko, "Morphological Pyramids with  Alternating Sequential Filters," IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Vol.  4, No. 7, July 1995, pp. 965-977.
  • S.J. Ko, A. Morales and K.H. Lee, "Fast Implementation Algorithm and  Bit-serial Realization for Grayscale Morphological Opening/Closing,'' IEEE  Transactions on Signal Processing, December 1995.
  • S.J. Ko, A. Morales and K.H. Lee, "Fast Recursive Algorithms for  Morphological Operators Based on the Matrix Representation'', IEEE  Transactions on Image Processing, Special Issue on Nonlinear Filtering, Vol  5, No. 6, June 1996.
  • K.H. Lee, A. Morales and S.J. Ko, "Adaptive Basis Matrix for the  Morphological Function Processing Opening and Closing'', IEEE Transactions on  Image Processing, Vol 6, No. 5, May 1997.
  • K.H. Lee, B.Y. Choi, A. Morales and S.J. Ko, "Basis Matrix Representation  of Morphological Filters with N-Dimensional Structuring Elements", Journal of  Circuits, Systems and Computers, Vol. 7, No. 4, Dec 1997; also Proc. of IEEE  Asia Pacific Conference of Circuits and Systems, November 1996. Best paper  award at the Conference.
  • K. S. Choi, A. Morales, and S. J. Ko, “Design of Linear Combinations of  Weighted Medians”, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 49, No. 9,  September 2001.
  • A. Morales, E. Boman, and S. J. Ko, “An Efficient Algorithm to  Calculate the Sample and Rank Selection Probabilities for Weighted Median  Filters,” IEEE Signal Processing Letters, May 2002.
  • Y. Kim, J. S. Lee, A. Morales and S.J. Ko, “A Video Camera System with  Enhanced Zoom Tracking and Auto White Balance,” IEEE Transactions on  Consumer Electronics, Vol. 48, No. 3, August 2002.
  • Aldo Morales and Sedig Agili, “Using a MATLAB-based SPIHT Algorithm in  Image Compression,” Computers in Education Journal, January-March 2005.
  • J.W. Kim, G.R. Kwon, H.H. Kim, Aldo Morales and S.J. Ko, “Efficient  Transcoding Technique for QoS-Based Home Gateway Service,” IEEE  Transactions on Consumer Electronics, February 2006. pp. 129-137.
  • J. Reagan, S. Agili and Aldo Morales, “Using a Digital Signal Processor  for Real Time Implementation of a Tuning Device,” Computers in Education  Journal, April-June, 2006.
  • S. Agili, V. Balasubramanian and A. Morales “ A Semi-automatic Region  of Interest Identification Algorithm Using Wavelets” Optical Engineering,  March 2007.
  • Sedig Agili, David B. Bjornberg and Aldo Morales “Optimized Search Over  the Gabor Dictionary for Note Decomposition and Recognition” Journal of the  Franklin Institute, April 18, 2007.
  • David Chandler, Jeffrey Garstecki and Aldo Morales, “Obtaining Quartz  Crystal Frequencies From Deterministic Temperatures and Random Angle  Variations,” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and  Frequency Control, Vol. 54, No. 7, pp. 1475-1481, July 2007.
  • Tao V. Nguyen, Aldo Morales, and Sedig Agili, "Characterization of  Differential Via Holes Using Equivalent Circuit Extraction Technique,"  International Journal of RF and Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering, 8  pages, October 2007.
  • Matt Lazarowitz and Aldo Morales, “Applications of Mathematical  Morphology in Edge Anti-aliasing Algorithms,” International Journal of  Modern Engineering. Spring/Summer 2008, Volume 8, No. 2.
  • S-H. Park, H-K Kim, A. Morales and S. J Ko “Air-void Analysis System of  Polished Concrete Using Image Processing,” Journal of Applied Computer  Science, 7 pages, Vol. 15, No. 2 (2007), pp. 19-25.
  • S.W. Jung, J.Y. Yoon, H. Choi, Aldo W. Morales and S.J. Ko “A Novel  Post-Processing Algorithm for Parallel-Decoded U-HDTV Video Sequences,”  IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, February 2009.
  • A. Morales and S. Agili “Signal Integrity Challenges,” Editorial  Page, Ingeniare. (Chilean Journal of Engineering) Revista Chilena de  Ingeniería, vol. 17 Nº 1, January-April, 2009, pp. 2-3.
  • P. Idowu, J. Atiyeh, E. Schmitt, and A. Morales, “MATLAB® Tool for  Introducing Basics of Induction Motor Signature (IMCS) Analysis,”  International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education, January, 2010.
  • E. Schmitt, P. Idowu and Aldo Morales “Applications of Wavelets in  Induction Machine Fault Detection”, Ingeniare (Chilean Journal of  Engineering) Revista Chilena de Ingeniería, ISSN 0718-3305 on-line version,  Vol. 18 Nº 2, May - August 2010.
  • T. S. Wang, K.S. Choi, H.S. Jang, A. Morales, S. J. Ko, “Enhanced Frame  Rate Up-Conversion Method for UHd Video,” IEEE Transactions on Consumer  Electronics, Vol. 56, No. 2, May 2010.
  • S. Agili, A. Morales, J. Li and M. Resso, “Finding the Probability  Distribution Functions of S-Parameters and Their Monte Carlo Simulation,”  IEEE Trans. on Instrumentation & Measurement, November 2012.
  • S. Agili, A. Morales, J. Li and M. Resso, “Modeling Relative Humidity  and Temperature Effects on Scattering Parameters in Transmission Lines,”  IEEE Trans. on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, Nov.-Dec.,  2012.