Paul Hursky

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Paul Hursky is a principal scientist and chief engineer for Heat, Light, and Sound Research Inc, a small business located in San Diego, and focusing on underwater acoustics, including signal processing, wave propagation modeling, underwater acoustic communications, marine mammal observations (by processing their vocalizations), and ambient noise predictions in the ocean.

Paul can be reached at:

(858) 457-0800, ext. 103

Research Interests

  • Detection and Estimation


Paul Hursky received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978and 1980, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of California, San Diego in 2001.
From 1980 to 1999, he was with Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company, in Burbank and SanDiego, CA, where he worked on signal processing algorithm development for sonar systems. From 1999 to 2004, he was with Science Applications International Inc., where he worked on advancedconcepts for underwater acoustic applications. From 2004 to the present, he hasbeen with Heat, Light, and Sound Research Inc., a company he helped start. He now works on research topics in underwater acoustics, including acoustic propagation modeling, model-based signal processing, marine mammal tracking, and acoustic communications. Dr. Hursky is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing, Ocean Engineering, and Information Theory Societies, and the Acoustical Society of America.