Bresler: Founder Professor in Engineering

Professorship: Founder Professor in Engineering

In 2013 the University of Illinois announced the establishment of the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative, a $100 million investment in the future of Engineering at Illinois. Supported by a pledge from The Grainger Foundation, this initiative will have far-reaching impact in several ECE research areas and the educational mission of the department. In particular, the initiative will focus on supporting research in the areas of big data and bioengineering.

The initiative will provide source funds to endow 35 professorships and chairs. Twenty-six of these will focus specifically on the areas of big data and bioengineering, and many will go toward recruiting senior faculty to Illinois in these research areas.

Faculty: Yoram Bresler

Yoram Bresler
Yoram Bresler

Yoram Bresler received the B.Sc. (cum laude) and M.Sc. degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in 1974 and 1981 respectively, and the Ph.D degree from Stanford University, in 1986, all in Electrical Engineering. In 1987 he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently a GEBI Founder Professor of Engineering at the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Bioengineering, and professor at the Coordinated Science Laboratory. He is also President and Chief Technology Officer at InstaRecon, Inc., a startup he founded to commercialize breakthrough technology for tomographic reconstruction developed in his academic research. His current research interests include multi-dimensional and statistical signal processing and their applications to inverse problems in imaging, and in particular compressed sensing and computed tomography, and machine learning in signal processing.

Dr. Bresler has served on the editorial board of several journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, the IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing, Machine Vision and Applications, and the SIAM Journal on Imaging Science. He has also served on various committees of the IEEE, including the Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee, Biomaging and Signal Processing Technical Committee, and the Awards Board of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Dr. Bresler received two Best Journal Paper Awards from the IEEE Signal Processing society, and two paper he coauthored with his students received the Young Author Best Paper Award from the same society in 2002 and in 2016. He is the recipient of a 1991 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Technion (Israel Inst. of Technology) Fellowship in 1995, and the Xerox Senior Award for Faculty Research in 1998. He was named a University of Illinois Scholar in 1999, appointed as an Associate at the Center for Advanced Study of the University in 2001-2, and Faculty Fellow at the National Cener for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in 2006. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineers (AIMBE).