Do: Thomas and Margaret Huang Endowed Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Thomas and Margaret Huang
Thomas and Margaret Huang

Professor Thomas S. Huang came to the University of Illinois in 1980 after having taught at Purdue and MIT. Throughout his career, Professor Huang pursued work in image compression and quality, as well as computer vision and deep learning algorithms to identify images without labels. 

In his long career as a professor of electrical and computer engineering, Prof. Huang was ranked among the world’s most influential researchers.  He mentored more than 100 students and he was an inaugural faculty member at the Beckman Institute.   His wife, Margaret, was his partner in creating a community for Thomas’ students, especially those who lived far from their families.

Before passing away on April 25, 2020,  Professor Huang established the Thomas and Margaret Huang Endowed Professorship in Signal Processing and Data Science in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His wife, Margaret Huang, passed away in January 2020.

Faculty: Minh N. Do

Minh N. Do received the B.Eng. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Canberra, Australia, in 1997, and the Dr.Sci. degree in Communication Systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in 2001. Since 2002, he has been a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and held joint appointments with the Coordinated Science Laboratory, Beckman Institute, Department of Bioengineering, and Department of Computer Science. He received a Silver Medal from the 32nd International Mathematical Olympiad in 1991, University Medal from the University of Canberra in 1997, Doctorate Award from the EPFL in 2001, CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2003, Xerox Award for Faculty Research from UIUC in 2007, and Young Author Best Paper Award from IEEE in 2008. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, and a member of several IEEE Technical Committees on Signal Processing. He was elected as an IEEE Fellow in 2014 for his contributions to image representation and computational imaging. He has contributed to several tech-transfer efforts, including as a co-founder and CTO of Personify and Chief Scientist of Misfit.