Professorship: Founder Professor in Electrical and Computer 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

ECE Professor 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 Professor at the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Bioengineering, and Research Professor at the Coordinated Science Laboratory. His current research interests include compressed sensing, multi-dimensional and statistical signal processing and their applications to inverse problems in imaging, and computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, in particular.

Dr. Bresler was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions for Image Processing in 1992-93, on the editorial board of Machine Vision and Applications in 1991-2004,  a member of the IEEE Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee in 1994-1998, and served on the Awards Board of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Currently he is on the IEEE Biomaging and Signal Processing Technical Committee, and on the editorial boards for the IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Journal on Imaging Sciences.

In 1988 and 1989 he received the Senior Paper Awards from the IEEE Signal Processing society, and a paper he coauthored with one of his students received the Young Author Award from the same society in 2002. 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, and appointed as an Associate at the Center for Advanced Study of the University in 2001-2. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the AIMBE.