ECE alumnus wins prestigious IEEE Edison Medal
Illinois ECE alumnus Alan Bovik (BS CompE '80, MSEE '82, PhD '84) was recently honored with the IEEE Edison Medal "for pioneering high-impact scientific and engineering contributions leading to the perceptually optimized global streaming and sharing of visual media.”
The Edison Medal is IEEE’s oldest medal, and it is awarded for meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering, or the electrical arts. The IEEE Edison medal was first given to Elihu Thompson in 1909, and recipients since then include Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell, Robert Millikan, Esther Conwell, Vladimir Zworykin, Nick Holonyak, Ray Dolby, and Ursula Keller according to a press release from the University of Texas at Austin.
Bovik has published over 500 technical articles in these areas and holds two U.S. patents. He is also the author of several books, including The Handbook of Image and Video Processing (2005), Modern Image Quality Assessment (2006), The Essential Guide to Image Processing (2008), and The Essential Guide to Video Processing (2008).
Bovik has received a number of awards from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, including the Education Award (2008); the Technical Achievement Award (2005), the Distinguished Lecturer Award (2000); and the Meritorious Service Award (1998). He is also a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000) and two journal paper awards from the international Pattern Recognition Society (1988 and 1993). He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and a Fellow of the Society of Photo-Optical and Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).
Bovik has also served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 1996 to 1998. He co-founded the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and served as its editor in chief from 1996 to 2002. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, holds the Cockrell Family Endowed Regents Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently Director of the Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE).
The award consists of a gold medal, a bronze replica, a certificate, and honorarium. It will be presented to Bovik on May 6, 2022, at the IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit & Honors Ceremony in San Diego.
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