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IEEE Honors Army-Funded Researcher for Signal Processing

Dec. 27, 2019
The IEEE is recognizing Dr. Rama Chellappa of the University of Maryland for innovative research in signal processing by awarding the Army-funded university professor with the 2020 IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal.

The IEEE is recognizing U.S. Army-funded researcher Dr. Rama Chellappa for his work in the field of signal processing. The distinguished university professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maryland will be formally honored with the 2020 IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal in May 2020 at an awards ceremony in Vancouver, BC. The IEEE board of directors specifically cited Chellappa’s “contributions to image and video processing, especially applications to face recognition.” The IEEE established the award in 1995 to honor Jack S. Kilby a pioneer in digital signal processing (DSP). Chellappa is part of a research team funded by the Army and led out of Johns Hopkins University. Its research on data analysis has potentially far-reaching impact on machine learning (ML) and data science, attempting to develop improved algorithms for facial and general object recognition to enhance computer decision-making and situational awareness.

“The ability to break down data into semantic nuggets is profoundly important to quickly interpreting scene images and to making informed and intelligent decision making for autonomous agents,” said Dr. Hamid Krim, program manager, information processing and fusion at the Army Research Office. “That could hence lead to new technologies for reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence, robotic perception, precision targeting, counter-terrorism and homeland security.” Chellappa has a permanent appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, where he does much of his research.

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Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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