Al Bovik holds the Ernest J. Cockrell Endowed Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in The Institute for Neurosciences, and is Director of the Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE). During the Spring of 1992, he held a visiting position in the Division of Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is well known for his many contributions to the fields of image and video processing, vision science, and computational vision. He has published over 750 technical articles in these areas and holds several U.S. patents. His publications have been cited about 40,000 times in the open literature, his current H-index is in the 70s, and he is listed as a Highly-Cited Researcher by Thompson Reuters, indicating one of the top 1% of most-cited researchers within the field of Engineering. He is also the author of The Handbook of Image and Video Processing, Second Edition (Elsevier Academic Press, 2005), Modern Image Quality Assessment (Morgan & Claypool, 2006), The Essential Guide to Image Processing (Elsevier Academic Press, 2009), and The Essential Guide to Video Processing (Elsevier Academic Press, 2009).
Dr. Bovik has received a number of major awards from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, including: the Society Award (2013); the Technical Achievement Award (2005); the Best Paper Award (2009); the Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award (2013); the Education Award (2007); the Distinguished Lecturer Award (2000); the Meritorious Service Award (1998) and (co-author) the Young Author Best Paper Award (2013). He also was named recipient of the Honorary Member Award of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology for 2013, received the SPIE Technology Achievement Award for 2012, and was the IS&T/SPIE Imaging Scientist of the Year for 2011. He is also a recipient of the Hocott Award for Distinguished Engineering Research from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin (2008), the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (2008), the IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000) and two journal paper awards from the Pattern Recognition Society. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), a Fellow of the Society of Photo-Optical and Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).
He has been involved in numerous professional society activities, including: Board of Governors, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 1996-1998; Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 1996-2002; Overview Editor, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 2009-present; Editorial Board, The Proceedings of the IEEE, 1998-2004; Senior Editorial Board, IEEE Journal on Special Topics in Signal Processing, 2005-2009; Associate Editor, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, 1993-1995; Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 1989-1993; Editorial Board, Pattern Recognition, 1988-present; Series Editor for Image, Video, and Multimedia Processing, Morgan and Claypool Publishing Company, 2003-present; and Founding General Chair, First IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, held in Austin, Texas, in November, 1994. His was also the General Chair of the 2014 Texas Wireless Symposium, held in Austin in November of 2014.
Dr. Bovik is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas (License # 114706) and is a frequent consultant to legal, industrial and academic institutions