Al Bovik holds the Cockrell Family Endowed Regents Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is Director of the Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE). He is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Institute for Neuroscience. His research interests include image and video processing, digital television and digital cinema, computational vision, and visual perception. He has published over 750 technical articles in these areas and holds several U.S. patents. His publications have been cited more than 45,000 times in the literature, his current H-index is about 75, and he is listed as a Highly-Cited Researcher by Thompson Reuters. His several books include the companion volumes The Essential Guides to Image and Video Processing (Academic Press, 2009).
Dr. Bovik received Television’s highest honor, an individual Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (The Television Academy) in October 2015, for his work on the development of video quality prediction models which have become standard tools in broadcast and post-production houses throughout the television industry. He has also 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 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 Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award (2015) and the Hocott Award for Distinguished Engineering Research (2008), both from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, 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, the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the Society of Photo-Optical and Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and is a member of both the Television Academy (ATAS) and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). He co-founded and was the longest-serving Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (1996-2002), created and served as the first General Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, held in Austin, Texas, in November, 1994, along with numerous other professional society activities, including: Board of Governors, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 1996-1998; Editorial Board, The Proceedings of the IEEE, 1998-2004; and Series Editor for Image, Video, and Multimedia Processing, Morgan and Claypool Publishing Company, 2003-present. 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