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Profs. Bovik, Heath and students Receive IEEE Signal Processing Society Paper Awards

Texas ECE professors Alan C. Bovik and Robert Heath, along with their former students, have received two IEEE Signal Processing Society Paper Awards. This is the second time in four years that Texas ECE garners at least two awards, including a major award, at the IEEE SPS ICASSP conference. Established in 1948, the IEEE Signal Processing Society is the world’s foremost society for signal processing scientists and professionals. The IEEE SPS serves its members through high quality publications, conferences, technical and educational activities, and leadership opportunities. The winning papers and their respective awards are as follows:

2016 SPS Sustained Impact Paper Award

Zhou Wang, Alan Conrad Bovik, Hamid Rahim Sheikh and Eero P. Simoncelli, “Image Quality Assessment: From Error Visibility to Structural Similarity,” IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Volume 13, No. 4, April 2004,

2016 SPS Young Author Best Paper Award

Ahmed Alkhateeb, Omar El Ayach, Geert Leus and Robert W. Heath, Jr., “Channel Estimation and Hybrid Precoding for Millimeter Wave Cellular Systems,” IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, Volume 8, No. 5, October 2014,

Prof. Bovik’s award is particularly noteworthy as it speaks to the continuing and long-lasting impact of his work on image and video quality assessment. This work has been recognized by numerous other awards, including his recent Emmy award. 

Bovik, Heath, and their former students will receive the awards during the Opening Ceremony of ICASSP 2017 in March, to be held in New Orleans.

Alan C. Bovik holds the Cockrell Family Endowed Regents Chair #4 at Texas ECE, is a faculty member at the Institute for Neuroscience, and Director of the Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE). Bovik is a Fellow of IEEE, the Optical Society of America (OSA), and the Society of Photo-Optical and Instrumental Engineers (SPIE), as well as a member of the Television Academy (ATAS) and the national Academy of Television Arts (NATAS). He has been the recipient of many awards, including the Signal Processing Society Award for 2013, Honorary Member Award of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology for 2013, and the Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award for 2015.

Robert Heath is a Texas ECE Cullen Trust Endowed Professor, Fellow of IEEE, and is a member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He is also president and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc. and Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC. Dr. Heath was a co-author of best paper IEEE GLOBECOM 2015, 2010 and 2013 EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking best paper awards, the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine best paper award, a 2013 Signal Processing Society best paper award, the 2014 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing best paper award,  the 2014 Journal of Communications and Networks best paper award, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, and the 2016 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award.