CMU Portugal Principal Investigator Receives Highest Faculty Distinction at Carnegie Mellon

Jelena Kovačević is collaborating with Early Bird Projects and Dual Degree PhD Programs
Jelena Kovačević  The CMU Portugal Program Principal Investigator (PI) Jelena Kovačević received the title of University Professor, the highest distinction awarded at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), recognizing her international stature and contributions to research and education. Besides Jelena Kovačević, Marlene Behrmann, the George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and member of National Academy of Sciences and Jonathan Caulkins, H. Guyford Stever Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy at the H. John Heinz III College and member of the National Academy of Engineering, among other positions, were also named University Professors.

Jelena Kovačević is the David Edward Schramm University Professor and Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering by courtesy.  

“I am honored and humbled by this distinction. Carnegie Mellon exemplifies the vibrant intellectual environment we strive for in research and education, and I am proud to be part of it,” said Kovačević. 

A CMU faculty member since 2003, Kovačević is an authority on signal processing, multiresolution techniques and wavelet theory with applications in biology, medicine and smart infrastructure. She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and of the European Signal Processing Conference and has co-authored a widely used textbook, “Wavelets and Subband Coding,” as well as a more recent one, “Foundations of Signal Processing.” 

She is a co-author of a top-10 cited paper in the Journal of Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis and a paper on multidimensional filter banks and wavelets that was selected as one of the Fundamental Papers in Wavelet Theory. 

Kovačević received the Belgrade October Prize in 1986, the Eliahu Ibraham Jury Award at Columbia University in 1991 and the 2010 Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award from CMU’s College of Engineering. Her recent work has focused on biomedical imaging, smart infrastructure and graph signal processing. 

Jelena Kovačević has long had ties with the CMU Portugal Program. She was the PhD advisor of Filipe Condessa, a dual degree student at the Instituto Superior Técnico and CMU, who received the best paper award at the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, the world's leading event in its field, in 2015. More recently, she has been involved as the CMU PI of the EarlyBird Project BRIDGE - BRinging multimedia Information for cancer Discovery inGastroenterology Environment, that involves the Instituto de Telecomunicações, the University of Porto and the Instituto Português de Oncologia and is funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. 

The title of University Professor is awarded to professors who represent the intellectual leadership of CMU through their expertise and accomplishments in their respective fields of study.  

In 2014, CMU Portugal Members Manuela Veloso and IreneFonseca were also distinguished with this title. 
 

June 2016   

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