Principal Investigator Receives Highest Faculty Distinction at Carnegie Mellon
Jelena Kovačević is collaborating with Early Bird Projects and Dual Degree PhD Programs
||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
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
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
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.
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