|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2010)|
|Fields||electrical engineering, biomedical engineering|
|Alma mater||National Technical University of Athens
University of California, Berkeley
|Known for||MPEG-2 technology|
|Notable awards||IEEE Fellow|
Dimitris Anastassiou is an electrical engineer and professor of electrical engineering at Columbia University. Anastassiou's work focuses primarily on signal and information processing and reverse engineering. He also engages in interdisciplinary research, specifically systems biology, with investigators in Columbia's medical center.
Anastassiou has made significant advances in the areas of digital technology. His research resulted in Columbia being the only university to hold patent in MPEG-2 technology, a crucial technique used in all types of digital televisions, DVDs, satellite TV, HDTV, digital cable systems, computer video, and other interactive media.
Anastassiou was born in Athens, Greece in 1952. He received his bachelors of engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. Upon moving to the United States, Anastassiou earned an M.S. and Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley.
Anastassiou was the former director of Columbia University's Image and Advanced Television Laboratory and director of Columbia University's Genomic Information Systems Laboratory. He came to national prominence when he developed the MPEG-2 algorithm for transmitting high quality audio and video over limited bandwidth.
Dimitris Anastassiou is widely recognized in the engineering community. He is an IEEE Fellow, the recipient of IBM Outstanding Innovation Award, and a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator.[not in citation given] Anastassiou is also the recipient of the Columbia University Great Teacher Award.
As of 2009, Dimitris Anastassiou holds 11 U.S. and 8 international patents, which have so far generated up to $100 million in revenues for Columbia University.