Alan Bovik

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Al Bovik
Alan C. Bovik.jpg
Born (1958-06-25) June 25, 1958 (age 60)
Kirkwood, Missouri
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Illinois
Awards

IEEE Fourier Award[1]
Primetime Emmy Award[2]
Edwin H. Land Medal[3]
Scientific career
Fields Digital Television; Image Processing; Vision Science; Video Processing; Image Quality; Computational Neuroscience
Institutions The University of Texas at Austin
Doctoral advisor Thomas Huang
David C. Munson

Alan Conrad Bovik (born June 25, 1958) is an American engineer and vision scientist. He is a Professor at The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), where he holds the Cockrell Family Regents Endowed Chair and is Director of the Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering(LIVE). He is a faculty member in the UT-Austin Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (UT ECE), the Institute for Neuroscience (INS), and the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG).

Bovik won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2015 for his development of video quality measurement tools that are now standards in television production.[4][5][6][7]

Work[edit]

Al Bovik was educated at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (PhD 1984). He has made numerous fundamental contributions to the fields of digital image processing, digital video processing, digital television, digital cinema, and computational visual perception. He is particularly well known for his work on low-level vision, natural scene modeling, image quality, and video quality.[8]

He has published more than 800 books and articles in these areas. He is also the author/editor of The Handbook of Image and Video Processing (Academic Press, 2nd edition, 2005), with Zhou Wang of Modern Image Quality Assessment (Morgan and Claypool, 2006), and he authored/edited the companion books The Essential Guide to Image Processing and The Essential Guide to Video Processing (Academic Press, 2009). Overall, his work has been cited in the scientific and engineering literature more than 75,000 times according to Google Scholar.[9] He is one of the most highly cited engineers in the world (top 1%) according to Thomson-Reuters.[10]

He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of The Optical Society,[11] and a Fellow of the Society of Photo-Optical and Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). He will receive the 2019 IEEE Fourier Award “For seminal contributions and high-impact innovations to the theory and application of perception-based image and video processing.”[12]. He received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development in 2015 [13] (Primetime Emmy Engineering Award) from the Television Academy, for the development of video quality measurement tools that are used throughout the global broadcast, cable, streaming/internet and satellite Television industries. He also received the 2017 Edwin H. Land Medal"For substantially shaping the direction and advancement of modern perceptual picture quality theory, and for energetically engaging industry to transform his ideas into global practice." He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2008.[14]

Bovik is credited with the development of order statistic filters, the image modulation model, computational modeling of visual texture perception, theories of foveated image processing, and for widely used and disseminated image quality and video quality computational models and measurement tools that are used throughout the television and cinematic industries. His contributions include the invention or co-invention of the Emmy Award-winning Structural Similarity (SSIM) video quality measurement tool, the MOVIE Index and the Visual Information Fidelity (VIF) algorithms, all reference models that predict human perception of image quality or distortion; the RRED indices, which are a family of reduced reference image and video quality prediction models, and BRISQUE, BLIINDS, DIIVINE and NIQE, which are a new breed of image and video quality prediction model that produce accurate predictions of human judgments of picture quality without the benefit of any reference information.

Service to the profession[edit]

He served as the Founder and First General Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP). He also co-founded (with David Munson, Jr.) the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (TIP) and remains as its longest-serving Editor-in-Chief with a tenure of six years.

Educational activities[edit]

His academic legacy includes serving as the supervising professor of more than 50 PhD graduates, more than 50 Masters degree recipients, and more than a dozen post-doctoral researchers. He has created widely used, adopted, and cited books and online courseware, including The Handbook of Image and Video Processing (Academic Press, 2000, 2005), Modern Image Quality Assessment (Morgan & Claypool, 2006), The Essential Guide to Image Processing (Academic Press, 2009), and The Essential Guide to Video Processing (Elsevier Academic Press, 2009). His award-winning online courseware is used internationally: SIVA – Courseware for Signal, Image, Video and Audio Processing. This online courseware offers broad, deep online curricula for Digital Image and Video Processing and Digital Signal Processing. SIVA includes hundreds of Signal, Image and Video Processing demonstrations delivering live, interactive audio-visual experiences of signal and image processing algorithms.

Awards[edit]

2019 IEEE Fourier Award[15]
2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development[16]
2017 Edwin H. Land Medal from The Optical Society and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology
2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal[17]
2013 IEEE Signal Processing Society 'Society' Award[18]
2007 IEEE Signal Processing Society Education Award[19]
2005 IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award[20]
2000 IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer Award
1997 IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award[21]
2012 SPIE Technology Achievement Award[22]
2013 IS&T Honorary Member Award[23]
2010 IS&T/SPIE Imaging Scientist of the Year[24]
2009 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award[25]
2013 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award (co-author)[26]
2013 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award[27]
2017 IEEE Signal Processing Society Sustained Impact Paper Award[28]
2017 IEEE Signal Processing Letters Best Paper Award[29]
2018 EURASIP Best Paper Award[30]
2016 IEEE Circuits and Systems for Video Technology Best Paper Award[31]
2017 Google Scholar Classic Paper in the area Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition
2017 Google Scholar Classic Paper in the area Signal Processing
2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign[32]
2009 The University of Texas at Austin Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award[33]
2016 The University of Texas at Austin Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Al Bovik receives IEEE Fourier Award" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Al Bovik receives Primetime Emmy Award". 
  3. ^ "Al Bovik receives Edwin H. Land Medal". 
  4. ^ http://live.ece.utexas.edu/people/bovik/
  5. ^ http://live.ece.utexas.edu/
  6. ^ http://news.utexas.edu/2015/09/30/texas-engineering-team-wins-emmy-for-video-quality-tool
  7. ^ http://www.emmys.com/news/press-releases/honorees-announced-67th-engineering-emmy-awards
  8. ^ http://www.cps.utexas.edu/Research/Bovik/bovik.html
  9. ^ https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=p-PC50wAAAAJ
  10. ^ http://hcr.stateofinnovation.thomsonreuters.com/
  11. ^ http://live.ece.utexas.edu/bovik.php
  12. ^ https://www.ieee.org/content/dam/ieee-org/ieee/web/org/about/awards/recipients/2019_tfa_recipients_and_citations.pdf
  13. ^ http://www.emmys.com/news/press-releases/honorees-announced-67th-engineering-emmy-awards
  14. ^ http://live.ece.utexas.edu/bovik.php
  15. ^ (PDF) https://www.ieee.org/content/dam/ieee-org/ieee/web/org/about/awards/recipients/2019_tfa_recipients_and_citations.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "Primetime Emmy Engineering Award". 
  17. ^ "IEEE Third Millennium Medal". 
  18. ^ "IEEE SPS Society Award" (PDF). 
  19. ^ "IEEE SPS Education Award" (PDF). 
  20. ^ "IEEE SPS Technical Achievement Award" (PDF). 
  21. ^ "IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award" (PDF). 
  22. ^ "SPIE Technical Achievement Award". 
  23. ^ "IS&T Honorary Member Award" (PDF). 
  24. ^ "IS&T/SPIE Imaging Scientist of the Year". 
  25. ^ "IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award" (PDF). 
  26. ^ "IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award" (PDF). 
  27. ^ "IEEE Signal Processing Society Magazine Best Paper Award" (PDF). 
  28. ^ "IEEE Signal Processing Society Sustained Impact Paper Award" (PDF). 
  29. ^ "IEEE Signal Processing Letters Best Paper Award" (PDF). 
  30. ^ "EURASIP Best Paper Award". 
  31. ^ "IEEE Circuits and Systems for Video Technology Best Paper Award". 
  32. ^ "University of Illinois Distinguished Alumnus Award". 
  33. ^ "UT Austin Hocott Award". 
  34. ^ "UT-Austin Joe J King Award".