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Awards (Reverse Chronological)

  • LIVE alumnus Dr. Kalpana Seshadrinathan received the Best Paper Award for Industry at the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, held in Beijing, China, in September 2017.

  • LIVE Alumnus Hamid Sheikh along with Al Bovik received a 2017 Google Scholar Classic Paper citation (Area: Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition) for their paper “Image information and visual quality,”IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 430-444, February 2006. Google Scholar Classic Papers are highly-cited papers that have stood the test of time, and are among the ten most-cited articles in their area of research published ten years earlier. The main algorithm developed in the paper, called the Visual Information Fidelity (VIF) Index, is a core picture quality prediction engine used to quality-assess all encodes streamed globally by Netflix.

  • LIVE Alumni Hamid Sheikh and Farooq Sabir, along with Al Bovik received a 2017 Google Scholar Classic Paper citation (Area: Signal Processing): “An evaluation of recent full reference image quality assessment algorithms,” IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 15, no. 11, pp. 3440-3451, November 2006. Google Scholar Classic Papers are highly- cited papers that have stood the test of time, and are among the ten most-cited articles in their area of research published ten years earlier. The picture quality database and human study described in the paper, the LIVE Image Quality Database, has been the standard development tool for picture quality research since its first introduction in 2003.

  • Al Bovik is the recipient of the Edwin H. Land Medal for 2017 from The Optical Society and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology. Citation: “For substantially shaping the direction and advancement of modern perceptual picture quality theory, and for energetically engaging industry towards transforming his ideas into global practice.”

  • Al Bovik and two LIVE Alumni: Zhou Wang and Hamid Sheikh received the 2017 IEEE Signal Processing Society Sustained Impact Paper Award, for the paper “Image quality assessment: From error visibility to structural similarity,” published in the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing in April 2004. This award is limited to papers published in an IEEE Signal Processing Society journal at least ten years prior to the award, thereby recognizing sustained impact over many years. As of December 2016, this paper has been cited nearly 14,000 times, making it the most-cited paper ever published in any IEEE Signal Processing Society transactions, journal, magazine, letters, or conference.

  • Al Bovik was named a Highly-Cited Researcher by Thompson Reuters (2016), indicating that he is one of the top 1% of most-cited researchers within the field of Engineering.

  • LIVE alumni Rajiv Soundararajan and Al Bovik received the IEEE Circuits and Systems for Video Technology Best Paper Award of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society for 2016, for the paper “Video Quality Assessment by Reduced Reference Spatio-Temporal Entropic Differencing,” IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 684 – 694, April 2013.Retrospective over the three years leading up to the award.

  • Al Bovik was named a Highly-Cited Researcher by Thompson Reuters (2015), indicating that he is one of the top 1% of most-cited researchers within the field of Engineering.

  • Al Bovik received Television’s Highest Award, an individual Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in October 2015, for his work on the development of video quality prediction models which have become standard tools in broadcast and post-production houses throughout the television industry.

  • LIVE PhD Alumni Professor Zhou Wang and Dr. Hamid Sheikh also received individual Primetime Emmy Awards for this work.

  • Al Bovik received the Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award, The University of Texas at Austin. This is the highest engineering award Honoring professional achievement and leadership given annually to one member of the faculty of the Cockrell School of Engineering, May 2015.

  • Al Bovik was named a Highly-Cited Researcher by Thompson Reuters (2014), indicating that he is one of the top 1% of most-cited researchers within the field of Engineering.

  • Professor Scott Acton of the University of Virginia, and former LIVE PhD student, has been named the next Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.

  • Kalpana Seshadrinathan (LIVE PhD, 2010) recieved the IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award (co-authored with Al Bovik) for 2013, for the paper “Motion tuned spatio-temporal quality assessment of natural videos,” IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 335-350, February 2010. This is the highest young author paper award given by the Society, and is retrospective over the five years leading up to the award.

  • Al Bovik and Zhou Wang (LIVE PhD, 2004) received the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for 2013, for the paper “Mean squared error: Love it or leave it? - A new look at signal fidelity measures,” IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 98-117, January 2009. This is the highest survey paper award given by the Society, and is retrospective over the five years leading up to the award.

  • Al Bovik received the Society Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2013. This is the highest award of any kind given by the IEEE SPS. Citation: “For fundamental contributions to digital image processing theory, technology, leadership and education.”

  • Zhou Wang (LIVE PhD, 2004) was elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) “For Contributions to Perceptual Image Processing and Quality Assessment,” December 2013.

  • Al Bovik received the Honorary Member Award of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, 2014. This is the highest award of any kind given by IS&T. Citation:“For his impact in shaping the direction and advancement of the field of perceptual image processing.

  • Scott Acton (LIVE PhD, 1990) was elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) “For Contributions to Biomedical Image Analysis,” December 2012.

  • Al Bovik received the SPIE Technology Achievement Award, 2012. This is the highest technical honor given by the 17,000 member Society for Photo-Optical and Instrumentation Engineers. Citation: “For Broad and Lasting Contributions to the Field of Perception-Based Image Processing.

  • Al Bovik received the IS&T / SPIE Imaging Scientist of the Year Award, 2011. This is the highest technical honor collaboratively given by these two Societies. Citation:“For his seminal contributions to the computational aspects of biological visual perception, specifically in the areas of image and video quality.

  • Al Bovik was elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), October 2010.

  • Al Bovik and Zhou Wang (LIVE PhD, 2004) received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award for 2009, for the paper “Image quality assessment: From error visibility to structural similarity,” published in the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, volume 13, number 4, pages 600-612, April 2004. This is the highest paper award given by the Society, and is retrospective over the five years leading up to the award.

  • Al Bovik received the Billy and Claude R. Hocott Award for Distinguished Engineering Research, The University of Texas at Austin. This is the highest engineering research award given annually to one member of the faculty of the Cockrell School of Engineering, October 2008.

  • Al Bovik received the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana “For fundamental and enduring technical, educational and service contributions to the field of digital image and video processing,” September 2008.

  • Zhou Wang (LIVE PhD, 2004) and his student Qiang Li received the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, 2008.

  • Al Bovik received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Education Award in 2008. This is the highest education honor given by the Society. Citation: “For Broad and Lasting Contributions to Image Processing, including popular and important image processing books, innovative on-line courseware, and for the creation of the leading research and educational journal and conference in the image processing field.

  • Al Bovik was elected Fellow of the Society of Photo-Optical and Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) “For pioneering technical, leadership, and educational contributions to the field of image processing,”December 2007.

  • Al Bovik was elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America“For fundamental research contributions to and technical leadership in digital image and video processing,” November 2006.

  • Al Bovik received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award, 2005. This is the highest technical honor given by the Society. Citation: “For Broad and Lasting Contributions to the Field of Digital Image Processing.

  • Al Bovik was named the Keys and Joan Curry/Cullen Trust Endowed Chair Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, September 2005-present.

  • Al Bovik was named IEEE Signal Processing Distinguished Lecturer in 2000.

  • Al Bovik received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000.

  • Al Bovik received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award in 1998. This is the highest service honor given by the Society. Citation: “For Broad and Extensive Service Contributions to the Society, and in Particular for the Creation of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing.

  • Al Bovik was elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) “For Contributions to Nonlinear Image Processing,” December 1995.

  • John Jordan (LIVE PhD, 1990) was selected winner of the University of Texas all-campus Outstanding Dissertation Award for 1990 for the dissertation “On Using Chromatic Information in Stereo Correspondence.



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