Three engineering faculty members have been selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to receive honors: Yaakov Bar-Shalom and Bahram Javidi, both of the electrical & computer engineering department, and Sanguthevar Rajasekaran of the computer science & engineering department. Bar-Shalom and Javidi will receive their awards in the fall.
Bar-Shalom, the Marianne E. Klewin Professor in Engineering and a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, was selected to receive the IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications.
The award honors his contributions to “techniques for radar target tracking in clutter.”
An expert in estimation theory and target tracking, Bar-Shalom is credited with originating the probabilistic data association filter for target tracking in a low signal-to-noise ratio environment; pioneering the theoretical information limit for estimation in the presence of false measurements – and an algorithm that meets this limit; and developing the optimal track-to-track fusion equations for real-world asynchronous decentralized surveillance systems.
These tools and tracking paradigms are used worldwide for target detection and tracking by military and national defense organizations.
He has published more than 350 scholarly journal papers and conference proceedings as well as seven books. Bar-Shalom’s work has been cited more than 10,000 times.
Bahram Javidi, a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, was one of five collaborators selected for the 2008 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award.
Javidi’s co-authors on the paper, titled “Three-Dimensional Imaging and Processing Using Computational Holographic Imaging,” were Yann Frauel, Thomas Naughton of the, Osamu Matoba, and Enrique Tajahuerce.
All were post-doctoral students who worked in Javidi’s laboratory at UConn. The paper appeared in the Proceedings of IEEE in March 2006.
The award is presented for the most outstanding survey, review, or tutorial paper published among more than 130 IEEE publications in the preceding year.
Javidi is an expert in three-dimensional optical imaging, display, recognition, and visualization, whose research also encompasses secure information systems, automated visualization and recognition of biological micro/nano organisms using optical systems, biomedical image analysis, photon counting imaging, and communications systems.
His research has applications in image sensing and recognition, homeland security, medicine, and military uses.
Javidi is inventor and co-inventor on 18 U.S. patents.
He has authored or co-authored eight books and 45 book chapters, more than 230 archival journal articles, and more than 290 conference proceedings.
Sanguthevar Rajasekaran, the UTC Chair Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and director of the Booth Engineering Center for Advanced Technology, was among selected for elevation to the rank of IEEE Fellow, effective Jan. 1.
IEEE cited him for “contributions to sequential, parallel, and randomized algorithms and to bioinformatics.”
His areas of expertise encompass applied algorithms, particularly parallel, randomized algorithms and computational geometry.
His work on packet routing is considered seminal, and his studies in integer sorting have helped pioneer new methodologies.
Rajasekaran has now expanded his work into bioinformatics and computational biology.
Rajasekaran has co-authored two textbooks, Computer Algorithms/C++ (1997) and Computer Algorithms (1998), and co-edited five books on algorithms and related topics.
He has also authored 21 book chapters and more than 150 archival journal publications and conference proceedings.
He has secured nine U.S. patents, alone and in collaboration with other researchers