Antonio Ortega received the Telecommunications Engineering degree from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain in 1989 and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York, NY in 1994. At Columbia he was supported by a Fulbright scholarship.
In 1994 he joined the Electrical Engineering-Systems department at the University of Southern California (USC), where he is currently a Professor. He currently serves as Associate Chair of EE-Systems and as was previously a director of the Signal and Image Processing Institute at USC. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of ACM. He has been Chair of the Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing (IMDSP) technical committee and a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (2002). He has been technical program co-chair of ICIP 2008, MMSP 1998 and ICME 2002. He has been Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, the IEEE Signal Processing Letters and the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. He received the NSF CAREER award, the 1997 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award, the IEEE Signal Processing Society 1999 Magazine Award, the 2006 EURASIP Journal of Advances in Signal Processing Best Paper Award, and the ICIP 2011 best paper award.
His research interests are in the areas of multimedia compression, communications and signal analysis. His recent work is focusing on distributed compression, multiview coding, error tolerant compression, wavelet-based signal analysis and information representation in wireless sensor networks. His work at USC has been or is being funded by agencies such as NSF, NASA, DOE, as well as a number of companies. Over 30 PhD students have completed their PhD thesis under his supervision at USC and his work has led to over 250 publications in international conferences and journals.