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Ming Hsieh EE Faculty Member Panos Georgiou Elected Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior Member

August 11, 2010 —

Panos Georgiou of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering of the Viterbi School of Engineering was recently elected as Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior Member. Qualifications for this distinction are at least ten years of professional practice and five years of significant performance as demonstrated by substantial engineering responsibility or achievement, publication of engineering and technical papers, books or inventions, and the development and teaching of engineering courses.

Panos received his B.A. and M.Eng degrees with Honors from Cambridge University (Pembroke College), U.K. in 1996. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California in 1998 and 2002 respectively. During the period 1992-1996 he was awarded a Commonwealth scholarship from Cambridge-Commonwealth Trust. Since 2003 he has been a member of the Speech Analysis and Interpretation Lab, first as a Research Associate and currently as Research Assistant Professor.

His interests span the fields of human social and behavioral signal processing. He has worked on and published over 60 papers in the fields of statistical signal processing, alpha stable distributions, speech and multimodal signal processing and interfaces, speech translation, language modeling, immersive sound processing, sound source localization, and speaker identification. He has been an investigator and co-principal investigator on several federally funded projects, notably including the DARPA Transtac “SpeechLinks” and the NSF “An Integrated Approach to Creating Enriched Speech Translation Systems." He is currently serving as guest editor of the Computer Speech and Language journal.

His current research focus is on multimodal environments, behavioral signal processing, and speech-to-speech translation.

Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, chair of the Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering Department-Systems said, "Our department joins me in congratulating Panos Georgiou on his election as IEEE Senior Member. This is an excellent recognition of his accomplishments in signal processing research."