Henrique (Rico) Malvar, a member of the Ming Hsieh Department Electrical Engineering Advisory Board, was recently elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Membership in the academy is the highest professional distinction that can be accorded an engineer. Members are elected to the academy by their peers for having distinguished themselves in research, technical positions and leadership in industry, government and academia.
Dr. Malvar is Chief Scientist and Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, and Director of the Microsoft Research Laboratory in Redmond, WA. As a Director at Microsoft Research, he oversees the activities of several research groups which include: Adaptive Systems and Interaction, Communication and Collaboration Systems, Data Management, Exploration and Mining, Databases, Interactive Visual Media, Knowledge Tools, Machine Learning and Applied Statistics, Natural Language Processing, Speech Technology, and Text Mining, Search, and Navigation.
He has made numerous technical contributions digital audio, image and data compression, video transformation and quantization, many of which have been adopted as international standards. His technical interests include signal enhancement and compression, multirate signal processing, signal decompositions (filter banks, transforms, wavelets), fast algorithms, coding theory, and electronic circuits and hardware. He has more than 120 publications and 50 patents in these areas.
Dr. Malvar is also IEEE Fellow, a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis and a former Associate Editor of the journal IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing He received the Young Scientist Award from the Marconi International Fellowship in 1981, the Best Paper Award in Image Processing from the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 1992, and the 2002 Technical Achievement Award, also from the IEEE SP Society. Dr. Malvar holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Before Joining Microsoft in 1997, he was a faculty member at the University of Brasilia for 14 years and Vice President of Research and Advanced Development at PictureTel Corporation.