January 03, 2007 — Professors Urbashi Mitra and Antonio Ortega of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering have been elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Top: Urbashi Mitra
Bottom: Antonio Ortega
Urbashi Mitra has been at USC since 2001 following six years on the faculty at Ohio State University. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1994. She is co-director of the USC Communications Sciences Institute (CSI). Her research interests are in wireless communications and information theory, sensor networks, underwater acoustic communications, ultrawideband systems, and detection and estimation theory. She has published more than 150 technical papers on these subjects and has graduated six Ph.D. students and guided five post-doctoral scholars. Her citation as IEEE Fellow notes her "contributions to multiuser wideband digital communication systems."
Antonio Ortega has been at USC since 1994, coming from Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. He is a member and past director of the Signal and Image Processing Institute (SIPI) and also serves as Associate Chair of the department. His research interests are in signal analysis and compression, including applications such as image and video coding, information processing in sensor networks and distributed classification/recognition. At USC 18 Ph.D. students have graduated so far under his supervision and along with students and collaborators, he has been the co-author of nearly 200 publications in international journals and conferences. His IEEE Fellow citation notes his "contributions to image and video communications."
The IEEE Fellow title honors people with outstanding professional and technical achievements in the broad fields of electrical engineering. IEEE is the leading technical organization in these fields, with 39 professional societies and publication of 128 transactions, journals and magazines representing a wide spectrum of technical interests. The IEEE traces its history to 1884 and has approximately 365,000 members in over 150 countries.
"I am very pleased that Urbashi Mitra and Antonio Ortega have been honored by their selection as a Fellow of IEEE," said EE-Systems chair Alexander Sawchuk. "Ubli is a recognized authority on multiuser mobile and personal communications, sensor networks, and ultra wideband systems. Antonio is noted for his outstanding work in signal compression theory and applications, particularly for the integration of compression and network technology for efficient, high-quality transmission of multimedia information over the Internet. Our department joins me in congratulating them. Their election is a recognition of their stature in the communications and signal processing technical communities."