Calit2 academic affiliate Rui J.P. de Figueiredo, electrical engineering and computer science and mathematics research professor, has been awarded the Golomb/Chilingar “Giants of Science and Engineering” Medal of Honor by the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.
The prestigious international honor recognizes de Figueiredo’s sustained fundamental contributions and extraordinary international leadership in science and engineering.
“This award is especially gratifying to me in view of the success of my initiative on advancing the IEEE transnational frontier in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia,” de Figueiredo says.
Those efforts encompassed the development of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering's (IEEE) Circuits and Systems Society in Russia and Eastern Europe, including the establishment of a new IEEE section in St. Petersburg, and the launch of a series of IEEE conferences on communications circuits and systems in Russia, Romania and Serbia.
“It is a pleasure to recall that Calit2 co-sponsored the first of these conferences,” he notes. “I enjoyed presenting myself as a goodwill emissary of the institute, conveying the sense of inclusiveness and international spirit that characterizes Calit2.”
de Figueiredo, a UCI faculty member since 1990, is the director of UCI’s Laboratory for Machine Intelligence and Neural and Soft Computing. His pioneering contributions to the mathematical foundations of linear and nonlinear signal and image processing have led to the development of novel methodologies for a wide range of applications. He is the author of approximately 400 publications, including three books, 17 book chapters, and 380 papers in archival journals and reviewed conference proceedings.
This is de Figueiredo’s third award from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. In 2007, he was elected as a foreign member of the U.S. Section of the academy and awarded its George V. Chilingar Medal of Honor for his contributions to science and engineering; and in 2009 he was awarded by the academy the P. L. Kapitsa Gold Medal for his pioneering contributions to the mathematical foundations and applications of signal processing.
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