Professor Al Bovik Named IS&T/SPIE Imaging Scientist of the Year
Al bovik Named IST/SPIE Imaging Scientist of the Year' UT ECE Prof. Alan Bovik was named Imaging Scientist of the Year the highest technical honor collaboratively given by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IST), two of the largest academic and industrial societies in the world. In presenting the award, the organizations cited Bovik's 'seminal contributions to the computational aspects of biological visual perception, specifically in the areas of image and video quality. 'Dr. Bovik pioneered the use of new human vision models in image and video processing, and his contributions have deeply enhanced our understanding of the interplay between natural image statistics, eye movement and foveation,' said ECE Department Chair, Dr. Ahmed Tewfik . 'It is a great honor for our department to have Dr. Bovik's work recognized by such esteemed academic and industrial societies.' Bovik holds the Keys and Joan Curry/Cullen Trust Endowed Chair and is noted for developing advanced algorithms to measure the quality of digital images in a manner that agrees with human perception something that was considered an 'impossible problem' before his breakthroughs. Bovik has recently been researching complex algorithms that can determine perceived video quality.