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Sanjit Kumar Mitra

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Research Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering

Education

  • 1962, Other, Electrical Engineering, UC - Berkeley
  • 1962, PhD, University of California-Berkeley
  • 1960, Masters, University of California-Berkeley
  • 1960, Masters, Electrical Engineering, UC - Berkeley
  • 1956, Masters, Physics, Univ Calcutta
  • 1956, Other, University of Calcutta-INDIA
  • 1953, Bachelors, Utkal University-INDIA

Biography


Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, 1962, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Dr. Mitra received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Physics from the Utkal University, India in 1953, M.Sc. (Tech.) degree in Radio Physics & Electronics from the University of Calcutta, India in 1958, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, California in 1960 and 1962, respectively. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems as the Stephen and Etta Varra Professor in July 2006. He has published over 640 papers in the areas of analog and digital signal processing, and image processing. He has also authored and co-authored twelve books, and holds five patents.

Dr. Mitra has served IEEE in various capacities including service as the President of the IEEE Circuits & Systems Society in 1986, and has held visiting appointments in Australia, Austria, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Dr. Mitra is the recipient of the 1973 F.E. Terman Award and the 1985 AT&T Foundation Award of the American Society of Engineering Education, the 1989 Education Award, the 2000 Mac Van Valkenburg Society Award and the Golden Jubilee Medal of the IEEE Circuits & Systems Society, the Distinguished Senior U.S. Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany in 1989, the 1996 Technical Achievement Award, the 2001 Society Award and the 2006 Education Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the McGraw-Hill/Jacob Millman Award of the IEEE Education Society in 2001, the 2002 Technical Achievement Award of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP), the 2005 SPIE Technology Achievement Award of the International Society for Optical Engineers, the University Medal of the Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovakia in 2005, and the 2006 James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal of the IEEE. He is the co-recipient of the 2000 Blumlein-Browne-Willans Premium of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (London) and the 2001 IEEE Transactions on Circuits & Systems for Video Technology Best Paper Award. He has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from the Tampere University of Technology, Finland, the Technical University of Bucharest, Romania, and the Technical University of Iasi, Romania. He is an Honorary Professor of the Northern Jiaotong University, Beijing, China and the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He was appointed an Honorary Citizen of Cluj-Napoca, Romania in 2007. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences, an Academician of the Academy of Finland, a foreign member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, a foreign member of the Academy of Engineering, Mexico, a foreign fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a foreign fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India. Dr. Mitra is a Fellow of the IEEE, AAAS, and SPIE, and a member of EURASIP



Research Summary


Digital signal, image and video processing, data compression, image and video enhancement, image analysis, mixed analog-digital signal processing

Awards


  • 1973 IEEE Elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • 1973 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) F.E. Terman Award of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • 1973 the Japan Society for Promotion of Science Visiting Professor Award
  • 1975 the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Science Foundation) Visiting Professor Fellowship
  • 1982 Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia Visiting Fellow
  • 1982 the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 1983 Organization of American States, Washington, D.C. International Travel Grant to visit and present invited lectures at the National Institute for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Puebla, Pue, Mexico
  • 1983 under a World Bank Development Program Advisor to the Department of Radio Engineering, Beijing University, Beijing, People's Republic of China
  • 1984 Fulbright Distinguished Professor Award for Brazil
  • 1984 Department of Electrical Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland Served as an Opponent for Ph.D. Thesis Defense
  • 1984 Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas Irma L. Runyon Distinguished Lecturer
  • 1985 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) AT&T Foundation Award for Excellence in Instruction of Engineering Students
  • 1985 University of Victoria, B.C., Canada Lansdowne Lecturer
  • 1985 Northern Jiaotong University, Beijing, People's Republic of China Honorary Professor
  • 1986 Fulbright Distinguished Professor Award for Yugoslavia
  • 1986 Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt Distinguished Visiting Professor Award
  • 1987 Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland Doctor Honoris Causa
  • 1988 1988 Education Award of the IEEE Circuits & Systems Society
  • 1988 Kobe University, Kobe, Japan Distinguished Visiting Professor
  • 1988 Fulbright Distinguished Professor Award for Turkey
  • 1990 Alexander von Humboldt Distinguished Senior U.S. Scientist Award
  • 1992 International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Elected Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
  • 1994 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. 1994 Harry Lynde Bradley Distinguished Lecturer
  • 1995 IEEE Signal Processing Society 1995 Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
  • 1996 IEEE Circuits & Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer
  • 1997 Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway Served as an Opponent for Ph.D. Thesis Defense
  • 1997 the Japan Society for Promotion of Science Visiting Professor Award
  • 1998 IEEE Honored as a pioneer in signal processing
  • 1998 IEEE Interviewed forthe IEEE's Oral History Collection
  • 1999 IEEE Circuits & Systems Society 1999 Mac Van Valkenburg Society Award
  • 1999 IEEE Circuits & Systems Society CAS Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal
  • 2000 The Institution of Electrical Engineers, London, U.K. Blumlein-Browne-Willans Premium
  • 2000 The Academy of Finland Academician
  • 2001 IEEE 2001 IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology Best Paper Award
  • 2001 IEEE Signal Processing Society 2001 Society Award
  • 2001 IEEE Education Society McGraw-Hill/Jacob Millman Award
  • 2002 Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences Member
  • 2002 European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) Technical Achievement Award
  • 2002 Croatian Academy of Sciences & Arts, Zagreb, Croatia Foreign Member
  • 2003 Academy of Engineering of Mexico Foreign Member
  • 2003 U.S. National Academy of Engineering Member
  • 2004 “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania Doctor Honoris Causa
  • 2005 The International Society for Optical Engineering SPIE Technical Achievement Award
  • 2005 Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania Honorary Professor
  • 2005 Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, Slovakia University Medal
  • 2006 National Academy of Sciences, India Foreign Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India
  • 2006 Indian National Academy of Engineering Foreign Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering
  • 2006 IEEE Signal Processing Society 2005 Education Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
  • 2006 IEEE 2006 IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal
  • 2007 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona Lecturer, Distinguished Lecture Series
  • 2007 City of Cluj-Napoca, Romania Honorary Citizen
  • 2007 “Gh. Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Iasi, Romania Doctor Honoris Causa
  • 2009 European Assiciation for Signal Processing Athanasios Papoulis Award
  • 2010 Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar Distinguished Lecture Series, Department of Electrical Enginering
  • 2010 Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD Booz/Allen/Hamilton Distinguished Colloquium Lecture
  • 2010 Department of Computer Science, Louisian State University, Baton Rouge, LA Distinguished Lecture Series, Department of Computer Science
  • 2010 Department of Electrical Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel Eliahu Jury Award Lecture
Appointments
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering - Electrophysics

Office
  • Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center
  • 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2564

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-2358
  • skmitra@usc.edu

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