PLEN-1: Jelena Kovačević: Our Hidden Figures

All times are Eastern Time (Toronto / New York)
Friday, 4 June, 09:00 - 10:00 (Toronto Local Time, EDT, UTC -4)
Jelena Kovačević William R. Berkley Professor and Dean
NYU Tandon School of Engineering


Our Hidden Figures

Dr. Kovacevic will share her personal story and thoughts on how her thinking transformed on the subject over the years starting as a little “math geek”, through high-school and university years, followed by PhD at Columbia University and her career since. She will share how the position of Department Head of ECE at Carnegie Mellon helped evolve her thinking and what she is doing as the Dean of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Jelena Kovačević received a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University. She then joined Bell Labs, followed by Carnegie Mellon University in 2003, where she was currently the Hamerschlag University Professor and Head of the Department of ECE, and a Professor of BME. She is currently the William R. Berkley Professor and Dean of the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University. She received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award, Dowd Fellowship at CMU, Belgrade October Prize, and the E.I. Jury Award at Columbia University. She has co-authored a number of award-winning papers and is a coauthor of the textbooks Wavelets and Subband Coding and Foundations of Signal Processing. Dr. Kovačević is the Fellow of the IEEE and was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. She was a keynote speaker at a number of meetings and has been involved in organizing numerous conferences. Her research interests include applying data science to a number of domains such as biology, medicine and smart infrastructure; she is an authority on multiresolution techniques, such as wavelets and frames.