Professor Roumeliotis Named 2016 IEEE Fellow

January 5, 2016

Department of Computer Science and Engineering Professor, Stergios Roumeliotis, has been named an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for his contributions to visual-inertial navigation and cooperative localization. In particular, his research on spacecraft navigation for NASA using cameras and inertial sensors has recently found numerous applications, such as virtual reality and indoor wayfinding on cell phones, tablets, wearables, and robots. Prof. Roumeliotis is an academic partner of Google’s Project Tango developing 3D motion tracking and mapping algorithms for mobile devices.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Prof. Roumeliotis received the Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1995, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, CA in 1999 and 2000 respectively. From 2000 to 2002 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, CA. Between 2002 and 2013 he was first an Assistant and then an Associate Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, where he is currently a Professor. Furthermore, from 2009 to 2014, he was the Associate Director for Research of the Digital Technology Center (DTC).

Prof. Roumeliotis is the recipient of the Guillermo E. Borja Award (2009), the National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2008), the NSF CAREER award (2006), the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship award (2006-08), the ICRA Best Reviewer Award (2006), and he is the co-recipient of the One NASA Peer award (2006), and the One NASA Center Best award (2006). Papers he has co-authored have received the King-Sun Fu Best Paper Award of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics (2009), the Robotics Society of Japan Best Journal Paper award (2007), the ICASSP Best Student Paper award (2006), the NASA Tech Briefs award (2004), and four of them were Finalists for the IROS Best Student Paper Award (2013), the RSS Best Paper Award (2009), the ICRA Best Student Paper Award (2009), and the IROS Best Paper Award (2006). S.I. Roumeliotis served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics between 2006 and 2010.

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