Jelena Kovačević

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Head, CMU


Jelena Kovačević is the Hamerschlag University Professor and Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests include biomedical imaging as well as multiresolution techniques such as wavelets and frames.

She received the Dipl. Electr. Eng. degree from the EE Dept., Univ. of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and the MSc. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, New York, NY. She was with Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ. She was a co-founder and Technical VP of xWaveforms, based in New York City, NY. She was also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. In 2003, she joined Carnegie Mellon University.

She is a Fellow of the IEEE and EUSIPCO and a coauthor of the books “Wavelets and Subband Coding”, “Foundations of Signal Processing” and “Fourier and Wavelet Signal Processing”. She coauthored a top-10 cited paper in the Journ. of Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis, a top-100 downloaded paper on IEEE Xplore. Her paper on multidimensional filter banks and wavelets was selected as one of the Fundamental Papers in Wavelet Theory. She received the Belgrade October Prize in 1986, the E.I. Jury Award at Columbia University in 1991, the 2010 CIT Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award from the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and the 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award. She served as an editor for many publications from IEEE, Springer-Birkhauser to SIAM book series.

She was a regular member of the NIH EBIT Study Section and served as a Member-at-Large of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors. She is the past Chair of the Bio Imaging and Signal Processing Technical Committee and on the ISBI Steering Committee.

Within the CMU Portugal Program, she is the CMU Principal Investigator of the Early Bird project “BRIDGE – Ringing multimedia Information for cancer Discovery in Gastroenterology Environment,” with PI Miguel Coimbra (IT/FCUP), in collaboration with IPO Porto and advisor to the student, Philipe Condessa, jointly with José Bioucas-Dias.