Ali H. Sayed

Google Scholar
citation page
Thomson Reuters
Highly Cited Researcher

Brief Biography

A. H. Sayed is Dean of Engineering at EPFL, Switzerland. He has served as distinguished professor and former chairman of electrical engineering at UCLA where he founded and directed the UCLA Adaptive Systems Laboratory (www.ee.ucla.edu/asl). An author of over 500 scholarly publications and six books, his research involves several areas including adaptation and learning theories, data and network sciences, statistical inference, multi-agent networks, and biologically-inspired designs. His work has been recognized with several awards including the 2015 Education Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the 2014 Papoulis Award from the European Association for Signal Processing, the 2013 Meritorious Service Award and the 2012 Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the 2005 Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, the 2005 Distinguished Lecturer from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the 2003 Kuwait Prize, and the 1996 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize. His group has been awarded several Best Paper Awards from the IEEE (2002, 2005, 2012, 2014) and EURASIP (2015). He is a Fellow of both the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the publisher of the journal Science. He is recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters, and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He is President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Degrees

  • Electrical Engineer, University of São Paulo, Brazil, December 1987.
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, University of São Paulo, Brazil, July 1989.
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, August 1992.

Research

Prof. Sayed’s research interests span several areas including adaptation and learning theories, data and network sciences, statistical inference, multi-agent networks, and biologically-inspired designs.

University Experience

  • Dean of Engineering, EPFL, July 2017-present
  • Chairman of Electrical Engineering, UCLA, July 2005- July 2010.
  • Vice-Chairman of Electrical Engineering, UCLA, July 2002-June 2005.
  • Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCLA, July 2001-present.
  • Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCLA, July 1996-June 2001.
  • Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCSB, July 1993-June 1996.
  • Research Associate, Stanford University, Sep. 1992-June 1993.

Honors & Recognitions

  • US National Academy of Engineering, 2018.
  •  Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics, 2017.
  • Highly Cited Researcher, Thomson Reuters, 2016.
  • Highly Cited Researcher, Thomson Reuters, 2015.
  • Education Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2015.
  • Best Paper Award, European Assoc. Signal Processing, 2015.
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2014.
  • Highly Cited Researcher, Thomson Reuters, 2014.
  • Athanasios Papoulis Award, European Association for Signal Processing, 2014.
  • Meritorious Service Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2013.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, 2013.
  • Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, United Kingdom, 2013-2015.
  • Plenary Lecture, EUSIPCO, Marrakech, September 2013.
  • Plenary Lecture, ICASSP, Vancouver, May 2013.
  • Technical Achievement Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2012.
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2012.
  • Best Student Paper Award at an international meeting, 2011.
  • Young Author Best Paper Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2005.
  • Frederick E. Terman Award, American Society for Engineering Education, 2005.
  • Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2005.
  • Kuwait Prize in Basic Sciences, 2003.
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2002.
  • IEEE Fellow, 2001.
  • IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize, 1996.
  • Institute of Engineering Prize, São Paulo, Brazil, 1987.
  • Conde Armando A. Penteado Prize, São Paulo, Brazil, 1987.

Editorial Services

  • Member of Editorial Board, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, May 2015-present.
  • Member of Editorial Board, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, January 2012-December 2014.
  • Editor-in-Chief, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, Jan. 2006-Dec. 2007.
  • Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Jan. 2003-Dec. 2005.
  • Subject Editor on Adaptive Signal Processing, Int. Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, Jan. 2000-Dec. 2005.
  • Member of Editorial Board, European Signal Processing journal, Jun. 2003-present.
  • Member of Editorial Board, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Jul. 2002-Dec. 2005
  • Member of Editorial Board, SIAM J. Matrix Analysis and Applications, Oct. 1998-Dec. 2004.
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Dec. 1996-Dec. 1998 and May 2000-May 2002.
  • Guest co-Editor, special issue of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, 2013.
  • Guest co-Editor, special issue of the IEEE J. Selected Topics in Signal Processing, 2013.
  • Guest co-Editor, special issues of the journal Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 1998 and 2000.

Professional Activities

  • President, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2018-present
  • President-Elect, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2016-2017.
  • IEEE Committee on the Future of Education in Engineering and Computing, 2011-2012.
  • Member, IEEE Signal Processing Technical Committee on Machine Learning for Signal Processing, Jan. 2012-present.
  • Member, IEEE Signal Processing Technical Committee on Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing, Jan. 2011-present.
  • Member, Nominations and Appointment Committee, IEEE Signal Processing Society, Jan. 2012-Dec. 2012.
  • Vice-President (Publications), IEEE Signal Processing Society, Jan. 2009-Dec. 2011.
  • Member, Conference Board, IEEE Signal Processing Society, Jan. 2007-Dec. 2011.
  • Member, Technical Directions Board, IEEE Signal Processing Society, Jan. 2008-Dec. 2009.
  • co-Organizer, NSF Workshop on Distributed Processing over Cognitive Networks, Nov. 19-20, 2009.
  • Board of Governors, IEEE Signal Processing Society, Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2008.
  • General Chairman, ICASSP 2008.
  • Member, Long-Range Planning and Implementation Committee, IEEE Signal Processing Society, Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2009.
  • Member, IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) Periodicals Review Committee, Jan. 2007. – Dec. 2009
  • Chair, IEEE Technical Committee on Signal Processing Theory and Methods (SPTM), Jan. 2008 – Dec. 2009.
  • Vice-Chair, IEEE Technical Committee on Signal Processing Theory and Methods (SPTM), Jan. 2006 – Dec. 2007.
  • Member, Awards Board, IEEE Signal Processing Society, Jan. 2005-Dec. 2005.
  • Member of the Publications Board of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Jan. 2003-Dec. 2005.
  • Member of Signal Processing for Communications (SPCOM) technical committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Jan. 2002 – Dec. 2007.
  • Member of Signal Processing Theory and Methods (SPTM) technical committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, Jan. 2002 – Dec. 2010.
  • Member of the Program and Scientific Committees of several international meetings.

University Service

  • Dean of Engineering, EPFL, since July 2017.
  • UCLA Council on Academic Personnel, Jan. 2016-June 2017.
  • UCLA Academic Senate Charges Committee, Sep. 2011-Aug. 2014.
  • Chairman of Electrical Engineering, July 2005-July 2010.
  • UCLA Science and Engineering Committee, 2007.
  • UCLA representative on the statewide University of California Committee on Preparatory Education (UCOPE), September 2003-September 2005.
  • UCLA Faculty Committee on Education and Technology (FCET), April 2003-June 2005.
  • UCLA Undergraduate Council, September 2002-September 2005.
  • Vice Chairman of Electrical Engineering, July 2002-June 2005.
  • Coordinator of the UCLA Electrical Engineering ABET2000 Departmental Committee, March 2003-July 2010.
  • Member of the School of Engineering Faculty Executive Committee, UCLA, September 2000-September 2003.