Panagiotis Tsakalides

Professor of Computer Science
University of Crete

Panagiotis Tsakalides is a Professor in the Computer Science Department of the University of Crete, and Head of the Signal Processing Laboratory at FORTH-ICS. Currently he the Rector of the University of Crete. He received the Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1990. The same year, he moved to Tinseltown (that is LA in California) for graduate studies with scholarships from the Fulbright and Bodossakis Foundations. He received the M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1991 and 1995, respectively. From 1996 to 1999, he was a Research Assistant Professor with the Signal & Image Processing Institute at USC and he consulted for the US Navy and Air Force. From 1999 to 2002 he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Patras, Greece. In September 2002, he joined the Computer Science Department at the University of Crete as an Associate Professor and FORTH-ICS as a Researcher.His research interests lie in the field of statistical signal processing with emphasis in non-Gaussian estimation and detection theory, sparse representations, and applications in sensor networks, audio, imaging, and multimedia systems. He has coauthored over 200 technical publications in these areas, including 43 journal papers. Furthermore, Prof. Tsakalides has an extended experience of transferring research and interacting with the industry. Since 2003, he has been the project coordinator in 8 European Commission and 13 national projects totaling more than 5 M € in actual funding for FORTH-ICS and the University of Crete.