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Ali H. Sayed

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Current Position
Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Contact Information
Prof. A. H. Sayed
Electrical Engineering Dept.
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.

phone: (310) 267-2142
fax: (310)206-8495
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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.

Brief Biography Ali H. Sayed

A. H. Sayed is professor and former chairman of electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he directs the UCLA Adaptive Systems Laboratory. An author of 440+ scholarly publications and six books, his research involves several areas including adaptation and learning, network science, information processing theories, and biologically-inspired designs. His work has been recognized with several awards including the 2014 Athanasious 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. He has been awarded several Best Paper Awards from the IEEE (2002,2005,2012,2014) and 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.


Longer Biography

Professor Sayed was born in Brazil where he received the degrees of Engineer and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1992.

He was a Research Associate with the Information Systems Laboratory at Stanford University before joining, as an Assistant Professor, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1993. In July 1996 he joined, as an Associate Professor, the Department of Electrical Engineering at UCLA where he is currently Professor of Electrical Engineering. At UCLA he established and directs the UCLA Adaptive Systems Laboratory. During the period 2005-2010, he served as Chairman of Electrical Engineering at UCLA.

Dr. Sayed has over 440 scholarly publications and 6 books. He is co-author of the research monograph Indefinite Quadratic Estimation and Control (SIAM, PA, 555pp, 1999) and of the graduate-level textbook Linear Estimation (Prentice Hall, NJ, 854pp, 2000). He is also the author of the textbooks Fundamentals of Adaptive Filtering (Wiley, NJ, 1168pp, 2003) and Adaptive Filters (Wiley, NJ, 786pp, 2008), and the monograph Adaptation, Learning, and Optimization over Networks (NOW Publishers, 518pp, 2014). He is co-editor of the volume Fast Reliable Algorithms for Matrices with Structure (SIAM, PA, 342pp, 1999).

Dr. Sayed has served on the editorial boards of several journals including the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Its Applications, the International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, the European Signal Processing journal, and the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2003-2005) and the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing (2006-2007). Dr. Sayed has contributed several articles to engineering and mathematical encyclopedias and handbooks, and has served on the program committees of several international meetings. He has also consulted with industry on different aspects of adaptive filter design, echo cancellation, channel equalization, and OFDM communications. His research group has been awarded several honors and recognitions.


Research

Prof. Sayed's research interests span several areas including adaptation and learning, distributed processing, information-processing theories, network science, biologically-inspired designs, and statistical signal processing.


University Experience

  • 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

  • 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. Top graduate of the School of Engineering, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Conde Armando A. Penteado Prize, São Paulo, Brazil, 1987. Top graduate of the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
  • First place in the National Lebanese Baccalaureat, 1981.


Editorial Services

  • Member of Editorial Board, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, January 2012-present.
  • 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

  • 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.


Industry Activities

  • Board of Advisors, Acorn Technologies, 2006-2013.
  • Board of Advisors, Wilinx, 2006-2009.
  • Offered several short courses through the UCLA Extension program to participants from dozens of companies and institutions nationwide.
  • Consultant to companies on different aspects of estimation, detection, and filtering theories, adaptive filter design, echo cancellation, channel equalization, channel estimation, OFDM communications, DSL communications.
  • Technical expert in legal proceedings.


University Service

  • 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.
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