The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) is pleased to announce that Professor Petar M. Djurić has been appointed the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).
With the department more than 25 years, Djurić has served the department, college and university in a number of capacities. His primary research focus is in the area of signal and information processing with specific interest in the theory of signal modeling, detection, and estimation; Monte Carlo-based methods; signal and information processing over networks; machine learning, RFID, and the Internet of Things.
“I am very excited to lead the department in the coming years as we advance cross-cutting research initiatives and create thought-provoking educational programs”, said Djurić. He added,
“Former ECE chair Serge Luryi was our leader for over 22 years, and he set the bar high in research. I admit that following in his footsteps will not be easy.”
Djurić received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, and he earned his PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He is a prolific and distinguished scholar whose work has been published in more than 375 journal/ conference papers and book chapters. He has lectured at universities around the world, and this year he was the plenary speaker at the IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop and the European Conference on Signal Processing.
Continuously funded by NSF, NIH, ONR, and industry, Djurić has received a number of awards recognizing his work including the EURASIP Technical Achievement Award and the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award. His international credentials include being named Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society and Chair of Excellence of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid-Banco de Santander in Spain. In 2015, Djurić was a Guest Editor of a special issue on “Indoor localization, tracking, and mapping with heterogeneous technologies" for the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. Currently, he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks. Djurić is a Fellow of both IEEE and EURASIP.
When Djurić is not in a research lab or sharing his insights with students, he can be found in the classroom teaching Random Signals and Systems, Stochastic Systems, or Detection and Estimation Theory. Over the years, Djurić has served as advisor to more than 30 master’s and PhD students.
“I am looking forward to working with Petar to take the ECE department to new heights of excellence”, stated CEAS Dean Fotis Sotiropoulos when announcing Djurić’s appointment.
ECE is a top-ranking department within CEAS with a strong commitment to teaching and research. ECE offers two undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Electrical Engineering and the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Computer Engineering, a Master’s of Science (MSc) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering. Both EE and CE undergraduate programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The department also offers an online undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. Teaching and research areas include circuit design, computer architecture, microprocessor designs, computer networks, communications, signal and image processing, solid-state electronics, lasers and fiber-optics, microwave electronics, electromagnetics, systems and control, VLSI, computer-aided design, parallel and distributed processing, computer vision, and neural networks. To learn more about ECE, read Djurić's welcome message.