Jón Atli Benediktsson

GRSS President 2011-2012

Jón Atli Benediktsson (S’84–M’90–SM’99–F’04) is currently the President and Rector of the University of Iceland (since 2015) and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2009 to 2015 he was the Pro-Rector of Science and Academic Affairs at the University. Prof. Benediktsson received the Cand.Sci. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, in 1984, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 1987 and 1990, respectively. His research interests are in remote sensing, biomedical analysis of signals, pattern recognition, image processing, and signal processing, and he has published extensively in those fields. Prof. Benediktsson is a Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Analysis, 2018-present). He was the 2011-2012 President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) and was on the GRSS AdCom 2000-2015. He was Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS) from 2003 to 2008. He has served as Associate Editor of TGRS since 1999, the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters since 2003, and IEEE Access since 2013. He is currently the Senior Editor of the Proceedings of the IEEE, on the International Editorial Board of the International Journal of Image and Data Fusion, the Editorial Board of Remote Sensing, and was the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (J-STARS) in 2007-2010. Prof. Benediktsson is a co-founder of the biomedical start-up company Oxymap (www.oxymap.com).

Prof. Benediktsson is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of SPIE, a Fellow of AAIA, and a member of Academia Europaea. Prof. Benediktsson was a member of the 2014 IEEE Fellow Committee. He received the Stevan J. Kristof Award from Purdue University in 1991 as an outstanding graduate student in remote sensing. In 1997, Dr. Benediktsson was the recipient of the Icelandic Research Council’s Outstanding Young Researcher Award. In 2000 he was granted the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and in 2004, he was a co-recipient of the University of Iceland’s Technology Innovation Award. In 2006 he received the yearly research award from the Engineering Research Institute of the University of Iceland and in 2007 he received the Outstanding Service Award from the IEEE GRSS. In 2020 he received the IEEE GRSS Education Award and in 2018 the IEEE GRSS David Landgrebe Award. In 2016 he received the OECE Award from the School of ECE, Purdue University. He was co-recipient of the 2012 IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing Paper Award and in 2013 he was co-recipient of the IEEE GRSS Highest Impact Paper Award. In 2013 he received the IEEE/VFI Electrical Engineer of the Year Award. In 2016 and 2018, he was a co-recipient of the International Journal of Image and Data Fusion Best Paper Award. In 2021, he was honored as a recipient of the Order of the Falcon from the President of Iceland. He is a member of Academia Europea, the Association of Chartered Engineers in Iceland (VFI), Societas Scinetiarum Islandica, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi. (Date: Jan 2024)

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