Written on March 23, 2018.
Professor Alfred M. Bruckstein : Doctor Honoris Causa of Agora University
A brief CV
Alfred M. Bruckstein, born in Sighetu Marmatiei – Maramures, Transylvania, Romania, in 1954, received his BSc and MSc degrees at the Technion, Haifa, in 1976 and 1980, respectively and then earned a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in Stanford University, California in 1984, his advisor being Professor Thomas Kailath.
From October 1984 he has been with the Technion, where he now holds of the Ollendorff Chair in Science, in the Computer Science Department. His research interests are in Ants and Swarm Robotics, Signal and Image Processing, Image Analysis and Synthesis, Pattern Recognition, and various aspects of Applied Geometry. Professor Bruckstein authored and co-authored over one hundred and fifty journal papers in the fields of interest mentioned.
Professor Bruckstein held visiting positions at MIT, Groningen University in Holland, Stanford University, and TsingHua University in Beijing, China, Evry University and at CEREMADE, Dauphine University in Paris, France, and was a visiting Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill, from 1987 to 2000, working with Dr. Arun Netravali and several colleagues there on Image Processing and Computer Vision topics. Since 2009 he is also a Visiting Professor at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
From 2002 till 2005 he served as the Dean of Technion’s Graduate School, and from 2006-2011 as the Head of Technion’s Excellence Program for Undergraduate Studies.
Professor Bruckstein is a member of the AMS, and MAA, and is a SIAM Fellow for contributions to Signal Processing, Image Analysis, and Ant Robotics, and received SIAM’s 2014 SIAG-Imaging Science Prize (with David Donoho and Michael Elad, for the paper “From Sparse Solutions of Systems of Equations to Sparse Modeling of Signals and Images”).
Professor Bruckstein is happily married to Rita and they have one son, Ariel, with whom they wrote and illustrated a bestiary of imaginary animals of Ariel’s invention called “The Knocktopus and His Friends”, published by Panopticum Press in 2013. He also illustrated several books, most of them published by his late father Ludovic Bruckstein, in Romanian, Hebrew and French, and a collection of humorous verse in Hebrew, by Professor Irad Yavne, entitled ”Comical Relief”, describing Academic Life in general, and at the Technion, in particular.
In 1993, Professor Bruckstein published a paper titled “Why the Ant Trails Look So Straight and Nice” in “The Mathematical Intelligencer” Journal (Vol 15/2, pp.59-62), introducing a chain-pursuit model for the process of ant-trail optimization based on a simple rule of local interactions between consecutive agents in the chain. The paper was reviewed in Science (USA), The New Scientist (England), Resonance (India), and many other popular scientific publications world-wide and was selected as a Top Story in Mathematics, in a Special Issue “The Year 1993 in Science” of the Journal Discover (USA). This paper subsequently led to a series of research theses and papers examining various examples of local interactions betweens simple agents leading to emergent global behaviours in swarms. Professor Bruckstein’s work in this field, which by now has resulted in five PhD Dissertations and seven MSc Theses at the Technion by a distinguished group of students under his guidance, made a notable impact in the field of Ant-Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems.
Professor Bruckstein’s work in other areas of research include contributions to Modeling of Neural Coding using Stochastic Point Processes, to Estimation and Scattering Theory in Signal Processing, to Sparse and Holographic Signal Representations, to Variational Models in Image Processing and Low-Level Machine Vision, to Pattern Recognition and Fiducial Design Methodologies, to Shape Analysis and Probing in Computer Vision and Robotics, and to Digital, Discretized and Applied Geometry Topics. His research in these areas, carried out over the past thirty years jointly with an outstanding group of students doing PhD and MSc Theses under his academic supervision, and with several Post-Docs, Visitors and Collaborators from several Universities and from Bell Laboratories, led over the years to significant and seminal research papers published in leading venues world-wide, and a total of thirteen PhD Theses and about fifty MSc Theses so far.
Among Professor Bruckstein’s students, visitors and post-Docs over the years, one finds world-famous, and top-class researchers like Professor Michael Lindenbaum (Technion,Israel), Professor Nahum Kiryati (TelAvivU, Israel), Professor Ron Kimmel (Technion, Israel), Professor Guillermo Sapiro (DukeU, USA), Professor Polina Golland (MIT, USA), Professor Guy Lebanon (Georgia Tech/Netflix, USA), Professor Ilan Shimshoni (Haifa U, Israel), Professor Miki Elad (Technion, Israel), Dr. Doron Shaked (HP Research, GE Research, Israel), Dr Amir Arnon (IBMResearch, USA) Dr. Israel Wagner (IBM Research, Israel), Dr. Yaniv Altshuler(ENDOR/MIT, USA), Dr. Noam Gordon (CamTek, Israel), Dr Ychin Pnueli (Google,Israel) , Dr Yotam Elor (Final, Israel), Dr. Eli Osherovich (Amazon Research, Israel), Dr Vladimir Yanovski (UToronto, Canada), Dr Tal Nir (HiTech, Israel), Dr Ruth Onn (HiTech, Israel), Dr. Rotem Manor (HiTech, Israel), Dr Wang Yu (HiTech, Singapore), Dr Daniel Vainshencher (PrincetonU, USA) and many further outstanding Scientists and Engineers, making significant contributions to HiTech, in Israel and world-wide.
Professor Alfred M. Bruckstein have over 21,000 citations in Google Scholar.
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On May 9, 2018, Prof. Alfred Bruckstein will be awarded, in an official ceremony, with the best honorary title of Agora University: Doctor Honoris Causa.
ANALYSIS COMMISSION FOR LAUDATIO*
on the occasion of awarding the title
Doctor Honoris Causa
to Professor Alfred M. Bruckstein
Acad. Florin Gheorghe Filip, Romanian Academy, Romania.
1.Prof. Misu-Jan Manolescu, Agora University of Oradea, Romania.
2. Prof. Razvan Andonie, Central Washington University, USA.
3. Prof. Felisa Cordova, University Finis Terra, Chile.
4. Prof. Barnabas Bede, DigiPen Institute of Technology, USA.
5. Prof. Yezid Donoso, University de los Andes, Colombia.
*Note. The Commission has been nominated by Rector Decision No. 420/12.01.2018 based on approval of Agora University Senate.