Maria Petrou#


Maria Petrou was a lecturer in Astronomy at the Kapodistrian University of Athens (1981-1983) and a Post Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Oxford, Department of Theoretical Physics (1983-1986). She has been working on Computer Vision since 1986, initially as a Research Associate at the NERC Unit for Thematic Information Systems (NUTIS) in the Geography Department of Reading University, later as an Atlas Research Fellow of St. Hilda's College Oxford at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, from 1988 to 2005 at the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering of Surrey University, initially as a lecturer subsequently as a Senior Lecturer then as a Reader and from 1998 to 2005 as the Professor of Image Analysis. From September 2005 she holds the Chair of Signal Processing at Imperial College London. She has served as the Head of the Communications and Signal Processing Group at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of Imperial College from 2006 to 2009. In 2009 she became Director of the Informatics and Telematics Institute of CERTH, Thessaloniki, Greece. She is also a Visiting Professor of Image Analysis at Surrey University (2005-2011) and at Jiatong University, Shanghai (2006-2009).

Research Interests#

Her research interests include many topics on Image Processing, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, with applications in Biomedicine, Geoscience, etc, as well as research in basic methodology (eg you may download a software package on the Trace transform from (Trace Transform)). She is the Project Leader of a Basic Technology UK Research Councils project on Reverse Engineering the Human Vision System, (BASIC) and she holds a portfolio grant from EPSRC in collaboration with the University of Surrey (portfolio). She has more than 350 publications (click here to view them in postscript format), (or here as a PDF file) (more than 100 in refereed journals) and numerous articles of journalistic nature, like book reviews and conference reports. She has co-authored two books: ``Image Processing, the fundamentals, John Wiley publishers, ISBN 0471 99883 4 and ``Image Processing, Dealing with Texture, John Wiley publishers, ISBN: 978-0-470-02628-1. She has served as the chairman of the IAPR Technical Committee 7 for Remote Sensing (1998-2002) (TC7), and the chairman of the British Machine Vision Association, and Society for Pattern Recognition (1999-2002) (BMVA). She has served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and as the newsletter editor of the International Association for Pattern Recognition for 5 years (1994-98) (IAPR) . She is a Fellow of IET, a Fellow of IAPR, and a senior member of the IEEE. She has served as an Honorary Editor of IET Electronics Letters (EL), as an elected member of the Council of IET (2004-2007), as the Treasurer of IAPR (2002-2006) and she is currently a Trustee of IET, a member of the Publications Board of IET, and a Theme Leader for the Data and Information Fusion Defence Technology Centre (DIF-DTC). She has served in the Editorial board of the journals Electronic Letters on Computer Vision and Image Analysis (ELCVIA), the journal Pattern Analysis and Applications (PAA) and the journal of Applied Intelligence (AI). She is currently a member of the advisory board of ELCVIA and a member of the editorial board of the journal Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis, (PRIA).

Obituary, The Telegraph.

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