Professor Alan Willsky, has been selected to receive the 2013 SPS Society Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS). Willsky is the Edwin Sibley Webster professor of electrical engineering and computer science and director of the MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at MIT.
The SPS Society Award is the highest award bestowed by the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and honors outstanding technical contributions in a field within its scope and outstanding leadership in that field. Prof. Willskty is cited "For fundamental contributions to probabilistic modeling and for pioneering work in the development and application of multi-resolution statistical methods." The awards ceremony will take place at the upcoming ICASSP 2014 conference in Florence, Italy, in May 2014.
Over the years, Professor Willsky has performed path-breaking research in areas as diverse as failure detection in dynamic systems, tomography, computer vision, and signal processing. Willsky's text, co-authored with Professor Alan Oppenheim, has remained as one of the leading textbooks on signals and systems for more than 30 years. Alan is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and he has received numerous awards for his research from organizations ranging from the American Automatic Control Council to the IEEE and several of its societies, including the IEEE Donald G. Fink Award in recognition of his widely cited paper on multi-resolution statistical methods.