Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering Signal and Image Laboratory (SaIL) The University of Arizona®


Prof. Jeffrey J. Rodríguez
Director, Signal and Image Laboratory
Tel.:   520.621.8732

He is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Arizona. During 2009-2014, he served as Director of Image Analysis for Cancer Imaging Shared Services at the Arizona Cancer Center. During 2003-2008, he served as Co-Director of Connection One, a National Science Foundation multi-university research center on communication circuits and systems.

Prof. Rodriguez received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1984, a M.S in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986 and a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1990.

Current research involves signal/image/video processing and analysis applied to interdisciplinary problems in biology, remote sensing, homeland security, and consumer electronics. Recent projects include performance evaluation of superpixel algorithms for image segmentation, video analysis for automated tracking of zebrafish, performance evaluation of object detection algorithms, registration and tracking of the right ventricle in cardiac magnetic resonance images, segmentation of the lamina cribrosa of the optic nerve in microscopy images, detection and segmentation of cilia in microscopy images of the kidney, image inpainting, segmentation of X-ray images of multiphase porous media, segmentation and measurement of lesions in magnetic resonance images, segmentation of rock particles in images for mining applications, tongue detection and tracking using ultrasound video, and automobile detection and tracking in aerial video of urban traffic scenes.

Prof. Rodriguez has been very active in professional activities as a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing Society. He served as General Chair of the 2016 IEEE Southwest Symp. on Image Analysis and Interpretation (SSIAI). In addition, during 2005-2011 he served on the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Committee on Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing. He served as General Chair of the 2007 IEEE Intl. Conf. on Image Processing (ICIP), as well as General Chair of SSIAI 2014, General Chair of SSMSD 2003, General Chair of SSIAI 1998, and Vice Chair of SSIAI 2004, as well as positions on numerous other professional committees. From 1996 to 2000, Prof. Rodriguez was Associate Editor of the journal, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. Among the honors and awards he has received are the Andersen Consulting Outstanding Faculty Award, the IEEE/HKN Outstanding Teaching Award, and a Best Paper award as co-author at the 2010 SPIE Medical Imaging conference.

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