1998 Technical Achievement Award Recipient
"For outstanding and pioneering contributions to space filling curves for image processing and intelligent visual navigation of autonomous robots in unknown space."
Nikolaos Bourbakis received a BS in mathematics from the National University of Athens, Athens, Greece, a Certificate in electrical engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, and a PhD in computer engineering and informatics (awarded with excellence), from the Dept. of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras, Patras, Greece, 1983.
He currently is an OBR Distinguished Professor in Information Technology and the Director of the Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI) at Wright State University interfacing academia, industry and government. Previous working places: He was a Professor in Electrical Engineering Dept. & Computer Science Dept., the Director of the research labs (Intelligent Robotics & Applied AI, Image-Video Processing & Machine Vision, and Bio-Informatics & Biomedical Engineering) at Binghamton University (SUNY), a Professor at the Technical University of Crete (TUC) and the Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Lab, the Associate Director of the Center on Intelligent Systems (1995-2000), at T.J. Watson School, Binghamton University (SUNY), an Associate Researcher, Air Force Research Laboratory at Rome, NY 1997; a Staff Senior Scientist, IBM in SSPD for Performance Evaluation of the I/O Systems, and collaborated with the Expert Systems Division and Almaden Research Center, California S. Jose, 1989-91; an Assistant Professor at GMU responsible for research in Machine Vision and Image Processing; a Lecturer at the University of Patras responsible for research and development in Multiprocessor Retina-based Vision Systems.
He has published more than 220 articles in refereed International Journals and Conference Proceedings, book-chapters, and he has graduated 10 PhDs and 30 Master students in the areas of AI, Machine Vision, and Biomedical Engineering. He is an author, co-author or editor of 10 books.
He is the founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on AI Tools, the Editor-in-Charge of a Research Series of Books in AI (WS Publisher), the Editor–in-Chief of a new upcoming International Journal on Bio-Informatics & Bio-Engineering, the Founder and General Chair of IEEE Computer Society Conferences, Symposia and Workshops (Tools with AI (1989-91), Intelligent Tools (1992-93), AI in Automation (1994), Intelligence in Neural and Biological Systems (INBS-95), Intelligence in Automation and Robotics (IAR-96), Intelligence in Image, Speech, Natural Language Processing and Understanding (IISNL-96), Intelligence and Systems (I&S-98) and Information, Intelligence and Systems (I-I&S-99), Bio-Informatics and Biomedical Engineering (BIBE-2000-01). He is also an Associate Editor in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (1995-1998), International Journal Engineering Applications of AI, Int. Journal on Pattern Recognition and AI, Int. Journal Cooperative Information Systems, Journal on Pattern Recognition, Int. Journal on Intelligent and Robotic Systems, International Journal on Pattern Analysis and Applications (2000-2002), International Journal on Engineering Intelligent Systems, IEEE Multimedia (2002-2004), and a Guest Editor in 12 special issues in IEEE and International Journals related to his research interests.
He is an IEEE Fellow, a Distinguished IEEE Computer Society Speaker, an NSF University Research Programs Evaluator, an IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Member, an IEEE Member of the Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society, an IEEE Member of the Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society, an External Evaluator in University Promotion Committees, an Official Nominator of the National Academy of Achievements for Computer Science Programs, Keynote Speaker in several International Conferences (IS, GIS, TAI, CIKM, I&S etc.). He is also listed in many organizations (WHO’S WHO in Engineering, in Science, in Education, in Intellectuals, in Computer Engineering, AMWS) List of Distinguished Editors, Member of the New York Academy of Science, etc.
His research work has been internationally recognized and has earned several highly prestigious awards. Some of them are: Best paper selection IJEAAI 1988-90, IBM Author recognition Award 1991 (he was the first to receive this award in SSPD), IEEE Outstanding Paper Award AUTESTCON 1994, IEEE ICTAI 10 years Research Contribution Award 1999 ( for his outstanding research contribution to intelligent techniques in machine vision).