Rashid Ansari received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, in 1981. He is currently Professor and Head in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Before joining UIC he served as a Research Scientist at Bell Communications Research and on the faculty of Electrical Engineering at University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are in the general areas of signal processing and communications, with recent focus on image and video analysis, multimedia communication, and medical imaging. In the past he served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems. He was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation. He has served as a member of the Digital Signal Processing Technical Committee of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and a member of the Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee. He was a member of the organizing and program committees of several past IEEE conferences. He served on the organizing and executive committees of the Visual Communication & Image Processing (VCIP) conferences and was General Chair of the 1996 VCIP Conference. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1999.