WATERLOO, ON, Feb. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - A University of Waterloo professor is
the recipient of an E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship - the prestigious
award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of
Canada (NSERC) - for his work in understanding how people view the
quality of images and videos.
Professor Zhou Wang, of the Faculty of Engineering, leads a research
team that is developing next-generation ways to measure and improve the
visual experience for a variety of multi-media applications. Wang's
work is helping to understand how we view the quality of video on
demand, HDTV, 3DTV, Internet television and wireless video services, as
well as the imagery in the medical, entertainment and education
Over the past decade Professor Wang has developed the standard for
objectively measuring image quality, called Structural SIMilarity
(SSIM) index. Companies such as Cisco, Motorola, Ericsson AT&T and NBC
rely on the SSIM method to deliver products and services with the best
possible perceptual quality to hundreds of millions of viewers
Professor Wang is one of six fellowship winners to receive a research
grant of $250,000 over two years, announced today. He plans to use his
grant funding to extend his research into the field of Visual Quality
"One of our goals is to develop a flexible multi-dimensional assessment
framework that closely reflects the experiences of the end user," said
Professor Wang. "Our research can subsequently be used to guide the
design and optimization of a wide range of network visual communication
products and services."
"Zhou Wang is a world-renowned researcher known for his groundbreaking
accomplishments in perceptual image and video quality assessment and
has become one of the most frequently cited authors in this area," said
Pearl Sullivan, Dean of Engineering at Waterloo. "The Steacie
Fellowship will allow him to further his excellence as a researcher and
establish a global leadership position for the University of Waterloo
and Canada in image processing."
Professor Wang is a member of the IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing
Technical Committee, which promotes the advancement of multimedia
signal processing technologies throughout the world.
"Professor Wang's work has improved the viewing experience of millions
of people around the world and is widely used by industry. This is
exactly the kind of transformational research that has given Waterloo a
reputation for excellence across the world," said Feridun Hamdullahpur,
president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. "I am very pleased to see
NSERC recognize his outstanding research."
The E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship honours the memory of Edgar
William Richard Steacie, an outstanding chemist and research leader who
made major contributions to the development of science in Canada
during, and immediately following, World War II. NSERC presents this
respected award to promising young researchers whose work has the
potential for major impact.
About the University of Waterloo
In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart
of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading
comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in
undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's
largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its
connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in
learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is
committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by
championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant
to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about
Waterloo, please visit www.uwaterloo.ca.
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