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Prof. Antonio J. Plaza

 

Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS)

President, Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS)

 

Head of the Hyperspectral Computing Laboratory (HyperComp)

Detailed CV (pdf) - Google Scholar Profile (html)

 

Associate Professor (with accreditation for Full Professor) /

Profesor Titular de Universidad (acreditado como Catedrático de Universidad)

 

Department of Technology of Computers and Communications

Escuela Politécnica de Cáceres, University of Extremadura / Universidad de Extremadura (UEX)

Avda. de la Universidad S/N, E-10003 Cáceres (SPAIN)

Phone: +34 927 257 000 (Dial extension 51662 during voice message)

E-mail: aplaza@unex.es

 


Bio and research interests. Antonio J. Plaza was born in Caceres, SPAIN, in March 1975. He received the Computer Engineer degree in 1997, the M.Sc. degree in 1999, and the Ph.D. degree in 2002, all in Computer Engineering. Dr. Plaza is currently an Associate Professor (with accreditation for Full Professor) with the Department of Technology of Computers and Communications, University of Extremadura, Spain. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 publications, including 114 journal citation report (JCR) papers (with 67 JCR papers published in IEEE journals, and 70 JCR papers published since 2011), 20 book chapters, and over 240 peer-reviewed international conference papers (101 of them in IEEE conferences and 56 in SPIE conferences). He is a highly cited author. His main research interests comprise remotely sensed hyperspectral image analysis, signal processing, and efficient implementations of large-scale scientific problems on high performance computing architectures, including commodity Beowulf clusters, heterogeneous networks of computers and grids, and specialized computer architectures such as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) or graphical processing units (GPUs).


Visiting researcher/professor positions. Dr. Plaza has been visiting researcher/professor at several institutions, including the Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland; the Remote Sensing, Signal and Image Processing Laboratory (RSSIPL) at the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; the Microsystems Laboratory at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP); the AVIRIS group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California; the Telecommunications & Remote Sensing Laboratory, University of Pavia, Italy; the GIPSA-Laboratory, Grenoble Institute of Technology, Grenoble, France; and the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE), Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China. He was awarded with the distinction of Visiting Professor at RADI by the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and has also been recently awarded the Yixing Chair Professor Distinction of Nanjing University, People’s Republic of China.


Editorial activities. Dr. Plaza is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing journal (appointed for three years, starting in January 2013). He has been an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing journal (2007-2012) in the areas of Hyperspectral Image Analysis and Signal Processing (he handled 265 manuscripts as Associate Editor for the journal). He is also an Associate Editor for IEEE Access (since March 2013), and the Journal of Real-Time Image Processing (since February 2009). He was an Associate Editor for the EURASIP ISRN Signal Processing journal (2010-2012), and the Remote Sensing journal (2009-2012). He has edited a book on High-Performance Computing in Remote Sensing for CRC Press/Taylor and Francis (the first book on this topic in the published literature) and guest edited 8 special issues on hyperspectral remote sensing for different journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (Special Issue on Spectral Unmixing of Hyperspectral Data, published in November 2011), the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (Special Issue on High Performance Computing in Remote Sensing, published in September 2011 and Special Issue on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing, published in April 2012), the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, the Journal of Real-Time Image Processing (2 special issues), or the SPIE Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (2 special issues). He has also edited 8 proceeding volumes for different conferences for which he served as Chair. He is also currently serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine, and served as a member of the steering committee of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (2011-2012). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Spanish Remote Sensing journal. He served as an Associate Editor for Education Activites for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Newsletter (2011-2012).


Coordination of international research projects. Dr. Plaza was the project coordinator of the Hyperspectral Imaging Network (Hyper-I-Net), a four-year Marie Curie Research Training Network (total budget: 2.800.000 Euro) designed to build an interdisciplinary European research community focused on hyperspectral imaging activities. He is also a member of the Management Committee and coordinator of a working group on Applications of Hierarchical-Heterogeneous Systems in the Open European Network for High Performance Computing on Complex Environments (ComplexHPC), funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) programme. He is also a partner of the Marie Curie Action for International Research Staff Exchange Tools for Open Multi-Risk Assessment Using Earth Observation Data (TOLOMEO), which involves cooperation between several Universities in Europe and South-America. He is also a partner of the HOST project (total budget: 2.226.268 Euro) funded under the capacities research potential (REGPOT) programme of the European Commission. He also coordinates several national projects funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation on fundamental research and infrastructures and participates in relevant research networks at the Spanish level, such as CAPAP-H and PRISMA.


Involvement in technical societies. Dr. Plaza is a Senior Member of IEEE. He was elected as a voting member of the Administrative Committee (AdCom) of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) in 2012, and was appointed international Director of Education for GRSS (2011-2012). On January 2013 he started a three-year term as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing Journal. He is currently serving as the President of the Spanish Chapter of GRSS. He is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society (CS) and the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR). He is affiliated to the Technical Committee on Data Fusion (TCDF) of IEEE GRSS, and to several Technical Committees of IEEE CS, including those on parallel processing (TCPP), computer architecture (TCCA), distributed processing (TCDP), and scalable computing (TCSC). He is also a Member of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).


Distinctions and awards. Dr. Plaza is a recipient of the recognition of Best Reviewers of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing journal in 2010. He is a recipient of the recognition of Best Reviewers of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters journal in 2009. He is a co-author of the 2011 Best Student Paper at the IEEE International Conference on Space Technology, entitled FPGA Design of the N-FINDR Algorithm for Spaceborne Hyperspectral Missions. He received the Top Cited Article award of Elsevier's Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (in 2005-2010) for the contribution entitled Commodity Cluster-Based Parallel Processing of Hyperspectral Imagery. He is a recipient of the 2008 Best Paper award at the IEEE Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology, for the contribution entitled Morphological Feature Extraction and Spectral Unmixing of Hyperspectral Images. He is a recipient of the Best Ph.D. Dissertation award at University of Extremadura in 2002. He received the accreditation for Full Professor in September 2012. Four of his students have received the Best Ph.D. Dissertation award at University of Extremadura, and one of his students has received the Best Ph.D. Dissertation award at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. He was a keynote speaker in the IEEE Tyrrhenian Worskshop 2012 on Advances in Radar and Remote Sensing and a keynote speaker in the Fifth IEEE Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing (Whispers 2013)  held in Florida, USA.


Participation in educational activities. Dr. Plaza served as Director of Education of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (2011-2012). He has been a member of the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) Student Prize Paper Award Committee in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and was the main responsible for the allocation of Travel Grants for IGARSS in 2011-2012. He served as an Associate Editor for Education Activities for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Newsletter (2011-2012). He was vice-chair and one of the main organizers of the First IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Summer School (RSSS12) held in conjunction with IGARSS 2012 in Munich, Germany, where he also served as one of the lecturers of the summer school. He was the general chair of the First Hyper-I-Net School on Hyperspectral Imaging held in Cáceres, Spain, in October 2007, and co-organizer of the Second Hyper-I-Net School on Earth Science and Applications using Imaging Spectroscopy held in Wageningen, The Netherlands, in September 2008, the Third Hyper-I-Net Summer School on Hyperspectral Data: From Images to Processing held in Pavia, Italy, in September 2009, and the Fourth Hyper-I-Net Summer School on Hyperspectral Imaging held in DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, in September 2010. He was the chair of a special invited session on Hyperspectral Imaging Training at the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Barcelona, Spain, 2007. He served as one of the main lecturers of the International Summer School on Very High Resolution Remote Sensing held in Grenoble, France, in September 2008. He has also one of the main lecturers of the International Summer School on Data Fusion and High-Performance Computing Onboard Aircrafts, held in the University of Pavia in September 2011. He taught (with Q. Du) an IEEE GRSS tutorial on Spectral Unmixing of Hyperspectral Data at the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Honolulu, Hawaii, July 2010. He also taught (with Q. Du) an IEEE GRSS tutorial on Recent Advances in Spectral Unmixing of Hyperspectral Data at the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Vancouver, Canada, July 2011. He taught a tutorial on Spectral Unmixing of Hyperspectral Data at the 4th IEEE Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing that will take place in June 2012 in Shanghai, China, and also taught (with Q. Du) a tutorial on Recent Advances in Hyperspectral Data Analysis at the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Munich, Germany, July 2012. He taught a tutorial on Recent Advances in Spectral Unmixing of Hyperspectral Data at the 5th IEEE Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing that took place in June 2013 in Gainesville, Florida, and also taught (with Q. Du) a tutorial on Recent Advances in Hyperspectral Data Analysis at the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Melbourne, Australia, July 2013. He was one of the three plenary speakers at the 5th IEEE Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing that took place in June 2013 in Gainesville, Florida. He taught a 30-hour course on Parallel Processing of Remotely Sensed Images at the Telecommunications & Remote Sensing Laboratory, University of Pavia, Italy, in October 2011. He taught a 40-hour course on Recent Advances in Hyperspectral Imaging at the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE), Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, in August 2013.


Participation in committees of international conferences and symposia. Dr. Plaza was the General Chair (with J. M. Bioucas-Dias) of the Third IEEE Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing (Whispers'2011) held in Lisbon, Portugal, in June 2011. He has been a Technical Program Coordinator (TPC) for the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Dr. Plaza is General Chair of yearly conferences held in USA, Europe and Asia: the SPIE Conference on Satellite Data Compression, Communication and Processing, part of SPIE Optics and Photonics, San Diego, California (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), the SPIE Conference on High Performance Computing in Remote Sensing, part of SPIE Remote Sensing Europe (2011: Prague, Czech Republic, 2012: Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and 2013: Dortmund, Germany), and the IEEE International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Computing in Remote Sensing, part of the IEEE International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems (2011: Tainan, Taiwan). He is also Chair of a Special Session on Pattern Recognition Applications in Remotely Sensed Hyperspectral Image Analysis at the International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods (ICPRAM 2012). Dr. Plaza chaired (with Q. Du and Y.-L. Chang) a special invited session on High Performance Computing for Hyperspectral Image Analysis at the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Cape Town, South Africa, July 2009, and also chaired (with Q. Du and J. Bioucas-Dias) a special invited session on Recent Advances in Spectral Mixture Analysis of Hyperspectral Data at the First IEEE GRSS Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing (WHISPERS), Grenoble, France, August 2009. He chaired (with M. Parente) a special invited session on Statistical versus Geometrical Spectral Unmixing at the IEEE GRSS Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing (WHISPERS), Iceland, June 2010. He chaired a special invited session on Spectral Unmixing of Hyperspectral Data at the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Vancouver, Canada, July 2011. He has been a member of the Technical Program Committee and chaired sessions for more than 50 international conferences and symposia, with many sessions chaired for IEEE and SPIE conferences.


Proposal evaluation and reviewing activities. Dr. Plaza has served as a proposal evaluator for the European Commission (Marie Curie Actions, Engineering Panel, FP7), the European Space Agency, the Belgium Science Policy, the Israel Science Foundation, and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. He has participated in the Tenure Track Selection Committee of different Universities in Italy, Spain and Australia. In 2012-2013 he reviewed more than 70 research proposals for the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education, including the prestigious Spanish Programmes Juan de la Cierva and Ramón y Cajal, as well as participated on the evaluation committee of fundamental research projects submitted to TIN (Information Technology) program of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. He has reviewed more than 500 manuscripts for over 50 different journals, including the following ones:

  1. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (265 manuscripts handled as Associate Editor for the journal since 2007, 165 manuscripts reviewed for the journal since 2002, 99% of invitations to review agreed, Special Issue on Spectral Unmixing edited for the journal in November 2011)
  2. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (25 manuscripts reviewed and 2 special issues edited, one on High Performance Computing in Remote Sensing published in September 2011 and another one on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing published in April 2012)
  3. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (50 manuscripts reviewed with 100% of invitations to review agreed)
  4. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems
  5. IEEE Transactions on Image Processing
  6. IEEE Signal Processing Magazine
  7. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
  8. IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks
  9. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
  10. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
  11. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory
  12. IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems
  13. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing
  14. IEEE Signal Processing Letters
  15. IEEE Sensors Journal
  16. IEEE Computer Journal
  17. Remote Sensing of Environment
  18. Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing
  19. International Journal of High-Performance Computing Applications
  20. Concurrency & Computation: Practice and Experience
  21. Information Fusion
  22. Information Sciences
  23. International Journal of Remote Sensing
  24. Computer Vision and Image Understanding
  25. Cluster Computing
  26. Neurocomputing
  27. Journal of Real-Time Image Processing
  28. Signal Processing
  29. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing
  30. Optical Engineering
  31. Journal of Electronic Imaging
  32. Journal of the Optical Society of America
  33. Environmental Modelling
  34. EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing
  35. IET Image Processing
  36. Optics and Lasers in Engineering
  37. Journal of Systems and Software
  38. SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences
  39. Sensors
  40. Computers in Biology and Medicine
  41. Pattern Recognition Letters
  42. Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation
  43. Journal of Real-Time Image Processing
  44. Computers & Geosciences
  45. Journal of Computational Physics
  46. The Computer Journal
  47. GeoInformatica
  48. Applied Optics
  49. Remote Sensing Letters
  50. Spanish Remote Sensing Journal

 

List of Publications


Last update: April 2014