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)
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)
Bio and research interests. Antonio J. Plaza was born in Caceres, SPAIN, in 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, Cáceres, Spain. He has authored or co-authored more than 370 publications, including more than 100 journal citation report (JCR) papers (60 of them published in IEEE journals and 50 of them published since January 2011), 20 book chapters, and over 250 peer-reviewed international conference papers (94 of them published in IEEE conferences and over 60 of them published in SPIE conferences). He is a highly cited author with more than 3800 citations to his published papers according to Google Scholar. 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; and with the GIPSA-lab, Grenoble Images Parole Signal Automatique, France.
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 was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (2007-2012; Area: hyperspectral image analysis and signal processing). He also served as an Associate Editor on Education for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Newsletter. He was a member of the steering committee of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. He is currently an Associate editor for IEEE Access, the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine, and the Journal of Real-Time Image Processing. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Remote Sensing journal. He has edited a book on High-Performance Computing in Remote Sensing for CRC Press/Taylor and Francis. He has guest-edited seven special issues on remotely sensed data processing for different JCR journals.
International and national 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 three 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 is a member of the Administrative Committee (AdCom) of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) since 2011, and was appointed international Director of Education for GRSS (2011-2012). He was recently elected 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).
and awards. Dr. Plaza is a recipient of the recognition
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 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 was a keynote speaker in the IEEE
Tyrrhenian Worskshop 2012 on Advances in Radar and Remote Sensing
and will be a keynote speaker in the Fifth
IEEE Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal
Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing (Whispers 2013) to be
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 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, and will be one of the main lecturers of the International Summer School on Data Fusion and Target Detection from Airborne and Spaceborne data that will be held in the University of Pavia in September 2012. He taught (with Q. Du) a 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) a tutorial on Recent Advances in Spectral Unmixing of Hyperspectral Data at the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Vancouver, Canada, July 2011, and a tutorial on Spectral Unmixing of Hyperspectral Data at the 4th IEEE Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing, Shanghai, China, June 2012. He 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 is 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.
Organization of International Conferences and Symposia. Dr. Plaza was the General Chair (with J. 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. Dr. Plaza is also a Chair of three yearly conferences held in USA, Europe and Asia, respectively: SPIE Conference on Satellite Data Compression, Communication and Processing, part of SPIE Optics and Photonics, San Diego, California (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012); SPIE Conference on High Performance Computing in Remote Sensing, part of SPIE Remote Sensing Europe (started in 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic and continued on 2012 in Edimburgh, United Kingdom); IEEE International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Computing in Remote Sensing, part of the IEEE International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems (started in 2011 in Tainan, Taiwan). He also organized 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 Second IEEE GRSS 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 40 international conferences and symposia.
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 Foundation, the Israel Science Foundation, the Italian Science Foundation, and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, in which he has actively participated in the evaluation of projects in different calls, such as the projects on fundamental research (more than 80 proposals evaluated in 2011-2013) and mobility actions such as the Juan de la Cierva, Ramón y Cajal and José Castillejo programmes. He has reviewed more than 400 manuscripts for over 40 different journals, including the following ones:
update: May 2013