Petros Maragos received the Diploma degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1980, and the M.Sc.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA, in 1982 and 1985.
In 1985 he joined the faculty of the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he worked for 8 years as professor of electrical and computer engineering, affiliated with the interdisciplinary Harvard Robotics Lab. He has also been a consultant to several industry research groups including Xerox's research on image analysis. In 1993 he joined the ECE faculty of Georgia Tech, Atlanta. During parts of 1996-98 he was on sabbatical and academic leave working as Research Director at the Institute for Language and Speech Processing in Athens. Since 1998 he joined the faculty of the National Technical University of Athens, where he is currently working as professor of electrical and computer engineering. Since 2008 he is also the director of the NTUA Laboratory on Intelligent Robotics and Automation. His current research and teaching interests include the general areas of signal processing, systems theory, informatics and communications, and their applications to computer vision and image processing, computer speech and language processing, multimedia and cognitive systems. In the above areas he has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications as journal papers, book chapters or conference proceeding articles.
The citations to his work exceed 7000, with an h-index of 40 and g-index of 79 (source: Google Scholar). He recently co-edited two Springer research books, one on multimodal processing and interaction and another on shape analysis. He has also been the principal investigator and/or scientific director of several USA and European/Greek research programs.
He has served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech & Signal Processing
and the Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence; as editorial board member for the
journals Signal Processing, J. Visual Communications, Image Representation, and J. Mathematic Imaging and Vision; and as guest editor for several journals.
He has served as member of international technical committees, e.g., the IEEE DSP, IMDSP and MMSP committees. He has served as general chairman or co-chairman
for several international conferences, including the 1992 SPIE Conf. on Visual Communications and
Image Processing, the 1996 Int’l Symposium on Mathematical Morphology & Its Applications to Image/Signal Processing,
the 2007 IEEE Int’l Workshop on Multimedia Signal Processing and Program CoChair of the 2010 European Conf. on Computer Vision.
He has also served as member of the Greek National Council for Research and Technology (2005-2009) and the Scientific Council for Mathematics & Information Sciences (2011-present).
Dr. Maragos' academic work has received several awards, including:
a 1987 US NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in recognition of his academic accomplishments and potential;
the 1988 IEEE ASSP Society's Young Author Best Paper Award for his paper “Morphological Filters”
(IEEE Trans. ASSP, 1987); the 1994 IEEE Signal Processing Society's Senior Best Paper Award for his paper
“Energy Separation in Signal Modulations with Application to Speech Analysis” (IEEE Trans. SP, 1993);
the 1995 IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Award for the most outstanding original paper in all IEEE publications; the 1996 Pattern Recognition Society's Honorable Mention Award for best paper (“Min-Max Classifiers”, Pattern Recognition, 1995); and the Best paper award from the CVPR-2011 Workshop on Gesture Recognition.
In 1995 he was elected Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to the theory and application of nonlinear signal processing systems. He is the recipient of the 2007 EURASIP Technical Achievements Award for contributions to nonlinear signal processing and systems theory, image processing, and speech processing. In 2010 he was elected Fellow of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) for his research contributions.