2015 Withrow Distinguished Scholar—Senior Award


March 24, 2015 

The 25th anniversary of the Engineering Awards Luncheon celebrated teachers, scholars and service on March 19 at the University Club of Michigan State University. 

Leo Kempel, dean of the College of Engineering, welcomed all of the guests and congratulated the winners of some of the college’s most prestigious awards.The 25th Annual Engineering Awards ceremony honored (front) A. Pouyan Nejadhashemi, Lindsay Niesen, Abdol-Hossein Esfahanian, Subir Biswas, and Carmellia Davis-King, and (back) Rigoberto Burgueno, Neil Wright, Hayder Radha, and Lixin Dong. Missing from photo is Thomas Bieler.

Withrow Teaching Excellence Awards honor faculty teaching, advising and mentoring skills. One faculty member is selected from each academic unit, based primarily on nominations from students.  

Distinguished Scholar Senior Award 

Hayder Radha, (Group photo, 3rd from right in back row) professor of electrical and computer engineering, is an international leader in the broad field of signal processing, including video, image, and social network processing. He is especially known for his pioneering work in scalable video coding, with broad applications for Internet streaming. He is also the founder and director of the Wireless and Video Communications (WAVE) lab at MSU. 

He joined MSU in 2000, following an outstanding career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he was accorded the rank of Distinguished Member of Technical Staff; and Philips Research, where he held the rank of Consulting Scientist and Fellow. He was elected as a Philips Research Fellow for his contributions, an honor accorded to less than 1 percent of researchers at Philips worldwide. Among more than 300 members of the research staff at Philips, only four individuals held this position. 

During this period, he led two separate research teams. The first team developed video communications technologies that enabled the rollout of digital HDTV services in the U.S. The second team developed an MPEG-4 compliant Internet video streaming system and scalable video coding methods that became part of the MPEG-4 video standard. While at Philips Research, many of Radha’s inventions ended up in key Philips patents. 

Since joining MSU, he has had a very distinguished career. He has more than 200-refereed technical publications to his credit, has graduated 16 PhD students from MSU, and has had a solid funding record throughout his career. Among his publications, several have received best paper awards. Radha has brought in nearly $3.6 million in external funding over the course of 10 years, the majority of which has come from the National Science Foundation. He holds 38 patents, more than 20 of which are based on his work at MSU. 

“Professor Radha’s most recent record has been especially impressive,” notes a former academic advisor and professional colleague. “In 2014 alone, he published two papers in the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, one paper in the IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and seven conference papers. During 2014, he also had three simultaneously active multi-year grants from NSF that are staggered over the period from 2010 through 2016. These grants alone total nearly $2 million. Thus we gain the impression of a researcher who is really hitting his stride at this point in his career.” 

Radha’s research profile is both outstanding and diverse. In his research career he has worked on image processing, multimedia communication, network congestion control, information/coding theory, wireless networks, information security, and social network analysis. He has published more than 150 research articles in some of the most competitive and prestigious journals and conferences. While diversifying his research interests every few years, he has been able to publish his work in the top conferences and journals in every domain in which he has been involved.

Award Description: 
Distinguished Scholar Senior Award
Electrical and Computer Engineering