Prof. Sotirios A. Tsaftaris (in Greek ???????? ?. ?????????, and among friends Sotos or ?????), received the M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, in 2003 and 2006, respectively, and the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2000.
He is currently an Assistant Professor with IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy, where he is the Director of the Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis Unit. Previously he held a joint Research Assistant Professor appointment at Northwestern University with the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Radiology Feinberg School of Medicine, working closely with Professors Katsaggelos,Dharmakumar, and Li, respectively. He maintains adjunct appointments with both departments and schools, and is an affiliated member of the Image and Video Processing Laboratory (IVPL), at Northwestern University, directed by Prof. Aggelos Katsaggelos.
He has published extensively, particularly in interdisciplinary ?elds, with almost 90 journal and conference papers in his active record, with a variety of co-authors and collaborators.
While he has served in many technical program committees of international conferences, and he actively reviews papers for several prestigious international journals, most notably he is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.
He is a member of the ISMRM, SCMR, GIRPR - IAPR, and TEE.
His work has received several accolades, such as a Magna Cum Laude Award by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in 2012, being a finalist for the Early Career Award, from the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) in 2011, and has had his work appear in journal covers and attract significant media coverage.
Prof. Tsaftaris is a Murphy Fellow and a Fellow of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Bene?t Foundation.
My research is inspired by nature and creates another level of hybrid connection and interaction between biology and signal processing. I have worked on using DNA molecules to manage large amounts of digital signals. Certain findings have found applications in design of novel biotechnology assays and synthetic biology.
I am also interested in applying signal processing to solve unique imaging and signaling problems in the life sciences, such as cardiac MRI, AFM Imaging, Plant Phenotyping and even art!