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Qihao Weng named fellow by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

January 8, 2018

Indiana State University Professor Qihao Weng has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Recognized by the IEEE "for contributions to urban remote sensing," Weng has been pioneering urban remote sensing research over the past decades and is instrumental in shaping it as a field. Through a series of creative and cutting-edge works, Weng invents new algorithms and techniques and has discovered new methods and theories for urban remote sensing.

His scholarship has not only transformed the understanding of remote sensing in the urban and land cover applications, but also has narrowed the gap between geoscience/geography and landscape ecology through remote sensing methods and techniques that he develops.

The grade of fellow is the highest distinction conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon an individual member. It is bestowed in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in fields related to the IEEE to fewer than 0.1 percent of the organization's voting members annually.

The IEEE is the world's leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 plus members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Dedicated to the advancement of technology, the IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields and has developed more than 1,300 active industry standards.

Weng's pioneering works have generated enormous citations and attracted thousands of followers worldwide. He is the author of 210 articles and 10 books and has given 90 invited talks and presented 110 papers at professional conferences. According to Google Scholar, as of December 2017, his SCI citation has surpassed 12,000, with H-index of 50. Many of his publications were extremely influential, which is visible, for example, from the fact that 29 of them have more than 100 citations each.

A faculty member since 2001, Weng joined Indiana State after working briefly at the University of Alabama and obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. He currently serves as a professor in the department of earth and environmental systems and has served as director of Indiana State Center for Urban and Environmental Change since 2004. He worked as a senior fellow at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, December 2008-2009.

In 2008, Weng received a prestigious NASA senior fellowship. He received the Outstanding Contributions Award in Remote Sensing in 2011 from the American Association of Geographers in 2011, as well as the Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award in 2015.

In 2005 at Indiana State, he was selected as a Lilly Foundation Faculty Fellow, and the following year, he received the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research Award. In addition, he was the recipient of 2010 Erdas Award for Best Scientific Paper in Remote Sensing (first place) and 1999 Robert E. Altenhofen Memorial Scholarship Award, which were both awarded by American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. He was also awarded the Best Student-Authored Paper Award by International Geographic Information Foundation in 1998.

Weng is currently the Lead of Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Global Urban Observation and Information Initiative and serves as an Editor-in-Chief of ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and the Series Editor of Taylor & Francis Series in Remote Sensing Applications.

He has been the organizer and program committee chair of the biennial IEEE/ISPRS/GEO sponsored International Workshop on Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications conference series since 2008 and was a national director of American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing from 2007 to 2010.


Photo: -- Indiana State University Professor Qihao Weng

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