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Sheila S. Hemami

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360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Sheila S. Hemami received the B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Michigan in 1990, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1992 and 1994, respectively. She was with Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California in 1994 and was with the School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University from 1995-2013.  She joined Northeastern in 2013.

Dr. Hemami's research interests broadly concern communication of visual information from the perspectives of both signal processing and psychophysics. She was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2009 for her contributions to robust and perceptual image and video communications.

Dr. Hemami has held various visiting positions, most recently at the University of Nantes, France and at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland. She has received numerous university and national teaching awards, including Eta Kappa Nu's C. Holmes MacDonald Award. She was a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2010-11, and has held various technical leadership positions in the IEEE.


PhD, Stanford University, 1994. 

Research & Scholarship Interests

Multimedia signal processing, image & video compression & transmission, visual psychophysics
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Honors & Awards

Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Selected Publications

  • F. M. Ciaramello, S. S. Hemami, A computational intelligibility model for assessment and compression of American Sign Language video, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, November 2011.
  • D. M. Rouse, S. S. Hemami, Romuald Ppion, and Patrick Le Callet, Estimating the usefulness of distorted natural images using an image contour degradation measure, Journal of the Optical Society of America: A, Vol. 28, Issue 2, pp. 157-188 (2011).
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ECE Chair Sheila Hemami was elected Vice President for Publication Products and Services for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

March 28, 2014

ECE Professor & Chair Sheila S. Hemami, Professor David Kaeli, and Coop Coordinators Brian Albrecht & George Kent arranged for ECE students to visit a range of Silicon Valley companies, meet...