For his contributions in multimedia security field
Worldwide regarded recognition to his research career, given by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Signal and Communication Theory Professor at University of Vigo, author of 15 international patents and more than 200 research papers, Fernando Pérez-González has become IEEE Fellow member, a distinction reserved for select Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – IEEE members. IEEE Fellow grade is the highest position an IEEE member can achieve and it is highly recognised as an honour by international community.
This recognition gets after 20 years in applied research in telecommunications, specifically in digital communications and multimedia security fields –Pérez-González expertise areas–, who works in Signal Processing & Communications Group at atlanTTic Research Center. As Pérez-González says, “this is not only a recognition to my research career, but also the support to a way of doing things and the merit of an entire team of researchers working with rigour and perseverance”.
It is not easy to get this status at IEEE. The nomination is given by another Fellow member, with a record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest, the support at least of another 8 Fellow members and institutions and companies in which the nominee has had a relevant role. Thereafter, the process of evaluation starts and ends with the appointment of the nominee by IEEE Board of Directors. The number of Fellow Members chosen every year cannot overcome 0.1% of the members of the association.
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The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence. There are more than 420,000 IEEE members in more than 160 countries, who are engineers, scientists, and allied professionals whose technical interests are rooted in electrical and computer sciences, engineering, and related disciplines. The IEEE publishes 30% of the world’s technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics and is a leading developer of more than 900 international standards, including the Wi-Fi.
There are close to 9,500 IEEE Members around the world. Promotion 2016 will have about 300 IEEE Fellow members, including two Spanish members, besides the Professor Fernando Pérez-González, Pablo Rodríguez (Telefónica) has achieve this recognition for contributions to the design and development of content distribution architectures in the Internet. Pérez-González will be the first IEEE Fellow at the University of Vigo.
Pérez-González leads the Signal Processing in Communications Group, part of atlanTTic Research Center, inside University of Vigo. His research papers/works has always been part of digital communications and multimedia security. The recognition from IEEE is due to his “contribution in multimedia security” which is concerned about/with “guarantee security, confidentiality, integrity and privacy of videos, audio and multimedia objects in general. As an example, with this technology we can determine/establish the authenticity of a video, even though this one has been manipulated and how”, explains Pérez-González. Thanks to his research, based on signal processing, the analysis can be performed without the contribution of an expert and allows to draw the exact lines in multimedia files from its origin or determine if a photo has been taken by a specific camera.
At present, Pérez-González continues with his contributions in this field with a multidisciplinary team, recognised by the Xunta de Galicia (Galician government) as a “Competitive Reference Group” since their first call.