The Department would like to congratulate Dinggang Shen, PhD, for his selection as a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). Announcement of 2018 IAPR Fellows was made at the 24th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR) in Beijing, China, in August 2018. Introduced in 1994, the prestigious IAPR Fellow Award is biennially conferred upon a small number of research community members to acknowledge their distinguished contributions to the field of pattern recognition. The IAPR is an international association of non-profit, scientific or professional organizations concerned with pattern recognition, computer vision, and image processing. It aims to increase understanding among practitioners of all nations of the role that machine intelligence can play in accelerating technical and scientific progress. According to its Constitution and Bylaws, the number of fellows the IAPR can select every two years must not exceed 0.25% of the total IAPR membership.

As UNC’s Jeffrey Houpt Distinguished Investigator and a Professor of Radiology, Dr. Shen has built a distinguished career in biomedical research, computer science and biomedical engineering over 10 years on faculty. He currently directs UNC’s Center for Image Analysis and Informatics, the UNC Image Display, Enhancement, and Analysis (IDEA) Group, and UNC’s Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC)’s Image Analysis Core. Prior to arriving at UNC, Dr. Shen served on faculty at both the University of Pennsylvania and the Johns Hopkins University.

A pillar investigator amongst BRIC basic scientists, Dr. Shen ranked 4th nationwide in the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR)’s 2016 top 100 report of highest-funded radiology-affiliated P.I.s nationwide. He has published more than 900 papers in the international journals and conference proceedings in his primary areas of research focus — medical image analysis, computer vision and pattern recognition. Dr. Shen also serves as an editorial board member for eight international journals.