Karl and Barbone Elected as AIMBE Fellows

By Liz Sheeley

Professor and Chair W. Clem Karl (ECE, SE) and Professor Paul Barbone (ME, MSE) have been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

“I’m honored by be chosen by as an AIMBE Fellow and thrilled to join the growing group of Fellows at Boston University,” says Karl. “The collaborative environment provided by BU College of Engineering has allowed me to thrive in the interdisciplinary world of Biomedical Engineering. It’s an exciting and impactful discipline.”

The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. This election of Karl and Barbone marks them with one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer.

“There’s not much better than being honored for research work that on one hand is just fun, and on the other hand is so important to our society,” says Barbone.

Karl joined the faculty in 1995 and is currently the Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests are in the areas of computational imaging, statistical signal and image processing, estimation, detection, and medical signal and image processing. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Image Processing and the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging. His activities have included membership on the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors, the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Strategic Planning Committee, the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging Steering Committee, the IEEE Signal Processing Society Publications Board. He has served as general chair or co-chair for meetings such as the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging and the International Conference on Computational Photography. Karl was elected to the College of Fellow for novel contributions to sparsity-based methods for medical imaging, statistical image processing, and bio-image formation. Karl has also been elected as a Fellow of IEEE.

Barbone became a member of the faculty in 1999. His research is primarily in the areas of computational acoustics and solid mechanics. He is well known in the medical ultrasound imaging community for his work on quantitative elastography to noninvasively image and measure the mechanical properties of living tissue. He is being elected to the College of Fellows for combining advanced computation with biomechanical models to advance novel approaches to quantify biomechanical properties. Barbone’s prior honors include a Fulbright Fellowship and the R. Bruce Lindsay Award from the Acoustical Society of America. He was previously named Fellow of the Royal Society for encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.

Karl and Barbone will be formally inducted into the College of Fellows during AIMBE’s 27th Annual Meeting at the National Academy of Sciences Great Hall in Washington, D.C. on April 9, 2018. Since 1991, AIMBE’s College of Fellows has lead the way for technological growth and advancement in the fields of medical and biological engineering.