The IEEE Board of Directors, at its meeting on 12 November 2008, has elevated Sheila Hemami to IEEE Fellow, effective 1 January 2009, with the following citation: for contributions to robust and perceptual image and video communications.
The primary objective of her research is to enable high-quality, reliable visual communications for all users. All users, regardless of their individual network connection bandwidths, qualities-of-service, or terminal capabilities, should have the ability to access still images, video clips, and multimedia information services, and to use interactive visual communications services. Specific research topics include motion estimation and compensation for video coding, psychovisually-based image processing and compression, and error-resilient coding for transmission applications.
Sheila is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. She chaired the IEEE Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee, and has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. In 1997 she received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. She held the Kodak Term Professorship of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University from 1996-1999. In 2000 she received the National Eta Kappa Nu C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award, and she has won numerous teaching awards at Cornell. In 2005 she received the Alice H. Cook and Constance E. Cook Award at Cornell University for her leadership of the Women in Science and Engineering committee.