Awards & Achievements

Two COMP academics named IEEE Fellows

We are proud to announce that Dr Ajay Kumar, Associate Professor of COMP and Prof. Lei Zhang, Chair Professor & Associate Head of COMP have recently been elevated to Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with effect from 1 January 2018, for their outstanding achievements and significant contributions in the following respective fields. 

                • Dr Ajay Kumar - For contributions to non-contact hand-based biometrics recognition
                • Prof. Lei Zhang - For contributions to sparsity-based image modeling and perceptual image quality assessment


Dr Kumar has joined COMP since 2009 and his research interests include Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Biometric Authentication and Recognition, Defect Detection in Textured Materials, and Multimodal Intelligent Interfaces. Dr Kumar’s significant achievement in the development and promotion of biometrics based human identification, particularly the advancement of 2D, 3D and multispectral hand biometrics matching algorithms has also earned him the Fellowship of International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR) in 2016.

Prof. Zhang joined COMP in 2006. His research interests include Image Restoration, 3D Reconstruction, Image Classification and Face Recognition, Object Detection, Image Quality Assessment and Visual Tracking. Prof. Zhang has published more than 200 papers in those areas and he has been selected as a “Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher” for three consecutive years since 2015. In July 2017, he was promoted to Chair Professor of Computer Vision and Image Analysis, in recognition of his leadership and contribution.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one-percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognised by the technical community as a prestigious honour and an important career achievement.

Congratulations to Dr Kumar and Prof. Zhang for receiving this honour!