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Professor Nabeel Riza elected Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Academy (AAIA)

9 May 2022

Congratulations to Nabeel Riza, Chair of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UCC who has been elected a Fellow of Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Academy (AAIA).

The Fellowship of the AAIA is by invitation only and acknowledges Professor Riza’s high level of achievement as an internationally and publicly recognised researcher in optical wireless communications and sensing technologies, including pioneering use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods in optical sensors.

The Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA) was incorporated in Hong Kong in 2021. It is an academic, non-profit and non-governmental organisation voluntarily formed of 614 academicians worldwide. The AAIA's mission is to strengthen scientists in the field of AI and other fields worldwide to promote the development and application of AI through academic research, academic exchanges, science education, science exhibitions, academic conferences, academic publications, summer/winter camps and other activities.

Professor Nabeel Riza holds Masters (1985) and Ph.D. (1989) degrees from Caltech. He has made pioneering innovations in the field of photonics with several of his inventions deployed worldwide. His inventions include the CAOS camera, fault-tolerant digital MEMS fiber-optics, agile optical wireless, electronic lens-based vision testing and imaging, self-imaging fiber coupling model, liquid crystal and analog-digital fiber-optic RF antenna control, agile pixel MEMS laser beam profiler and 3-D analyzer, and hybrid design Silicon Carbide extreme thermometry.

Professor Riza has served as the Head School of Engineering (2013-16) at UCC. He is the recipient of the International Optics Commission 2001 ICO Prize, Carl Zeiss Foundation 2001 Abbe Medal, 2009 & 2010 IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer Award, 2011 ASEE Senior Faculty Fellow Award, 1994 General Electric Gold Patent Medal and the 2009 Ireland SFI Walton Award. He holds 46 U.S. patents. Professor Riza is the founder of Nuonics, Inc.

He has published 327 international journal and conference papers and has authored the textbook Photonic Signals and Systems: An Introduction, McGraw Hill, 2013. Professor Riza has received the Fellow Award of the IEEE, IET, European Optical Society, OSA, SPIE and Honorary Fellow Award of Engineers Ireland Society. In 2016, he was appointed Member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Engineering and Computer Science Committee. In April 2017 he was Inducted in the United States (US) National Academy of Inventors (NAI)



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