Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering School: Engineering and Computing Sciences Campus: Nanjing
Member of NYIT Since: 2011
Vesna Zeljkovic, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2013 Presidential Engagement Award for Student Engagement in Global Education.
Why teach at NYIT?
It offered me a new global education experience in China. I have previously taught in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and the former Yugoslavia.
What are your research interests?
Topics related to signal and image processing. Within these areas, I've developed original mathematical models and novel algorithms for the analysis of 2-D images that have applications in video surveillance, complex optical spectra, public health, industry, homeland security, and national defense. I've published more than 60 scientific papers, one book chapter, one book, and a new book coming out in December 2013Video Surveillance Techniques and Technologies.
Are you the recipient of any grants?
I've received Global Faculty Summer Research and Creativity Grants from NYIT to study:
"Pre-Ictal Phase Detection Algorithm on One Dimension EEG Signals and Two Dimensional Formed Images Analysis."
"Algorithm for Classification of Retina Images of Diabetic Patients Based on Exudates Detection."
In addition, I've received grants from Science and Technology Innovation Training Programs in China:
"Medical Signal and Image Analysis"
"Video Surveillance Techniques"
"Medical Image Analysis Applied in Cancer Research"
How has the latest technology influenced your teaching style?
I use Internet-based and audiovisual presentation tools as well as Smart Board to record lectures, allowing for their revision and reassessment. These technologies have enhanced the quality of my teaching materials.
What are your best experiences at NYIT?
Involving students in my publications and advising them on senior projects. I supervise a research group that meets once a week in the NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture. It consists of nine students who study image and signal processing applied in biomedical engineering. With the support of colleagues at NYIT, I also formed an IEEE student branch at the Nanjing campus, and served as an assessment committee member for the university's electrical and computer engineering program.
What was your first exposure to the engineering field?
My grandparents are engineers, so I was exposed to it from my early childhood. Conducting scientific research and teaching represent a lifelong creative journey with something new to learn and discover all the time.
Do you have any hobbies?
Contribute to charitable activities, especially to help handicapped children and orphans.