Staff Profile

Dr. George C. Giakos

Dr. George C. Giakos

Title: Professor
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office: 554 ASEC
Phone: 330-972-6976
Fax: 330-374-8834
Email: giakos@uakron.edu
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Biography

Professor Giakos is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering, at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of The University of Akron, OH, USA. In addition, he is the Director of Imaging and Surveillance Technologies, and Molecular Nanophotonics. He is an IEEE Fellow and ONR Distinguished Faculty Fellow.

 Prior joining the University of Akron, he has been an Associate Director of the Imaging Research Laboratory at the University of Tennessee, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. On 1978, he received the Laurea Degree in Applied Physics from the University of Turin, Italy, a graduate Degree in Nuclear Instrumentation from the University of Edinburgh (UK), a MS Degree in Nuclear Space Physics from Ohio University (1985), and a Ph.D. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI,  (1991). Dr. Giakos research is articulated in the design of imaging systems, ladars and surveillance sensor platforms, design of cargo and airport security inspection systems, multispectral polarimetry, exploration of molecular pathways and signatures for early detection of disease, tissue pathologies, and treatment, as well as in the design of innovative molecular photonic and bioinspired nanophotonics devices. His research group was the first in the US to pioneer the characterization of the detection and imaging characteristics of Cadmium Zinc Telluride semiconductor substrates for flat-panel digital radiography applications. He has established collaborations and teams with for the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Department of Energy, Lockheed Martin, Philips, Varian Medical Systems, and Cleveland Clinic.

 Dr. Giakos, has fostered several breakthrough inventions which have been rewarded with sixteen (16) US and international Patent Awards and more than 140 peer-review articles and journal publications. He is the recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award, from the Office of Naval Research. He received numerous prestigious research faculty fellowship awards from the Department of the Air Force, NASA, National Academy of Sciences, and Naval Research Laboratory.

He has established research collaborations with the Air Force Research laboratory, NASA, Varian Medical Systems, Lockheed Martin, Philips, and Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Giakos is the Editor in Chief, of the International Journal of Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering (IJSISE), Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Chairman of the TC-19 IEEE Technical Committee on “Imaging Measurements”, and Member of the IEEE Virtual Reality Task Force for the Intelligent Systems Applications Technical Committee.  In addition, he serves as the Organizer and General Chairman of the IEEE International Workshops on Imaging Systems and Techniques. He is the PI, for the University of Akron, of The Ohio BioMEMS Consortium on Medical Therapeutics Microdevices.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • IEEE Fellow
  • ONR Distinguished Faculty Fellow
  • Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering (IJSISE)
  • Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Chairman of the TC-19 IEEE Technical Committee on “Imaging Systems”, for the Instrumentation and Measurements Society.
  • Founder and Chairman of the IEEE Industry-Academia Forum for the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society.
  • Organizer and Chairman of the IEEE International Conferences and Workshops on Imaging Systems and Techniques.
  • Associate Editor Bioinstrumentation and Technology Journal
  • Measurement Science and Technology
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies: Projects on Nuclear Issues.
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Special Issue on Imaging Systems and Techniques, 2011.
  • Guest Editor, International Journal on Medical Imaging, 2011
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Image Processing, Institute of physics, 2010.
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Special Issue on Imaging Systems and Techniques, 2009.
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement,                  1996.
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Imaging, Elsevier, December 2004
  • Guest Editor in  IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine (1999).
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement,                  1996.
  • AirForce Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space Surveillance, Fellowship Award, 2009
  • AirForce Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space Surveillance, Fellowship Award, 2008
  • AirForce Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space Surveillance, Fellowship Award, 2007
  • Naval Research Laboratory, Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award, 2005.
  • Member Editorial Board of Bio-Instrumentation and Technology Journal
  • NASA Faculty Fellowship Award, 2004, Space Exploration, Rover Vision in Mars
  • National Academy of Sciences Award 2003, Polarimetric Imaging
  • Air force Research Laboratory, Advanced Guidance Division, 2003
  • NASA Faculty Fellowship Award, 2001, Fluorescence Integrated microchip
  • NASA Faculty Award, 2000, Polarimetric Imaging      
  • NATO Advanced Study Institute, Co-Organizer, Invited Lecturer, Italy, 2001     
  • NASA Faculty Fellowship Award, 2000
  • “Enrico Fermi” International School of Physics Fellowship Award, 1987

PATENT AWARDS AND APPLICATIONS

1.US Patent 6,804,041, “Photonic Processors and Optical Guiding Structures for Lightwave Applications, Systems, and Techniques”, October 2004.
2. US Patent, 6,207,958, “Multimedia Detectors for Medical Imaging”, March 23, 2001.
3. European Patent EP0990254, Multimedia Detectors for Medical Imaging, 04/05/2000
4. Canadian Patent, CA 2245862, “DETECTEURS MULTIMEDIAS POUR IMAGERIE MEDICALE”, 2006.
5. US Patent 6, 316, 773, on “Multidensity and Multi-atomic Number Detector Media with Gas-Electron Multiplier, for Imaging Applications”, November 13, 2001.
6. US Patent 6, 069, 362, on “Multidensity and Multi-atomic Number Detector Media for Applications”, May 30, 2000.
7. International Patent 99918933.5-2213, on “Multidensity and Multi-atomic Number Detector Media for Applications”, December 28, 2000.
8. International Patent, 99978511.4-2735, “Multimedia Detectors for Medical Imaging”, April 2003.
9. European Patent EP1090310, Multidensity and Multi-atomic Number Detector Media for Applications, 04//11/2001
10. Russian Patent, Multidensity and Multi-atomic Number Detector Media for Applications, April, 2005.
11. Canadian Patent, CA 2419869, MILIEUX DE DETECTION DE DENSITES ET NOMBRES ATOMIQUES MULTIPLES AVEC MULTIPLICATEUR D'ELECTRON DE GAZ POUR DES APPLICATIONS EN IMAGERIE, 2006
12. European Patent EP1314184, Multidensity and Multi-atomic Number Detector Media with Gas-Electron Multiplier, for Imaging Applications, 05/28/2003
13. European Patent EP1636556, Multispectral, laser-polarimetric Optical Imaging System, 03/22/2006
14. US Patent 7,420,675, George C. Giakos, “Multi-wavelength imaging system”, 9/2/2008
15. US Patent 7428050, George C. Giakos, Multispectral, multifusion, laser-polarimetric optical imaging system, 9/23/2008
16. US patent 7,823,215, Molecular imaging and nanophotonics imaging and detection principles and systems, and contrast agents, media makers and biomarkers, and mechanisms for such contrast agents, 2010.


Research Accomplishments

Space surveillance systems and signature detection
Detection of unresolved space objects
Ladars and lidars
Multispectral polarimetric sensor suites and imaging
Optical electronics and photonic devices
Biophotonics
Molecular nanophotonics and applied nanoscience
Biomedical imaging and cancer detection
Imaging of biofluids
Lab-on-a chip and optical microfluidics
Energy harvesting systems
Optical communications
Wavelets and fractal analysis

Education

Ph.D. ECE, Marquette University; Milwaukee, WI, USA, 1991; M.S Space Nuclear Physics, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA, 1986; Laurea in Applied Physics, University of Turin, Italy; 1978