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Lina Karam

Lina Karam

Professor, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
Arizona State University
PO Box 875706
Tempe, AZ 85287-5706


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Lina Karam is currently a professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, and the director of the R&D Image, Video, and Usability (IVU) Lab. She also served as the Computer Engineering Graduate Program Chair and as Computer Engineering Director for Industry Engagement at ASU. She is also the President of PICARIS, LLC, a consulting company on media processing, compression, understanding, and analytics, and serves as expert consultant in patent litigation. Karam is the Editor-In-Chief of the prestigious IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing. She is an IEEE Fellow, the highest grade level in IEEE which is conferred each year to no more than one-tenth of 1% of all IEEE voting members, for her contributions in the image and video processing, visual media compression and transmission, and digital filtering areas. Karam is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, NASA Technical Innovation Award, the Intel Outstanding Researcher Award, the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Best Journal Paper Award, IEEE Phoenix Section Outstanding Faculty Award, and IEEE Region 6 Award. Her industrial experience includes image and video processing and compression development at AT&T Bell Labs (Murray Hill), multi-dimensional data processing and visualization at Schlumberger, and collaborations on computer vision, machine learning, automated mobility, digital filtering, image/video processing, compression, and transmission projects with various industries including Intel, Qualcomm, Google, NTT, TCL, Motorola, Freescale, General Dynamics, Texas Instruments, NXP, The Mathworks, and NASA. She directed numerous funded projects that led to successful technology transfer with industry partners. She recently initiated an ASU-Silicon Valley Industry Partnership Program for Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Students, and was recently invited to participate as a judge in Vision Tank 2019, a competition event held in Silicon Valley for startup companies. She initiated and helped in establishing the World’s First Visual Innovation Award in 2016 and more recently the World’s First Multimedia Star Innovator Award in 2019. Karam served as the lead ASU ADAS faculty advisor for the DoE/GM sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (EcoCAR3) Competition. She also led interdisciplinary university-industry-government initiatives for defining the next-generation of safe and efficient automated mobility at scale and is currently serving as the lead guest editor of a special issue on autonomous driving. Karam was recently featured on FOX 10 News (October 30, 2018) in a segment on driverless cars and in a news article in the Phoenix Business Review Journal on Waymo’s Self-Driving Truck Testing. She also participated in various panels on self-driving cars and smart cities including panels organized for law professionals, local cities, and public outreach. Karam has over 220 technical publications and she is an inventor on seven issued US patents. She is a member of the National Academy of Inventors, ASU Chapter. She served on the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Strategic Planning Committee, the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s (SPS) Board of Governors, the IEEE Circuits and Systems’ Fellow Evaluation Committee, the IEEE SPS Conference Board, and on the editorial boards of several high-impact journals. She served as General Co-Chair of IEEE ICME 2019, General Chair for IEEE ICIP 2016, Technical Program Chair for IEEE ICIP 2009, and General Chair for the 2011 IEEE DSP/SPE Workshops. She co-founded the international QoMEX conference. She is currently serving on the IEEE SPS Publication Board, IEEE SPS Award Board, and as a member of the IEEE SPS Image, Video & Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee, and of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society’s DSP Technical Committee.


  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1995
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, American University of Beirut, 1992
  • BE, Computer and Communications Engineering, American University of Beirut, 1989




Karam, L. J. and N. Mounsef. 2008. Introduction to Engineering: A Starter's Guide With Hands-On Analog Multimedia Explorations. Morgan & Claypool. DOI: 10.2200/S00139ED1V01Y200806ENG006. ISBN: 9781598297591 .

Karam, L. J. and N. Mounsef. 2008. Introduction to Engineering: A Starter's Guilde with Hands-On Digital Multimedia and Robotics Explorations. Morgan & Claypool. ISBN: 9781598297621.

Book Chapters


Molieri, V., L. J. Karam and Z. Lacroix. 2015. CLAST: Clustereing biological sequences. Pp. 203-220 In: Tran, Q. N. and H. Arabnia eds., Emerging Trends in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Systems Biology. Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-12-802508-6. (link )

Thesis (PhD)


Karam, L. J. 1995. Design of Complex Digital FIR Filters in the Chebyshev Sense. PhD dissertation. Georgia Institute of Technology.