Professors Hoi-Kwong Lo (left) and Steve Mann (right) (supplied images)

Hoi-Kwong Lo and Steve Mann named IEEE Fellows

Professors Hoi-Kwong Lo and Steve Mann from the Edward S. Rogers Sr. department of electrical and computer engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering have been named 2024 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Fellows.

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization. Its fellowships represent the highest grade of membership, and are given to those whose accomplishments in engineering, science and technology have shown significant value to society.

Lo was named for his contributions to the theory and practice of quantum cryptography. “To develop quantum science into technologies, it is important to consider real-life constraints and imperfections, which is an engineer’s strength,” said Lo. “These real-life constraints should be regarded as opportunities, in the same way that real-life constraints of quantum phenomena inspire new research directions.”

Mann was recognized for contributions to wearable and immersive computing technologies.

For decades, Mann used computer-mediated vision systems that he invented, which he wore as a head-mounted display in his everyday life.

Many of his inventions occurred in the field of digital imaging. For example, he invented High Dynamic Range (HDR), which combines multiple differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter. HDR is now used in nearly every commercially manufactured camera and smartphone.

“Professors Lo and Mann are seen as pioneers in their respective fields, with distinguished careers that are internationally renowned,” said Professor Deepa Kundur, chair of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. department of electrical and computer engineering. “Their election as IEEE Fellows reflects the significant role they play within the worldwide engineering research and development community.”

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