Pioneering data-hiding techniques to protect intellectual property and secure information
Yun-Qing Shi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at NJIT, was named a 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
Dr. Shi is best known for devising methods to hide and retrieve data embedded in digitized images and speech. Data-hiding techniques are used to protect and verify intellectual property such as photos that have been digitally watermarked and can be accessed only by unlocking the encrypted information within the image, to name one widely known application. Data hiding is also used by organizations seeking to communicate secretly.
Dr. Shi holds 30 U.S. patents and has written or co-authored numerous publications, including one textbook, four chapters and more than 300 scientific papers. He was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2005 for his contributions to multidimensional signal processing. In 2010, he received an Innovators Award from the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, as well as a Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award from the Research and Development Council of New Jersey.
Election to NAI fellow status is the highest professional accolade bestowed on academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. With the election of the 2017 class, there are now 912 NAI Fellows, representing over 250 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes and collectively holding more than 32,000 issued U.S. patents.
Dr. Shi will be inducted this spring at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. He joins four other NJIT faculty members who have been named NAI Fellows in the last four years: Gordon Thomas, Atam Dhawan, Somenath Mitra and Kamalesh Sirkar.