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Professor Giakos is a Chairman and Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of Graduate Program, Manhattan College.
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 Physics from the University of Turin, Italy, a graduate Degree in Nuclear Instrumentation from the University of Edinburgh, UK, (1979), a MS Degree in Nuclear Space Physics from Ohio University, US, (1985), and a Ph.D. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Marquette University, US, (1991). Dr. Giakos research is articulated in the design of imaging systems, ladars and surveillance sensor platforms, multispectral polarimetry, nuclear instrumentation, design of cargo and airport security inspection systems for the Department of Defense and Homeland Security, as well as in the design of innovative molecular nanophotonics devices. His research group was among 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.
George Giakos invented the multiatomic-number, multidensity, digital radiographic imaging detectors operating on hybrid detection principles. This class of highly tunable and reconfigurable digital detectors operates under dual-energy detection principles and consists of two detector volumes of different material composition and atomic number. The front detector element absorbs and amplifies internally most of the low energy photons through avalanche-photoelectric conversion, while the rear detector absorbs most of the high energy photons, while providing high contrast, high specificity, and spatial resolution images, with high scatter rejection and specificity. In addition, he introduced novel active optical multispectral multifusion polarimetric detection principles using lasers or narrow beam infrared LEDs in conjunction with multimodality imaging modalities, to illuminate scenes at specific wavelengths and interrogate their respective reflectance spectral difference features. Further contrast enhancement of the target-to-background ratio can be obtained by doping the background surrounding the target with high-index-of-refraction molecules, polar molecules and dedicated nanostructures providing enhanced differential imaging information and distinct signatures related to the target material composition, morphological, physiological, chemical, biochemical, and metabolic information.
Dr. Giakos, has fostered several breakthrough inventions which have been rewarded with fifteen (15) US and international Patent Awards and more than 150 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.
Dr. Giakos is an IEEE Fellow, the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering (IJSISE), the Chairman of the TC-19 IEEE Technical Committee on “Imaging Measurements”, for the Instrumentation and Measurements Society, a Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Imaging Systems and Techniques in the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, 1996, a Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Imaging Systems and Techniques in the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, 2006, a Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Imaging Systems and Techniques in the Measurement Science and Technology Journal, 2008, a Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Imaging System and Techniques, IET Image Processing Journal, IOP, 2009. He is a member of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society, IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Nanotechnology Forum, and SPIE. He maintains active collaborations with the Department of Navy, Department of the Air Force, Lockheed Martin, NASA, NIH, and Cleveland Clinic. He is the founder, organizer and general chairman of the successful IEEE IM International Workshops and Conferences on Imaging Systems and Techniques.