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NJIT Honors Computer Scientist and Expert on Mathematical Morphology

Frank Y Shih, a professor of computer science at NJIT, who is a steganography expert and author of a reference book about image processing and mathematical morphology, has received the NJIT Excellence in Research Award. The honor was awarded Sept. 2, 2009 at the University Convocation, an annual celebration.  Shih, of Morris Plains, is a professor in NJIT’s College of Computing Sciences.

Image Processing and Mathematical Morphology: Fundamentals and Applications (CRC Publisher, 2009) offers a comprehensive overview of morphological mechanisms and techniques and their relation to image processing. More than merely a tutorial on vital technical information, the book places this knowledge into a theoretical framework. Morphology is a branch of biology that deals with the forms and structures of animals and plants. It analyzes the shapes and forms of objects. Shih is the author of an earlier text, Digital Watermarking and Steganography: Fundamentals and Techniques (CRC, 2008).

Shih was among the earliest researchers to initiate mathematical morphology research with applications to image processing, feature extraction, and object representation.  He has received the Research Initiation Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and numerous grants from NSF, U.S. Navy and Air Force and industry.

Shih received his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University; he has published 100 journal papers, 95 conference papers, 2 books, and 10 book chapters. He’s on the editorial board of nine international journals in this field including the International Journal of Pattern Recognition; International Journal of Pattern Recognition Letters; International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence and  Journal of Information Hiding and Multimedia Signal Processing. 

 Convocation at NJIT traditionally honors select faculty and staff members who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period.  “We reward them not only for their achievement, but because their leadership serves as a testament to NJIT’s commitment to excellence,” said Donald H. Sebastian, PhD, Acting Provost and vice president of research and development. 

A. Zachary Yamba, EdD, President of Essex County College, was the keynote speaker.  Yamba is the longest-serving college president in New Jersey, who is widely credited with transforming Essex County College into the vibrant and progressive institution that today enrolls more than 20,000 students.  Yamba was one of the early founders of a partnership that has enabled ECC and neighboring NJIT, Rutgers-Newark and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to collaborate on numerous collegiate and community initiatives in the city’s University Heights district.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.