Guillermo Sapiro

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Guillermo Sapiro received his B.Sc. (summa cum laude), M.Sc., and Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in 1989, 1991, and 1993 respectively. After post-doctoral research at MIT, Dr. Sapiro became Member of Technical Staff at the research facilities of HP Labs in Palo Alto, California. He was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, where he held the position of Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Vincentine Hermes-Luh Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Currently he is the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Professor with Duke University.

G. Sapiro works on theory and applications in computer vision, computer graphics, medical imaging, image analysis, and machine learning. He has authored and co-authored over 300 papers in these areas and has written a book published by Cambridge University Press, January 2001.

G. Sapiro was awarded the Gutwirth Scholarship for Special Excellence in Graduate Studies in 1991,  the Ollendorff Fellowship for Excellence in Vision and Image Understanding Work in 1992,  the Rothschild Fellowship for Post-Doctoral Studies in 1993, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 1998,  the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) in 1998, the National Science Foundation Career Award in 1999, and the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship in 2010. He received the test of time award at ICCV 2011. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on 2018.

G. Sapiro is a Fellow of IEEE and SIAM.

G. Sapiro was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professor of Computer Science
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Contact Information


  • D.Sc. Israel Institute of Technology (Israel), 1993

Research Interests

Image and video processing, computer vision, computer graphics, computational vision, biomedical imaging, brain imaging, cryo-tomography of viruses, computational tools in cryo-tomography, computational tools in early diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, differential geometry and differential equations, scientific computation, learning and high dimensional data analysis, sparse modeling and dictionary learning, applied mathematics.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Member. National Academy of Engineering. 2022
  • Member. American Academy of Arts & Sciences. 2018
  • Stansell Family Distinguished Research Award. Pratt School of Engineering. 2017
  • Distinguished Israel Pollack Lecturer. Technion (Haifa, Israel). 2016
  • Plenary Speaker. European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO). 2014
  • Fellow. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 2014
  • Member, Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications (BMSA). The National Academies. 2014
  • Science Advisory Board. Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), Brown University. 2014
  • Fellow. Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. 2013
  • Helmholtz Prize. IEEE Computer Society. 2011
  • National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow. US Department of Defense. 2010

Courses Taught

  • ECE 392: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 493: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 494: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 891: Internship

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Krishnappa Babu, Pradeep Raj, J Matias Di Martino, Zhuoqing Chang, Sam Perochon, Rachel Aiello, Kimberly L. H. Carpenter, Scott Compton, et al. “Complexity analysis of head movements in autistic toddlers.” J Child Psychol Psychiatry 64, no. 1 (January 2023): 156–66.
  • Major, Samantha, Dmitry Isaev, Jordan Grapel, Todd Calnan, Elena Tenenbaum, Kimberly Carpenter, Lauren Franz, et al. “Shorter average look durations to dynamic social stimuli are associated with higher levels of autism symptoms in young autistic children.” Autism 26, no. 6 (August 2022): 1451–59.
  • Papadaki, A., N. Martinez, M. Bertran, G. Sapiro, and M. Rodrigues. “Minimax Demographic Group Fairness in Federated Learning.” In Acm International Conference Proceeding Series, 142–59, 2022.
  • Chaudhary, Usamah N., Cambre N. Kelly, Benjamin R. Wesorick, Cameron M. Reese, Ken Gall, Samuel B. Adams, Guillermo Sapiro, and J Matias Di Martino. “Computational and image processing methods for analysis and automation of anatomical alignment and joint spacing in reconstructive surgery.” Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg 17, no. 3 (March 2022): 541–51.
  • Zhu, W., Q. Qiu, R. Calderbank, G. Sapiro, and X. Cheng. “Scaling-Translation-Equivariant Networks with Decomposed Convolutional Filters.” Journal of Machine Learning Research 23 (January 1, 2022).