Ali Bilgin, PhD

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute
Associate Professor, Medical Imaging
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-8943
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Bilgin's research interests are in signal and image processing, and medical imaging. Since imaging is a critical component of modern cancer research, he believes that he is well-positioned to contribute to cancer research.

Dr. Bilgin is currently the PI of an NCI-funded U01 grant that is investigating innovative image compression methods for Big Data applications. Image compression is a critical technology which enables Big Data research. He has been actively working on image compression for roughly two decades.

Dr. Bilgin has been an active member of the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) and participated in the development of the JPEG2000 standard. He co-founded a start-up company which worked on successful adoption of JPEG2000 as the compression standard for Digital Cinema.

Dr. Bilgin has also been working on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) research for over a decade. His research in this area has concentrated on accelerated MRI and MR parameter mapping.

Dr. Bilgin has published 175+ research papers and has ten issued and several pending patents. He serves/has served as Associate Editor for three of the leading journals in the areas of signal and image processing and computational imaging. He regularly serves as a reviewer in these areas for journals, conferences, and national and international funding agencies. Dr. Bilgin has served and continues to serve on organizing committees of numerous conferences. The research work in his laboratory has been externally and continuously supported by grants and contracts for over a decade. Thus, Dr. Bilgin believes that he is well-qualified to continue to contribute to imaging research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC). 

Dr. Bilgin would like to emphasize the collaborative nature of his work. As evidenced by his publication and grant history, he has benefited immensely by collaborating with other researchers and UACC has provided him with tremendous opportunities for collaboration. In addition, Dr. Bilgin was the recipient of a seed grant from UACC in his early career and he can directly credit this grant for starting his research program in compressive imaging. Dr. Bilgin has since published extensively in this area and has received millions of dollars in research funding. Therefore, the impact of UACC activities on his career has been substantial.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Imaging
Research Focus: 

Signal and image processing, data compression, magnetic resonance imaging

Academic Information

Electrical Engineering, University of Arizona, 2002
Master's Degree: 
Electrical Engineering, San Diego State University, 1995
Undergraduate School: 
Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 1992