Anastasios (Tas) Venetsanopoulos

Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering


We regret to announce that Dean Emeritus Anastasios (Tas) Venetsanopoulos passed away on November 17, 2014. Read the tribute in his memory, at

Anastasios Venetsanopoulos received the Bachelors of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering degree from the National Technical University of Athens (NTU), Greece, in 1965, and the M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Yale University in 1966, 1968 and 1969 respectively. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Toronto in September 1968 as a Lecturer and he was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1970, Associate Professor in 1973, and Professor in 1981. Prof. A.N. Venetsanopoulos has served as Chair of the Communications Group and Associate Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering. Between July 1997 – June 2001, he was Associate Chair: Graduate Studies of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and was Acting Chair during the spring term of 1998-99. In 1999 a Chair in Multimedia was established in the ECE Department, made possible by a donation of $1.25M from Bell Canada, matched with $1M of university funds. Prof. A.N. Venetsanopoulos served in this position as Inaugural Chairholder between 1999 and 2004 and two additional Assistant Professors were hired in the same area. Between 2001 – 2006 he served as the 12th Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering of the University of Toronto.

Prof. A.N. Venetsanopoulos was on research leave at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, the National Technical University of Athens, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the University of Florence and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and has also served as Adjunct Professor at Concordia University. He has served as lecturer in 138 short courses to industry and continuing education programs and as Consultant to numerous organizations; he is a contributor to thirty-five (35) books, a co-author of Nonlinear Filters in Image Processing: Principles Applications (ISBN-0-7923-9049-0), and Artificial Neural Networks: Learning Algorithms, Performance Evaluation and Applications (ISBN-0-7923-9297-3), Fuzzy Reasoning in Information Decision and Control systems (ISBN-0-77293-2643-1) and Color Image Processing and Applications (ISBN-3-540-66953-1), and has published over 800 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings on digital signal and image processing and digital communications.

Prof. Venetsanopoulos has served as Chair on numerous boards, councils and technical conference committees of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), such as the Toronto Section (1977-1979) and the IEEE Central Canada Council (1980-1982); he was President of the Canadian Society for Electrical Engineering and Vice President of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) (1983-1986). He was a Guest Editor or Associate Editor for several IEEE journals and the Editor of the Canadian Electrical Engineering Journal (1981-1983). He is a member of the IEEE Communications, Circuits and Systems, Computer, and Signal Processing Societies of IEEE, as well as a member of Sigma Xi, the Technical Chamber of Greece, the European Association of Signal Processing, the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario (APEO) and Greece. He was elected as a Fellow of the IEEE “for contributions to digital signal and image processing”, he is also a Fellow of the EIC, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the National Technical University of Athens, in October 1994. In October 1996 he was awarded the Excellence in Innovation Awardof the Information Technology Research Centre of Ontario and Royal Bank of Canada, “for innovative work in color image processing and its industrial applications”. In November 2003 he was the Recipient of the “Millennium Medal of IEEE”. In April 2001 he became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. In 2003 he was the recipient of the highest award of the Canadian IEEE, the MacNaughton Award and in 2003 he served as the Chair of the Council of Deans of Engineering of the Province of Ontario (CODE). In 2006 he was selected as the joint recipient of the 2003 IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding Paper Award.

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Contact Information

Tel: (416) 978-8670
Fax: (416) 978-4425
Office: BA4142

You may also contact Prof. Anastasios (Tas) N. Venetsanopoulos by mail at the following address:

Prof. Anastasios N. Venetsanopoulos
Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Toronto
10 King's College Road
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 3G4