Jón Atli Benediktsson received the Cand.Sci. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, in 1984, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 1987 and 1990, respectively. He is currently Rector/President and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Iceland. From 2009 to 2015, he was Pro-Rector of Science and Academic Affairs at the University of Iceland. From 2001 to 2014, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Trento, Italy. His research interests are in remote sensing, image analysis, pattern recognition, biomedical analysis of signals, and signal processing, and he has published extensively in those fields. Prof. Benediktsson is the 2011-2012 President of the IEEE Geoscience and and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) and has been on the GRSS Administrative Committee since 2000 He was Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS) from 2003 to 2008 and has served as Associate Editor of TGRS since 1999 and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing.Letters since 2003. Prof. Benediktsson is a co-founder of the biomedical start up company Oxymap. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of SPIE. He received the Stevan J. Kristof Award from Purdue University in 1991 as outstanding graduate student in remote sensing. In 1997, Dr. Benediktsson was the recipient of the Icelandic Research Council's Outstanding Young Researcher Award, in 2000, he was granted the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, in 2004, he was a co-recipient of the University of Iceland's Technology Innovation Award, in 2006 he received the yearly research award from the Engineering Research Institute of the University of Iceland, and in 2007, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. He is co-recipient of the 2012 IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing Best Paper Award. He was a co-recipient of the 2013 IEEE GRSS Highest Impact Paper Award and received in 2013 the IEEE/VFI Electrical Engineer of the Year Award. He is a member of Societas Scinetiarum Islandica and Tau Beta Pi.