Charles A. Bouman

Showalter Professor

of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN 47907


Phone: (765) 494-0340




Charles A. Bouman received a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and a MS degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982. From 1982 to 1985, he was a full staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and in 1989 he received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University. He joined the faculty of Purdue University in 1989 where he is currently the Showalter Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.

Prof. Bouman’s research is in the area of computational imaging and sensing where he is focused on the integration of signal processing, statistical modeling, physics, and computation to solve difficult sensing problems with applications in healthcare, material science, physics, chemistry, commercial and consumer imaging. His research resulted in the first commercial model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) system for medical X-ray computed tomography (CT), and he is co-inventor on over 50 issued patents that have been licensed and used in millions of consumer imaging products. Professor Bouman is a member of the National Academy of Inventors, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a Fellow of the society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T), a Fellow of the SPIE professional society. He is the recipient of the 2014 Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year award, and the IS&T’s Raymond C. Bowman Award; and in 2020, his paper on Plug-and-Play Priors won the SIAM Imaging Science Best Paper Prize. He has been a Purdue University Faculty Scholar and received the College of Engineering Engagement/Service Award, and Team Award. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing; a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Signal Processing Society; and a Vice President of Technical Activities for the IEEE Signal Processing Society, during which time he led the creation of the IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging. He has been an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, and the SIAM Journal on Mathematical Imaging. He has also been a Vice President of Publications and a member of the Board of Directors for the IS&T Society, and he is the founder and Co-Chair of the SPIE/IS&T conference on Computational Imaging.