Hatzinakos, Dimitrios




Contact Information
E-Mail: dimitris@comm.utoronto.ca
Phone: (416) 978-1613
Office: BA 4144
Website: www.comm.utoronto.ca/~dimitris


Dimitrios Hatzinakos received the Diploma degree from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1983, the MASc degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada, in 1986 and  the Ph.D. degree from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, in 1990, all in Electrical Engineering. In September 1990 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, where now he holds the rank of Professor with tenure. He has served as Chair of the Communications Group of the Department during the period July 1999 to June 2004. Since November 2004, he is the holder of the Bell Canada Chair in Mutimedia, at the University of Toronto. Also, he is the co-founder and since 2009 the Director  of the Identity, Privacy and Security Institute (IPSI) at the University of Toronto. His research interests and expertise are in the areas of  Multimedia Signal Processing, Multimedia Security, Multimedia Communications and Biometric Systems.


  • Listed in World’s Top 2% Scientists (based on impact and citations), Stanford University, 2020
  • Best Paper Award, International Conference of Cyberworlds, Caen, France (co-author), 2020
  • Fellow of the IEEE for contributions in Signal Processing, Communications and Multimedia, 2016
  • Research Matters selection for work on biometrics, Council of Ontario Universities, 2016
  • E. (Ben) and Mary Hochhausen Access Technology Research Award 2015, for the project “A Facial Recognition Mobile Application”
  • Paper selected for the Science of Security Index of Significant Research in Cyber Security from IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, “Earprint: Transient Evoked Otoacoustic Emission for Biometrics” (with Yuxi Liu), 2015
  • Best Poster Award (Runner-up) 2014, IEEE INFOCOM, Toronto, Ontario
  • Best Paper Award, New Applications of Cognitive Principles to Communications category, Worldwide Universities Network Initiative on Cognitive Communications (WUN CogCom), 2013
  • Best Student Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Kyoto, Japan (co-author), 2012
  • Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, 2012
  • University of Toronto Inventor of the Year Award in Engineering and Physical Sciences, 2012
  • Bell Canada Chair in Multimedia, University of Toronto, 2004–2014
  • Honorary Professorship, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2002–2005