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Klara Narhstedt is co-director of ADSC, as well as the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Coordinated Science Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She is the co-author of the textbooks "Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications," published by Prentice Hall 1995; "Multimedia Systems," published by Spring Verlag in 2004; and the author of the online book "QoS in Wireless Networks over Unlicensed Spectrum," published by Morgan & Claypool in 2012. She is the recipient of the Early NSF Career Award in 1996, the Junior Xerox Award in 1998, the IEEE Communication Society Leonard Abraham Award for Research Achievements in 2000, the University Scholar Award in 2008, the Humboldt Research Award in 2009, IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award in 2012, and ACM SIG Multimedia Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 2014. She was the editor-in-chief of the ACM/Springer Multimedia Systems Journal (2000-2007), associate editor of ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (2005-2011), associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (2012-now), associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security, general co-chair of ACM Multimedia 2006, general chair of ACM NOSSDAV 2007, general chair of IEEE PerCom 2009, and Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor (2002-2012). She was elected to serve as the chair of the ACM SIG Multimedia (2007-2013), and selected as a member of the Computing Research Associations's Computing Community Consortium (CCC) (2014-2017).
Klara Nahrstedt received her BA in mathematics from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 1984, and M.Sc. degree in numerical analysis from the same university in 1985. She was a research scientist in the Institute for Informatik in Berlin until 1990. In 1995 she received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Computer and Information Science. She is the ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, and the Member of Leopoldina German National Academy of Sciences.