Juan Pablo Bello is elected as an IEEE fellow


Juan Pablo Bello wears many hats — among them, professor of computer science and engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYU Tandon; professor of music technology at NYU Steinhardt; former director of the Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP); and director of the Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL). Recently, he added another: Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 

IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced recently that Bello was being named to its 2024 Class of Fellows, citing his “contributions to sound detection and retrieval.”

Bello, the author of more than 150 widely cited papers and articles and a member of the Institute’s Signal Processing Society, has won particular acclaim for his development of new technologies for the computational analysis and classification of environmental sound and music. His notable initiatives include acoustic sensor networks and machine learning work for the monitoring and analysis of urban noise pollution, research conducted as part of the Sounds of New York City (SONYC) project, as well as extensive work in bioacoustics for bird migration monitoring, and the advancement of groundbreaking techniques for music information retrieval.  

Bello’s most recent research includes audio and audio-visual representation learning using self-supervision; AI-based 3D sound scene analysis, including the detection, localization and tracking of sound sources in real-world scenes; few-shot, continual and active learning for data-efficient sound classification; and real-time, audiovisual machine perception to  support the development of intelligent AR assistants.

“I congratulate Professor Bello on his well-deserved honor,” said NYU Tandon School of Engineering Dean Jelena Kovačević. “He joins a long list of Tandon faculty members who have been recognized by the IEEE for their important research, and we are proud to call him a colleague. I am confident that he will continue to build upon his already impressive body of socially beneficial work in the future.”