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Halligan Hall
Room 236
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Tel: 617-627-5976
Fax: 617-627-3220

Research website

Karen Panetta
Dean of Graduate Education, School of Engineering


Ph.D., Northeastern University
M.S., Northeastern University
B.S., Boston University

Honors and Awards

  • IEEE Fellow, 2008
  • IEEE Major Educational Innovation Award, November 2010
  • APEX GRAND award for publication excellence for the IEEE.tv Nerd Girls Video 2010
  • 2010 Norm Augustine Award from the National Academies of Engineering and Science
  • Anita Borg Institute, Women of Vision Award, May 19, 2011.NSF CAREER Award
  • Co-founder of the first Tufts University School of Engineering Start-up company, BA Logix, Inc. based on Dr. Panetta's intellectual property


Classes Taught

  • Microprocessor design
  • Digital logic and analog circuits
  • Digital system testing
  • Computer animation

Selected Publications

  • Agaian, S. S., Panetta, K., & Grigoryan, A. M. (2001). Transform-based image enhancement algorithms with performance measure. IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 10(3), 367-382.
  • Agaian, S. S., Silver, B., & Panetta, K. A. (2007). Transform coefficient histogram-based image enhancement algorithms using contrast entropy. IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 16(3), 741-758.
  • Panetta, K., Zhou, Y., Agaian, S., & Jia, H. (2011). Nonlinear unsharp masking for mammogram enhancement. IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, 15(6), 918-928.
  • Panetta, K. A., Wharton, E. J., & Agaian, S. S. (2008). Human visual system-based image enhancement and logarithmic contrast measure. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B: Cybernetics, 38(1), 174-188.
  • Zhou, Y., Panetta, K., Agaian, S., & Chen, C. L. P. (2012). Image encryption using P-fibonacci transform and decomposition. Optics Communications, 285(5), 594-608.