It is with great sadness that the Executive Committee has been informed that Professor Maria Petrou passed away on October 15, 2012. Her funeral will be at 17:00 (local time) on October 16, 2012 in Kalamaria Thessaloniki.
After a distinguished career at University of Surrey, she joined the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College in London UK in 2005. In 2009, she became the Director of the Informatics and Telematics Institute of CERTH in Thessaloniki Greece while retaining as part time her chair at Imperial College. In addition of being a distinguished researcher, Professor Petrou was also known as a very active member of the IAPR Community. She held many positions in the IAPR including Editor of the Newsletter, Treasurer of the Executive Committee and member of standing and technical committees.
Professor Petrou will be remembered as someone who was hardworking, dedicated to research and student training and, for those who worked with her closely, was also a person with a very special sense of humor. Professor Petrou will be sadly missed.
An obituary for Professor Petrou appeared in the United Kingdom in The Telegraph.