Yi Chen, who received her PhD in electrical and computer engineering in 2012, has been honored with the IEEE GRSS Highest Impact Paper Award for her article titled Hyperspectral Image Classification via Kernel Sparse Representation. Chen was the lead author on the paper and collaborated with ECE professor Trac Tran and West Virginia University professor Nasser M Nasrabadi.

The IEEE GRSS Highest Impact Paper Award recognizes the author or authors who have published during the past five years in an IEEE GRSS Journal, with a scientific paper that has received the highest number of citations and impact over the past 5 years as measured by the Thomson Reuters Web of Science citation index. The group will be awarded a certificate and check for $3,000 at IGARSS 2018 at the awards banquet.

Yi Chen is currently a software engineer at Google.