Tülay Adali received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA, in 1992 and joined the faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, MD, the same year. She is currently a Distinguished University Professor in the  Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UMBC and is the director of the Machine Learning for Signal Processing Lab (MLSP Lab).

Prof. Adali assisted in the organization of a number of international conferences and  workshops including the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and  Signal Processing (ICASSP), the IEEE International Workshop on Neural Networks  for Signal Processing (NNSP), and the IEEE International Workshop on  Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP). She was the General Co-Chair,  NNSP (2001–2003); Technical Chair, MLSP (2004–2008); Program Co-Chair,  MLSP (2008, 2009, and 2014), International Conference on Independent Component  Analysis and Source Separation (2009); Publicity Chair, ICASSP (2000 and 2005);  and Publications Co-Chair, ICASSP 2008. She is the Technical Program Co-Chair for ICASSP 2017 and Special Sessions Co-Chair for ICASSP 2018.

Prof. Adali chaired the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) MLSP Technical  Committee (2003–2005, 2011–2013), served on the SPS Conference Board (1998–2006), IEEE SPS Signal Processing Theory and Methods (2010-2015) Technical Committee, and the IEEE SPS Bio Imaging and Signal Processing Technical Committee (2004–2007). She was an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2003–2006), IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (2007–2013), IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Signal Processing (2010-2013), and Elsevier Signal Processing Journal (2007–2010). She is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of the Proceedings of the IEEE and Journal of Signal Processing Systems for Signal, Image, and Video Technology.

Prof. Adali is a Fellow of the IEEE and the AIMBE, a Fulbright Scholar, recipient of 2013 University System of Maryland Regents' Award for Research, and an NSF CAREER Award. She has received a number of Best Paper Awards including a 2010 IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award. She was an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2012 and 2013.  Her current research interests are in the areas of statistical signal processing, machine learning for signal processing, and applications in medical image analysis and fusion.