Ljubisa Stankovic was born on June 1, 1960. He attended elementary school in Murino and Ivangrad. In Ivangrad he finished high school, as the best student in class in Ivangrad. As a high school student he won the first place at the competition in Mathematics in Montenegro, and a gold medal in a Yugoslav festival of young technicians.
He studied electrical engineering at the University of Montenegro from 1978 to 1982. During the studies he participated two times at the Meeting of Electrical Engineering Students of Yugoslavia, winning both times the fist place at the competition in Mathematics. He was awarded the gold plaque from the University of Montenegro as the best student graduating in 1982. The same year he was named as the best student in Montenegro.
Stankovic has finished master studies in communications in 1984 at the University of Belgrade. As a Fulbright grantee in 1984/85 we was at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA, where he passed all doctoral exams and was appointed as a teaching instructor. He defended Ph.D. thesis at the University of Montenegro in the field of electromagnetic waves propagation in 1988.
Since graduation in 1982 he has been employed at the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Montenegro. He has been a full professor since 1995. Stankovic was a member of Yugoslav Engineering Academy and a fist president of the Engineering Academy of Montenegro. Since 1996 Stankovic has been a member of the national Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts (CANU). Stankovic is a member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2010. During two mandate periods, 2003-2005 and 2005-2008, Stankovic was the rector of the University of Montenegro.
Stankovic has published numerous scientific papers, over 120 of them in the world leading scientific journals. His papers have been cited about four thousand times, while the applications and developments of his methods were the topic of numerous papers of eminent research groups from all over the world. Famous professors from the USA, in their paper on the estimation of spectra of discrete signals, have divided all estimators into two large families, naming one of them as variation on the Stankovic's class of estimators. In two papers, celebrating 50th anniversary of IEEE Signal Processing Society, contributions of Stankovic are cited by the name.
In the period of 1997-1998 and during 1999 and 2002 he was at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, supported by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. At the beginning of 2001 he was at the University of Technology in Eindhoven, Nederland, as a visiting professor. Several time he spent a period of time at the universities in Brest and Grenoble, France, working on common projects. He is a visiting academic at the Imperial College, London. Many times prof. Stankovic was a thesis advisor and a member of Ph.D. thesis defense committees, including several theses in Nederland, Australia, France and India. In the period of 2001-2003 research of the group lead by prof. Stankovic was supported by a grant of Volkswagen Foundation in Germany. Research of prof. Stankovic was financed for the period 2003-2013 by the Ministry of Defense, R&D Department, of the Government of Canada.
Stankovic was a member of the IEEE Committee for Theory and Methods in Signal Processing from 2002 to 2008 and a member of the Steering Committee for the Higher Education of the Counsel of Europe. Stankovic is one of the editors in the world leading journal in Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. He was one of the editors in famous journals IEEE Signal Processing Letters and IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. He was also a guest editor of several special issues in signal processing, including several issues of respectable journals printed in the United Kingdom from the IET (former IEE) edition.
Stankovic was awarded the highest state award of Montenegro in 1997 for his scientific achievements. In a period during 80's he was active in art photography where he had recognizable achievements on exhibitions in Montenegro and Yugoslavia.
Stankovic was active in political life of Montenegro and Yugoslavia. He was one of 6 members of the Montenegrin Presidency (1989-1991), president of the Socialist Party of Montenegro (1990-1993), president of the multiparty Democratic Forum that established conditions for multiparty system and first democratic elections in Montenegro in 1990, president of the Alliance of Reformists of Montenegro (1990-1992) and a candidate of this Alliance for the president of Montenegro on the first multiparty elections in 1990, a member of Montenegrin Parliament (1991-1992) and a member of Yugoslav Parliament (1992-1996). In 2010 Stankovic was appointed to the position of ambassador of Montenegro to the United Kingdom, and ambassador of Montenegro to Ireland and Republic of Iceland.
Stankovic is the associate editor of the world leading journal in signal processing, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, since 2008. During 2013. his textbook “Time-Frequency Signal Analysis with Applications” (668 pages) is published by one of the world leading publishing companies, Artech House, Boston, USA. His chapter on time-frequency analysis (120 pages) is published in a reference book Academic Press Library in Signal Processing, by Academic Press, at the same time on all continents in 2013.