National Science Foundation Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and World Renowned Robotics Expert will speak at UT Dallas

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Education and the Department of Computer Science of the University of Texas are pleased and proud to announce that Professor Ruzena Bajcsy, now Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Pennsylvania, will be visiting UT Dallas campus on March 29th, 2001. From 10:30-11:30am, Dr. Bajcsy will deliver a Seminar entitled “Information Technology Research Agenda” at the Polykarp Kush Auditorium in Room 2.102 in the Founders North Building on campus at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy (“buy chee”) was named the Assistant Director for the Computer Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE) on December 1, 1998. As head of NSF’s CISE directorate, Dr. Bajcsy manages a budget of approximately $300 million annually. Dr. Bajcsy is the sixth person to be named to this position since the directorate was created in 1986.

Dr. Bajcsy is a pioneering researcher in machine perception, robotics and artificial intelligence. She is a professor both in the Computer and Information Science Department and in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department and is a member of the Neuroscience Institute in the School of Medicine. She is also the director of the university’s General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception Laboratory, which she founded in 1978.

Dr. Bajcsy has done seminal research in the areas of human-centered computer control, cognitive science, robotics, computerized radiological/medical image processing and computer vision. She is highly regarded not only for her significant research contributions but also for her leadership in the creation of a world-class robotics lab, recognized world wide as a premiere research center. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering as well as the Institute of Medicine. She is especially known for her wide-ranging, broad outlook on the field and cross-disciplinary talent and leadership, successfully bridging such diverse areas as robotics and artificial intelligence, engineering and cognitive science.

Dr. Bajcsy received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Slovak Technical University in 1957 and 1967, respectively. She received a Ph.D. in computer science in 1972 from Stanford University, and since that time has been teaching and doing research at Penn’s Department of Computer and Information Science. She began as an assistant professor and within 13 years became Chair of the department. Prior to the University of Pennsylvania, she taught during the 1950s and 1960s as an instructor and assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Department of Computer Science at Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. She has served as advisor to more than 20 Ph.D. recipients.

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls approximately 6500 undergraduate and 4500 graduate students. UT Dallas faculty members have a long-established tradition of scholarly achievement and extra-mural funding, and its freshman class annually stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers strong bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees through each of its six large academic units, the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Human Development, Management, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences and The J. Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. This comprehensive breadth is complemented by an historical and authorized focus on engineering, management, and science.

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