Robotics engineer gives Ian Howard lecture today

Robotics engineer Takeo Kanade of Carnegie Mellon University gives the fourth Ian P. Howard Lecture in Vision Science today in the Accolade East Recital Hall at 2pm.

The title of Kanade’s lecture is "A Large Scale Tracking Problem: Tracking Migrating and Proliferating Cells in Phase-Contrast Microscopy Imagery". A wine and cheese reception will follow.

Kanade (left) is the U. A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He received his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1974 and joined Carnegie Mellon in 1980. He was director of Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute from 1992 to 2001.

Kanade works in multiple areas of robotics: computer vision, multi-media, manipulators, autonomous mobile robots and sensors. He has written more than 250 technical papers and reports in these areas, and holds more than 15 patents. He has been the principal investigator of more than a dozen major vision and robotics projects at Carnegie Mellon.

His research interests lie in computer vision, visual and multi-media technology, and robotics. His current projects include basic research and system development in computer vision (motion, stereo and object recognition), recognition of facial expressions, virtual reality, content-based video and image retrieval, computational sensors, medical robotics and an autonomous helicopter.