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  Takeo Kanade's Biography      

Takeo Kanade is the U. A. 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. After holding a faculty position at the Department of Information Science, Kyoto University, he joined Carnegie Mellon University in 1980 as a Senior Research Scientist of Computer Science and the then newly established Robotics Institute. At Carnegie Mellon, he became Associate Professor with tenure in 1982, and then Professor in 1985. He was Director of the Robotics Institute from 1992 to 2001. Kanade has also been the founding director of the Digital Human Research Center in Japan's National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology in Tokyo since 2001. Most recently, he is the Co-Director of the new Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center, a joint program established by NSF's funding between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Kanade's research interests span a wide range of areas: vision, sensors, control, multimedia, manipulators, and autonomous mobile robots. His contributions range from basic theories to devices and total systems. He has written more than 300 technical papers and holds more than 20 patents. His contributions in vision include: face recognition (one of the earliest computer face recognition programs, and later face detectors), shape recovery from line drawings (known as Origami World theory and skew symmetry), stereo (multi-baseline stereo and the world's first full-image video-rate stereo machine), motion image analysis (known as the Lucas-Kanade tracker) and a structure-from-motion theory (known as Tomasi-Kanade factorization), and VLSI computational sensors. He was the co-developer of the concept of direct-drive manipulators and the world's first prototype (CMU DD Arm I). He has initiated, led and collaborated on several major autonomous mobile robots and various application systems since the mid-1980s, including Carnegie Mellon's driverless cars (NavLab), the autonomous helicopter (Robocopter), the computer-assisted hip-replacement surgery system (HipNav), and video surveillance and monitoring system (VSAM). Since 1995, Kanade has been developing a new visual media, which he named "Virtualized Reality". A time-varying event, such as sports, dancing or surgery, is captured by a large number of surrounding cameras, and transformed to a complete 4-D description (time, 3D, and appearance). As one of the applications of such multi-camera technology, he developed a Matrix-like replay system used for broadcasting portions of Super Bowl IIIV in 2001 called CBS "EyeVision".

Dr. Kanade has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, American Association of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Society of Japan, and Institute of Electronics and Communication Engineers of Japan. The awards he received include the C&C Award, the Joseph Engelberger Award, FIT Funai Accomplishment Award, the Allen Newell Research Excellence Award, the JARA Award, Marr Prize and Longuet-Higgins Prize. Dr. Kanade has served for many government, industrial, and university advisory boards, including the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) of the National Research Council, NASA's Advanced Technology Advisory Committee, PITAC Panel for Transforming Healthcare Panel, and the Advisory Board of Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.


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