Kanade Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences


June 23, 2004

Takeo Kanade, Carnegie Mellon University's U.A. and Helen Whitaker Professor of Computer Science (CS) and Robotics; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the world-renowned former director of the university's Robotics Institute, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy recognized Kanade for his achievements in the fields of computer vision, visual and multi-media technology, and robotics.

Founded in 1780, the Academy is an international academic society composed of the world's leading scientists, scholars, artists, business people and public leaders. Its purpose is "to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people."

Election to the Academy is a prestigious honor, reserved for those who have made major contributions to society. Past members have included Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell and Albert Einstein. Other Carnegie Mellon faculty who are academy members include Manuel Blum, Dana S. Scott and Raj Reddy in the School of Computer Science (SCS) and John Robert Anderson, Robyn M. Dawes and Teddy I. Seidenfeld in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

"One of the strengths of Carnegie Mellon is that many of our top researchers also selflessly give of themselves to the betterment of the institution. Takeo is a prime example of such a person," said Randal Bryant, Pres. Professor and Dean, CS; Professor of ECE.

Kanade is internationally known for a number of his achievements. He developed the first complete system for face recognition by computers for his doctoral thesis. Since then, he has explored the science of computer vision. To do so, Kanade and his research group have evaluated the physical, geometrical, optical and statistical processes involved in vision and translated them into mathematical models.

He also co-developed the world's first direct-drive robot arm, which is used by several robot manufacturers and is recognized as the most advanced robot arm technology. Kanade also has made significant strides in visual media technology. His development of virtualized reality technology, part of which was demonstrated as EyeVision in the 2001 Super Bowl broadcast, gives people the ability to see scenes from multiple camera angles, allowing for more accurate and intense viewing.

Throughout his career, Kanade has published more than 200 papers on his work in many areas of robotics. "He served a long and successful tenure as director of the Robotics Institute and he has been very supportive of the efforts by individuals and groups across SCS," Bryant said.

A native of Kyoto, Japan, Kanade received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Kyoto University in 1974. He came to Carnegie Mellon in 1980 after teaching at the Department of Information Science at Kyoto University. At the Robotics Institute, Kanade created the world's first robotics doctoral program and served as its founding chair from 1989-1993. In 1993, he was awarded the U.A. and Helen Whitaker Chair; in 1998, he was awarded the title of University Professor, Carnegie Mellon's highest academic distinction. He was named director of the university's Robotics Institute in 1992 and held that position until 2001.

Kanade is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and a fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence.

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