Munther Dahleh, Bill Freeman to team with EECS Dept Head Chandrakasan

Friday, June 17, 2011 (All day)

Anantha Chandrakasan, department head of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT (effective July 1), has announced that EECS faculty members Munther Dahleh, acting director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) and William Freeman, principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), will join his leadership team as Associate Department Heads for three year terms.

Chandrakasan shared this news with his colleagues:

"It is my pleasure to introduce the EECS Associate Department Heads Munther Dahleh and Bill Freeman.

Munther (Munzer) joined the faculty in 1987. He is internationally knownfor his fundamental contributions to robust control theory,computational methods for controller design, the interplay betweeninformation and control, the fundamental limits of learning and decisionin networked systems, and the detection and mitigation of systemic riskin interconnected and networked systems. Recently he has been interestedin social networks as well as the future power grid. He is the co-authorof two books on computational methods for robust control design. He andhis students have been recognized with a range of awards includingseveral best paper awards. Munzer has taught many courses in EECS bothat the undergraduate and graduate levels and received the graduatestudents best teaching award. He served as Area I chair during2007-2009. He also served on many institute and department committeesand is currently a housemaster at MacGregor house. He will continue toserve as acting Director of the Laboratory for Information and DecisionSystems until June 30, 2011.

Bill joined the faculty in 2001 and is a world-renowned leader in thefields of computer vision, computational photography, and machinelearning. Bill is active in the program and organizing committees of themajor computer vision, graphics, and machine learning conferences.Heserved as the program co-chair for the International Conference onComputer Vision(ICCV) in 2005, and will be the program co-chair forComputer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) in 2013. From 1981 -1987, he worked at Polaroid, developing image processing algorithms forelectronic cameras and printers. In 1987-88, he was a Foreign Expert atthe Taiyuan University of Technology, P. R. of China.From 1992 - 2001 heworked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL), in Cambridge, MA, asSr. Research Scientist and Associate Director, and was a CSAIL AssociateDirector during 2010."