W. Freeman, Kaertner and Schindall elevated to IEEE 2009 Fellows

Monday, December 1, 2008 (All day)

MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department faculty members William T. Freeman, Franz X. Kaertner and Joel Schindall have been selected as 2009 Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., the IIEEE, effective January 1, 2009. With over 365,000 members in over 150 countries around the world, the IEEE grants individual senior members the highest grade of membership--IEEE Fellow--through nomination by peers and approval by the IEEE Board of Directors for distinction in the profession. (Read more about the IEEE History of the Fellow Program).

As a Research Director of Artificial Intelligence in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, CSAIL, Bill Freeman, is currently involved in research in machine learning applied to computer vision, Bayesian models of visual perception, and interactive applications of computer vision. In 1997, he received the Outstanding Paper prize at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition for work on applying bilinear models to "separating style and content". Previous research topics include steerable filters and pyramids, the generic viewpoint assumption, color constancy, and computer vision for computer games. He holds 15 patents.

Prof. Freeman is cited by the IEEE in his elevation to Fellow for "contributions to computer vision, computer graphics and machine learning."

Professor Franz X. Kaertner is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at MIT, where he was a visiting professor in 1998 and returned to become a member of the EECS faculty in 2001 following a brief position at Universität Karlsruhe (TH) as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and holder of the Chair for Photonics and Terahertz Technology. Kaertner's research interests have included modeling and simulation of the nonlinear dynamics, noise in microwave oscillators and circuits, and quantum noise in optical fibers. His current interests are focused on ultrashort pulse generation in the few-cycle regime, frequency metrology, low noise femtosecond lasers and its applications in sampling and in timing distribution and synchronization systems and electronic-photonic integrated circuits. He serves on the program committees of CLEO Europe and CLEO US.

Prof. Kaertner is cited by the IEEE in his elevation to Fellow for "for contributions to ultrafast optics."

Prof. Joel Schindall, the Bernard Gordon Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and Associate Director of the Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems, LEES, re-joined the MIT faculty in June of 2002 after a 35 year career in the defense, aerospace and telecommunications industries. His research includes the invention and development of a nanotube-enhanced ultracapacitor which holds the promise of being superior to electrochemical batteries as a means of efficient regenerative electrical energy storage, and he has also supervised research on dynamic simulation and reliability analysis of complex safety-critical systems. As co-director of the Bernard M. Gordon - MIT Engineering Leadership Program, Dr. Schindall is actively engaged in a program to enhance, expand, focus, and disseminate the teaching of engineering design and leadership within the MIT School of Engineering.

Prof. Schindall is cited by the IEEE in his elevation to Fellow for "for leadership in satellite communication and surveillance systems."

Congratulations to Bill, Franz and Joel!