Faculty promotions announced: Demaine, Indyk, Perreault, Matusik, Watts

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February 4, 2011

Department Head Eric Grimson shared news today of faculty promotions, as announced by the Academic Council and the MIT Corporation, of five Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department faculty members. Erik Demaine, Piotr Indyk, and Dave Perreault are promoted to full professor and Wojciech Matusik and Mike Watts are promoted to associate professor (without tenure).

Erik Demaine's research interests range throughout algorithms--from data structures for improving web searches to the geometry of understanding how proteins fold to the computational difficulty of playing games. Erik is principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL, where he is also a member of the Theory of Computation Group as well as the Algorithms Group.

Piotr Indyk has been working on high dimensional computational geometry, data stream algorithms, and low-distortion embeddings. Additional interests include algorithmic coding theory, geometric and combinatorial pattern matching, and learning theory. Piotr is a member of the Theory of Computation Group and principal investigator with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab.

Dave Perreault's interests include the design of electronic systems, controls, and instrumentation, and their application to a wide variety of engineering problems. His ongoing research focuses on power electronics including their design as a major consideration in all kinds of systems. Dave is a member of the Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems, LEES, and a member of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, RLE, at MIT.

Wojciech Matusik's research interests are in the area of computer graphics, particularly in data-driven materials, virtual human, and computational photography and display. His main research goal is to bridge the gap between the digital and real world. He joined the EECS Department at MIT this month and is a principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL.

Mike Watts is currently working in the electromagnetic modeling, fabrication and testing of complex photonic microsystems. Mike is pursuing large-scale integration techniques for photonic microsystems in order to form thermal imagers out of these microphotonic elements. Mike is a principal investigator with the Research Laboratory of Electronics, RLE, where he heads the Photonic Microsystems Group.