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2014 Was a Busy and Productive Year

Working with them on a daily basis as we do — seeing their commitment to students and the field of computer science and engineering, we know the caliber of our faculty. Their dedication is evident in the classroom and the research lab. That makes us even more proud to congratulate them when they receive much-deserved accolades from professional organizations outside of the University. This past year, 2014, was a banner year for our faculty receiving awards; these ranged from fellow distinctions to young researcher honors and more; five of them — all in different stages of their careers — received such recognition. Here is a quick recap:

Kevin W. Bowyer, the Schubmehl-Prein Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was named a recipient of the 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE) Computer Society’s Technical Achievement Award.  He was recognized for his “pioneering contributions to the science and engineering of biometrics.”

Bowyer directs the biometrics research group with Patrick Flynn, the Duda Family Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. Since 2001 Bowyer, his students, and collaborators have been researching the feasibility of image-based biometrics and multi-biometrics. They have collected the largest database of multi-modal biometrics in the world, including first-of-their-kind comparisons of facial photographs, facial thermograms, 3-D facial images, iris images, ear and hand shapes and videos of human gait. His research interests encompass computer vision and pattern recognition, including biometrics, data mining, object recognition, medical image analysis, ethics and computing, and computer science education.

Nitesh V. Chawla, the Frank M. Freimann Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Early Career Award. Chawla, who serves as director of both the Interdisciplinary Center of Network Science and Applications and the Data, Inference, Analytic, and Learning Lab, has been the recipient of multiple national awards for research and teaching innovation.

His area of research is data mining, machine learning, and network science. He is also pioneering interdisciplinary applications with innovative work in healthcare analytics [data-driven personalized healthcare focused on improving patient-centered diagnoses and care management], climate, and environmental and network science.

Professor Danny Z. Chen was named an IEEE Fellow in 2014, the highest grade of membership and distinction reserved for select members who have established an extraordinary record of accomplishments. He was also named a Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery for fundamental contributions to geometric computing and medical applications relating to radiation cancer treatment and medical imaging.

A senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery, Chen holds five U.S. patents for technology development in computer science and engineering and biomedical applications. He has published more than 290 journal and conference papers, and he was selected as a Laureate in the 2011 Computerworld Honors Program for his work in arc-modulated radiation therapy. He was also named an NSF CAREER Award recipient in 1996.


Ted H. McCourtney Professor Peter M. Kogge received the 2014 Charles Babbage Award from the IEEE. It is bestowed on individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the field. Kogge, the developer of the space shuttle I/O processor, the world’s first multicore processor, and a number of other important innovations, was recognized “for innovations in advanced computer architecture and systems.” His research areas include massively parallel processing architectures, advanced VLSI and nanotechnologies and their relationship to computing systems architectures, non-von Neumann models of programming and execution, and parallel algorithms and applications and their impact on computer architecture.

An IEEE Fellow, Kogge also won the 2012 Seymour Cray Award. He is the co-inventor on more than three dozen patents and the author of two textbooks, including the first textbook on pipelining, a now ubiquitous technique for executing multiple instructions in a computer in parallel. He has also led a team of computer professionals for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to explore development of a supercomputer capable of executing a quintillion mathematical operations per second.


Highlighting a long career of service, John J. Uhran senior associate dean emeritus and professor emeritus of computer science and engineering, was named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The ASEE awards the grade of Fellow to individuals who have been members for a minimum of 10 years and in recognition of outstanding contributions to engineering or engineering technology education.

Although his research interests focused initially on communication theory and systems, and simulation techniques, he maintained a special interest in engineering education throughout his career, providing significant leadership in the development of many undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering. He has been actively involved in both the IEEE and ASEE, an advisor for Tau Beta Pi, and is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, and Alpha Phi Omega.