ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award Winner – Pedro Felipe Felzenszwalb

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
April 16, 2014

The Grace Murray Hopper Award recognizes the outstanding young computer professional of the year. Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Murray Hopper was a computer pioneer who developed the first computer compiler and whose work led to the development of COBOL, one of the first computer programming languages.

ACM today recognized Pedro Felipe Felzenszwalb, an Associate Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at Brown University, with the Grace Murray Hopper Award for his technical contributions to the problem of object detection in images. His work on object recognition in pictures and video has impacted the fields of computer vision and machine learning.

He developed innovative methods that have become key building blocks for most solutions to object recognition. His recent approach uses a sliding window that is moved around the image, testing the underlying image data to determine if local patterns are properly located. In addition to his contributions of novel algorithms and theoretical results, his contributions of open-source software for computer vision has stimulated new research and applications.

He previously served as the Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence from 2009 to 2013 and as the Program Chair of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in 2011.

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