Robert Pless to chair Computer Science department

Dr. Pless
December 28, 2016

Dr. Robert Pless joined GW’s Department of Computer Science on January 1, 2017 as professor of computer science and chair of the department.  He will be the inaugural holder of the Patrick and Donna Martin Endowed Professorship.  Dr. Pless previously was a professor of computer science on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis, where he founded and directed the Media and Machines Laboratory as a focal point for the teaching and research of machine learning, robotics, human computer interaction, graphics and vision.  He received his B.S. degree from Cornell University in 1994 and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2000.

Dr. Pless conducts research on developing computer vision algorithms for geometric inference with applications to biomedical imaging, remote sensing, robotics, and social justice.  He has published more than 125 journal and conference papers, including 31 with undergraduate co-authors, and several recognized with best paper awards at the International Conference on the Use of Computers in Radiation Therapy (ICCR 2007), the International Conference on Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention (ICDP 2013), and the IEEE Workshop on Computational Cameras and Displays (CCD 2016).

His work has been supported financially by generous grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Office of Naval Research, Lockheed Martin, Adobe, and the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.