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January 9, 2013

UCSB Engineering Professor Honored as IEEE Fellow

Computer Science professor Matthew Turk has been elevated to the rank of Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Matthew Turk
Matthew Turk

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The College of Engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is proud to announce the elevation of Computer Science professor Matthew Turk to the rank of Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in recognition of his achievements in computer vision and perceptual interfaces research.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

At UCSB, Turk co-directs the Four Eyes Lab (ilab.ucsb.edu) and is a former chair of the Media Arts and Technology Graduate Program. He is the recipient of several outstanding paper awards, as well as a “most influential paper of the decade” award from the International Association for Pattern Recognition. He was awarded the 2011-2012 Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies.

Turk’s 1991 doctoral work at the MIT Media Lab on automatic facial recognition helped lead to practical face recognition systems used today in security and surveillance as well as in consumer applications. Before joining UCSB in 2000, he helped to found the Vision Technology group at Microsoft Research, where he worked on vision-based gesture recognition and multimodal interface technologies.

“I am proud to congratulate Professor Turk for this esteemed recognition by IEEE," said Rod Alferness, Dean of the UCSB College of Engineering. Alferness served as President of the IEEE Photonics Society and received the 2005 IEEE Photonics Award. "IEEE represents the world's most distinguished engineering, computing, and technology professionals, and the IEEE Fellow rank is a symbol of excellence among our faculty."


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