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Feb. 14: ECE Seminar – George Nagy

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10:30 a.m. MEC, room 114. George Nagy of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will be the speaker for the seminar “The Lifetime Reader”. This is an exposition of the hardware and software hurdles that must be overcome to deploy a wearable sensor that collects all the text that it sees or hears. The text is uploaded to a standard private platform (a smartphone or a laptop) or to a cloud service for character and speech recognition followed by indexing. Selected segments are retrieved on demand. Compared to queries on the World Wide Web, searching the prospective microcosm of information is analogous to finding one’s way in one’s backyard instead of in a national forest.

Nagy received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees from McGill University, and the PhD in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1962 (on neural networks). For the next ten years he conducted research on various aspects of pattern recognition at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights. From 1972 to 1985 he was Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (nine years as chair), and worked on geographic information systems, remote sensing applications, computational geometry, and human-computer computer interfaces. Since 1985 he has been Professor of Computer Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has held visiting appointments at the Stanford Research Institute, Cornell, the University of Montreal, the National Scientific Research Institute of Quebec, the University of Genoa and the Italian National Research Council in Naples and Genoa, AT&T and Lucent Bell Laboratories, IBM Almaden, McGill University, Institute for Information Science Research at the University of Nevada, University of Bern, Center for Image Analysis in Uppsala, Center for Scientific and Technological Center, Trento, University of Salerno, Palo Alto Research Center, the Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Science. In addition to recognition systems that improve with use, his interests include OCR, document image analysis, web-based ontologies, interactive visual recognition, geographic information systems and computational geometry, solid modeling, finite-precision spatial computation, and computer vision. He was codirector director of the ECSE DocLab and co-director with Prof. W.R. Franklin of the Computational Geometry Laboratory. He was promoted to Emeritus Professor in 2011.

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February 14
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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