Takeo Kanade is the U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon. He received his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1974. After holding a faculty position at the Department of Information Science, Kyoto University, he joined Carnegie Mellon in 1980, where he was the director of the Robotics Institute from 1992 to 2001.
Professor Kanade has worked in multiple areas of robotics: computer vision, multimedia, manipulators, autonomous ground and air mobile robots, and sensors. He has written more than 300 technical papers and reports in these areas, as well as more than 20 patents. He has been the principal investigator of more than a dozen major vision and robotics projects at Carnegie Mellon. Professor Kanade has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow of the IEEE, the ACM, and American Association of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and the former and founding editor of International Journal of Computer Vision.
The awards he received include the C&C Award, Joseph Engelberger Award , Allen Newell Research Excellence Award, JARA Award, Funai Accomplishment Award, and Marr Prize. Professor Kanade has served for government, industry, and university advisory or consultant committees, including Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) of National Research Council, NASA's Advanced Technology Advisory Committee, and PITAC Panel for Transforming Healthcare Panel.
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"I have been engaged in intelligent sensing and robotics technologies for military, space, and entertainment applications. As my mother is in a nursing home and receives intensive care, developing technologies that directly serve the needs of daily life reflects my personal, as well as societal, commitment."