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March 2: Carnegie Mellon To Celebrate Achievements of Takeo Kanade, March 8–9


Anne Watzman

Byron Spice

Carnegie Mellon To Celebrate Achievements of Takeo Kanade,
World-Renowned Expert in Robotics and Computer Vision

PITTSBURGH—Join the Carnegie Mellon University community March 8 and 9 for TK60, a celebration honoring the 60th birthday of world-renowned robotics and computer vision expert Takeo Kanade, the U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics.     

Takeo KanadeKanade is a legend in the Robotics Institute, at the university and in the global scientific community for his many research breakthroughs involving computer vision, sensors, multimedia, manipulators, and autonomous mobile robots for land and air. The fruits of his work in video-based vision systems have enabled robots to see, while his work in a medium he calls "virtualized reality" has shown people new ways to view and interact with the world.

In 2001, Kanade's "Eye Vision" technology, a segment of virtualized reality, wowed football fans watching Super Bowl XXXV. The game's action was captured by more than 30 cameras placed some 80 feet above the field at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Video streams from these cameras were combined by computer, and the resulting images reached viewers in a format that made them feel like they were flying through the scenes they saw.    

Kanade's contributions to robotics and the overall field of computer science are so great that he is listed among the top five computer science professionals in terms of the "impact factor," an index that measures the impact of researchers' work based on the number of references to their papers.

Kanade has been a Carnegie Mellon faculty member since 1980. He founded the world's first robotics doctoral program in 1989, and headed the Robotics Institute from 1992 to 2001. During his 27-year career at Carnegie Mellon, he has shepherded more than 60 students through a variety of doctoral programs.     

In July 2006, Kanade was named director of a new $15-million National Science Foundation-funded research center focused on improving the quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities. The goal of the Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center is to develop technologies that will help this growing segment of the population live independently and productively.    

The TK60 celebration will begin at 4 p.m., March 8, with a keynote speech by Yuichiro Anzai, president of Keio University, in Wean Hall 7500 on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

On March 9, everyone is invited to participate in a daylong technical symposium to be held in the Giant Eagle Auditorium, room A51 on the lower level of Baker Hall on campus. The program will reflect the diversity of Kanade's interests and span the areas of computer vision, medical and assistive technologies, and robotics.     

For more on the program, to register for the symposium and to sign the guest book, see For more on Takeo Kanade, see