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Oct. 18, 2005 -- No. 500

Computer science faculty member receives
$625,000 fellowship for algorithm work

CHAPEL HILL – Dr. Marc Pollefeys, associate professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received a $625,000 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.

The fellowship program is designed to strengthen university-based science and engineering programs by supporting innovative researchers early in their careers. Each year, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation selects 16 fellows to receive $625,000 over five years to support their research. The program funds research in a broad range of disciplines, including astronomy; biology; chemistry; computer, earth and ocean science; mathematics; physics and all branches of engineering.

A member of UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences faculty since July 2002, Pollefeys plans to use the fellowship to develop algorithms that will enable camera networks to perform a multitude of observation tasks. Pollefeys’ work contributes to the area of three-dimensional graphic imaging.

Pollefeys focuses his research on computer vision – a field of computer science concerned with developing algorithms for extracting information from images in the real world. He has published more than 80 scientific papers, helped to organize major conferences and workshops and is on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, the main scientific journal in his area. 

"Marc is internationally recognized for the techniques he has developed to estimate the
three-dimensional structure of a scene from an uncalibrated video camera moving through the scene," said Dr. Jan Prins, professor and chairman of computer science at UNC. "The Packard Fellowship will support his extension of this work to address the extremely challenging problems in the reconstruction of dynamic scenes as viewed simultaneously from several cameras."

In 2003, Pollefeys received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award, which supports outstanding new teacher-scholars. He has received other awards, including the 1998 Marr Prize, an award given for the best paper appearing at the International Conference on Computer Vision.

Pollefeys is the third UNC recipient of a Packard Fellowship since its inception in 1988. Dr. Holden Thorp, Kenan professor of chemistry and department chairman, received the award in 1991. Dr. James Morken, associate professor of chemistry, received the award in 1998.

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