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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Kim Boyer is Head of the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received the BSEE (with distinction), MSEE, and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering, from Purdue University in 1976, 1977, and 1986, respectively. From 1977 through 1981 he was with Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ; from 1981 through 1983 he was with Comsat Laboratories, Clarksburg, MD. From 1986-2007 he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Ohio State University. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of IAPR, and a former IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Speaker. Dr. Boyer's research interests include all aspects of computer vision and medical image analysis, including perceptual organization, structural analysis, graph theoretical methods, stereopsis in weakly constrained environments, optimal feature extraction, large modelbases, and robust methods. His current research activities include mapping the surface of the dynamic prelens tear film from interferometric video and intelligent illumination control for photoxicity mitigation in live cell imaging. Dr. Boyer is Treasurer of the International Association for Pattern Recognition, as well as a US delegate to the Governing Board. He is a former Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Area Editor of Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Associate Editor of Machine Vision and Applications, Chair of the first two IEEE Computer Society Workshops on Perceptual Organization, was a charter member of the DARPA IUE Technical Advisory Committee, and was a member of the initial ORD RADIUS Technical Oversight Committee. Dr. Boyer has published five books and more than 100 scientific papers. He has lectured in nearly 30 countries around the world.
State Department Profile
Dr. Boyer served as Senior Science Advisor to the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, working in the Office of Democracy, Regional Markets, and Integration and coordinating with the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser. He worked with representatives from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Peru to develop scholar exchange programs, studied the relationship between innovation in science and engineering and economic development, examined possibilities for science and engineering as instruments of diplomacy in post-transition Cuba, and researched standards and codes necessary for biofuels to become internationally traded commodities. While at State he studied the impact of technological innovation on economic development in scientifically lagging and scientifically developing countries. He also developed policy recommendations for the use of science and engineering as instruments of diplomacy.