David Forsyth (computer scientist)

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David Forsyth
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David Forsyth
David A. Forsyth

Spouse(s)Margaret Fleck
Scientific career
ThesisColour constancy and its applications in machine vision (1988)
Doctoral advisorJ. Michael Brady[1]

David A. Forsyth is an American computer scientist and full professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, born in Cape Town, South Africa.


Forsyth holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.[citation needed] He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford for research supervisor J. Michael Brady in 1988.[1][2]

Career and research[edit]

He was a full professor at the University of California, Berkeley before moving to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He co-authored, with UIUC CS Professor Jean Ponce, 2002's "Computer Vision: A Modern Approach", one of the leading publications addressing the topic. He has published over 100 papers[peacock term] on computer vision, computer graphics and machine learning. He served as program co-chair for IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in 2000, general co-chair for IEEE CVPR 2006, program co-chair for ECCV 2008, program co-chair for IEEE CVPR 2011, general co-chair for IEEE CVPR 2015, and is a regular member of the program committee of all major international conferences on computer vision. He served on the NRC Committee on "Protecting Kids from Pornography and other Inappropriate Material on the Internet", which sat for three years and produced a study widely praised for its sensible content. He has received best paper awards at the International Conference on Computer Vision and at the European Conference on Computer Vision.

David Forsyth's research interest also includes graphics and machine learning; he served as a committee member of ICML 2008.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2013, he was elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[3]


  1. ^ a b David Forsyth at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Forsyth, David A. (1988). Colour constancy and its applications in machine vision (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 69733640.
  3. ^ ACM Names Fellows for Computing Advances that Are Transforming Science and Society, Association for Computing Machinery, accessed 2013-12-10.