David Forsyth (computer scientist)

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David Forsyth is a South African computer scientist and full professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, born in South Africa. He is married to Margaret Fleck, who is also a professor at the University of Illinois, and has three children.

He holds a BSc and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and an MA and D.Phil from Oxford University. He was a full professor at U.C. 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.

In 2013, he became a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[1]


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