John Canny

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John F. Canny
John Canny in his office at University of California, Berkeley (2013)
Alma materAdelaide University
Known forCanny edge detector
AwardsMachtey Award
Scientific career
FieldsComputer scientist
Doctoral studentsMing C. Lin
Dinesh Manocha

John F. Canny (born in 1958) is an Australian computer scientist, and Paul E Jacobs and Stacy Jacobs Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Computer Science Department of the University of California, Berkeley. He has made significant contributions in various areas of computer science and mathematics, including artificial intelligence, robotics, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, computer security, computational algebra, and computational geometry.


John Canny received his B.Sc. in Computer Science and Theoretical Physics from the University of Adelaide in South Australia, 1979, a B.E. (Hons) in Electrical Engineering, University of Adelaide, 1980, a M.S. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983 and 1987, respectively.[1]

In 1987, he joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley.

In 1987, he received the Machtey Award and the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. In 1999, he was the co-chair of the Annual Symposium on Computational Geometry. In 2002, he received the American Association for Artificial Intelligence Classic Paper Award for the most influential paper from the 1983 National Conference on Artificial Intelligence.[2] As the author of "A Variational Approach to Edge Detection" and the creator of the widely used Canny edge detector, he was honored for seminal contributions in the areas of robotics and machine perception.[3]

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Canny has published several books, papers and articles. A selection:


  1. ^ *John F. Canny | EECS at UC Berkeley. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  2. ^ "AAAI Classic Paper Award". Archived from the original on 13 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ Fall 2002 Archive | EECS at UC Berkeley. Retrieved 20 May 2009.

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