Michael Gennert named Head of WPI's Computer Science Department

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Monday, December 8 - Michael Gennert has been named head of Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Computer Science Department. Prof. Gennert received his B.S. in Computer Science, B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and his Sc.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined WPI's faculty in 1987 as an assistant professor and was named associate professor in 1993.

Prof. Gennert's research interests include Computer Vision, Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, and Scientific Databases, with ongoing projects in biomedical image processing, application of fractal models to pavement analysis, VLSI implementation of median filtering, stereo vision, and very large spatio-temporal databases. He is author or co-author of over 50 papers. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical Engineering Honor Society; Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the Computer Science Honor Society; ACM, IEEE, and the IEEE Computer Society. He resides in Rutland, Massachusetts. with his wife, Kimberly Kepler-Gennert, and their sons, Eric and David.

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The university awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, its first-rate research laboratories support master's and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology. Located in the heart of the region's biotechnology and high-technology sectors, WPI has built research programs - including the largest industry/university alliance in North America - that have won it worldwide recognition.