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Sznaier and Camps Win NSF Award

September 9, 2009

ECE Professors Mario Sznaier and Octavia Camps have won a $415K NSF grant to develop new methods to extract information very sparsely encoded in extremely high dimensional data streams, with applications to aware environments, autonomous vehicles and systems biology.

With their research, Prof Sznaier and Prof Camps aim to illustrate "how the use of simple dynamical systems concepts can lead to tractable, computationally efficient algorithms for extracting information sparsely encoded in multimodal, extremely large data sets." 

Mario Sznaier received the Ingeniero Electronico and Ingeniero en Sistemas de Computacion degrees from the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay and the MSEE and Ph.D degrees from the University of Washington. From 1991 to 1993 he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Central Florida. In 1993 he joined the Pennsylvania State University, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1997 and to Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2001. In July 2006 he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, as the Dennis Picard Trustee Professor. He has also held visiting appointments at the California Institute of Technology in 1990 and 2000 and currently holds an appointment at Penn State as Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering. His research interest include Multiobjective Robust Control; Dynamic Vision and Imaging, Control Oriented Identification, Robust Model (In) Validation and Application of Dynamical Systems Theory to Physics. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the journal Automatica and as a member of the board of governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society.

Octavia I. Camps received the B.S. degree in computer science and the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad de la Republica (Montevideo, Uruguay), and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Washington.She is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University. From 1991 to 2006 she was a faculty member at the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. In 2000, she was a visiting faculty at the California Institute of Technology and at the University of Southern California. Her current research interests include robust computer vision, image processing, and machine learning.