RENCI People Interview with Ruzena Bajcsy

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Q: Your research spans many disciplines, from artificial intelligence to the intergration of technology and the arts. Is there a theme that unites all these interests?

Q: At Berkeley, you were director of CITRIS, which focuses on putting technology to work to help people and society. What was your greatest accomplishment there?

Q: You led the CISE Directorate at the National Science Foundation before coming to Berkeley. What did that experience teach you about the world of sponsored research?

Q: Your talk at UNC discussed how information technology can enhance creativity. Is technology changing the arts?

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in engineering and science at a time when few women chose technical careers? What, or who, inspired you?

Q: What, or who, inspired you to pursue a career in engineering at a time when few women chose technical careers? What are you passionate about?

Q: Do you have words of advice for young people—especially young women—just starting out in a scientific or technical field?


Ruzena Bajcsy is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, and director emeritus of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Science (CITRIS). Her research interests include artificial intelligence, biosystems and computational biology, intelligent systems and robotics, graphics and human-computer interaction, computer vision, and security. From November 2001 to 2004, she served as director of CITRIS, an initiative that brings several UC campuses together with private industry to develop ways to use information technology to affect people’s daily lives. Prior to joining Berkeley, Bajcsy headed the Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate at the National Science Foundation, where she managed a $500 million annual budget. She is a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, where she founded and directed the university’s General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception Laboratory and chaired the computer and information science department.

Bajcsy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine as well as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. In 2002, Discover Magazine named her one of the 50 most important women in science. Bajcsy has served on numerous advisory boards and committees and has authored more than 225 articles in journal and conference proceedings, 25 book chapters and 66 technical reports. She received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Slovak Technical University in 1957 and 1967 respectively and a Ph.D. in computer Science from Stanford University in 1972.