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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.