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In the field of 3D shape analysis, Michael Bronstein, Full Professor at the USI Institute of Computational Science (ICS, Faculty of Informatics), is recognised as a world authority. The latest of such acknowledgements comes from the IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (the world leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity, with over 400,000 members in 160 countries), which has conferred him the Grade of Fellow for his contributions to "acquisition, processing, and analysis of geometric data."
The applications of 3D shape analysis are very broad and include virtual and augmented reality, medical imaging, security (e.g. face recognition), architecture, and of course the entertainment industry. Besides his contributions to academic research, including pioneering in the field of deformable shape analysis, Prof. Bronstein is also acknowledged for his entrepreneurial and industrial track record as one of the technology leaders of the startup company Invision (acquired by Intel in 2012) and subsequently one of the key developers of Intel RealSense, a pioneering commercially successful 3D sensing technology.
The Fellow title is bestowed by the Board of Directors of the IEEE upon individuals with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest, which range from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.
Earlier this year, Prof. Bronstein was also presented with the prestigious Fellow Award by the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) for his "outstanding contributions to 3D data acquisition, processing, representation and analysis". The award is biennially conferred on persons to acknowledge their distinguished contributions to the field of pattern recognition.