Josef Kittler,University of Surrey, UK

Josef Kittler is a Distinguished Professor of Machine Intelligence and Director of the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing at the University of Surrey. He holds a BA degree in Electrical Engineering, a Ph.D. in Pattern Recognition and a ScD, all from the University of Cambridge. He has worked on various theoretical aspects of Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis and Computer Vision, and on many applications including Image Coding, Image and Video Database Retrieval and Surveillance. His major contributions to pattern recognition include the k-nearest neighbour method, feature selection, and multiple expert fusion. In computer vision, contributions include robust statistical methods for shape analysis and detection, motion estimation and segmentation, and image segmentation by thresholding and edge detection. He has served as a member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Image and Vision Computing, Pattern Recognition Letters, Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, Pattern Analysis and Applications.