Computer scientist is Koerner lecturer

Jan 23, 2003, vol. 26, no. 2

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Renowned computer scientist Demetri Terzopoulos will present the Koerner lecture at Harbour Centre on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.

He will repeat the lecture on Jan. 27 at the Burnaby campus at 4:30 p.m. in AQ3182.

Terzopoulos is a pioneer in artificial life, an emerging field that cuts across computer science and biological science. He devises computer models of animal locomotion, perception behavior, learning and intelligence.

He and his students have created artificial fish, virtual inhabitants of an underwater world simulated in a powerful computer. These lifelike creatures swim, forage, eat and mate on their own.

Terzopoulos has also done important work on human facial modeling. He has produced what is widely recognized as the most realistic biomechanical model of the human face to date.

Terzopoulos currently holds the Lucy and Henry Moses professorship in the sciences at New York University and is professor of computer science and mathematics at NYU's Courant institute. He is on leave from the University of Toronto, where he is professor of computer science and professor of electrical and computer engineering.

He will speak about his research on artificial life in this free lecture. Harbour Centre seating is limited. For reservations phone 604-291-5100. No reservations are required for the Burnaby campus lecture.

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