Computer learners urged to ‘make a difference’
February 26 2013 01:17 AM
Professor Takeo Kanade speaking at CMUQ.

A computer and robotics professor at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Takeo Kanade, has developed “Eye Vision” technology, which allows viewers to see a play as if time is frozen while a camera circles around the action.
Whether it is cricket ball, basketball or football, it can be hard for fans to see all the action in a fast-paced sports game, which was why Kanade, one of the world’s foremost researchers in computer vision, has invented the technology.
The effect was first used by CBS Television during the 2001 US SuperBowl and has the potential to completely change the way people watch sports and
entertainment events.
During the ‘A Nico Habermann Distinguished Lecture Series in Computer Science’ held recently at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ), Kanade spoke about the technology to students, faculty and the community.
He inspired students to use their computer science skills to make a difference in the real world.
“With Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, students and professionals versed in computer vision will be well placed to understand the technical requirements of future broadcasting,” he added.
Kanade’s contributions to computer vision and robotics balance the theoretical insights with practical and real world applications.
During his presentation, the expert highlighted other research he has undertaken in the area of computer vision, including vision-based autonomous robots, biological live cell tracking, face-image analysis and water drop illumination.
Kanade, who recently finished teaching a six-week seminar on computer vision at CMUQ, said: “Students learn the mathematics of computer science; however, they need to understand the importance of applying this to improve human behaviour and their physical surroundings.”
“Computer vision and robotics connect computer science with the physical world that we live in,” he added.
By transforming itself into a knowledge-based economy, Qatar provides an interesting opportunity for Kanade’s work.
“Creating a core of expertise is integral to fuel the industry and Computer Science students here in Qatar are central to further developing society through technology. I am really impressed by the vision of the students here, I hope they go away from this course excited about the things they can do through combining math, science and technology – they can create innovations to help us in our day-to-day lives,”
Kanade said
Kanade is the UA and Helen Whitaker University professor of Computer Science and Robotics at
Carnegie Mellon.
He received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Kyoto University, Japan in 1974 and joined Carnegie Mellon University in 1980.
He also founded the Digital Human Research Center in Tokyo and served as the founding director from 2001 to 2010.

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