Overview of funded culminating experience project opportunities with Prof. D. Petkovic

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 16:30
TH 331
Dragutin Petkovic (Chair Computer Science Dept, SFSU)

In this talk we will give high level overview of several funded projects which need students to participate and work on. These projects offer several topics for culminating experiences. They include Web engineering for Life Science applications; machine learning applied to bioinformatics and team assessment applications etc. These positions are funded form grants by NSF and NIH and as such are competitive, e.g. students will be interviewed in order to be accepted. At the end of the talk we will meet with students who need culminating experience projects in general and advise them on how to find the other mentoring faculty.


Dr. Petkovic obtained his Ph.D. at UC Irvine, in the area of biomedical image processing. He spent over 15 years at IBM Almaden Research Center as a scientist and in various management roles. His contributions ranged from use of computer vision for inspection, to multimedia databases and digital libraries. He is the founder of IBM's well-known QBIC (query by image
content) project, which significantly influenced the content-based retrieval field. Dr. Petkovic received numerous IBM awards for his work and became an IEEE Fellow for leadership in the content-based retrieval area. Dr. Petkovic also managed and participated in several other projects while in IBM, among them User Ergonomics Research (involved in IBM's TrackPoint pointing device), and Foundations of Massively Parallel Computing.

In the last few years, Dr. Petkovic had various technical management roles in Silicon Valley startups, the latest (VMware) involving virtual computing on Intel Platform. Some of the products Dr. Petkovic helped build won numerous awards and are widely used. He has also taught at Santa Clara University. Currently, Dr. Petkovic is the Chair of the Department of Computer Science at San Francisco State University and Director of newly formed SFSU Center for Computing for Life Sciences.