Henry S. Baird
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1984,
M.S., Rutgers University,
Mathematics (cum laude, General Studies).
Dr. Baird joined Lehigh University in January 2004 as a Full Professor in the Computer Science & Engineering Department. He is co-Director (w/ Prof. Daniel Lopresti) of the Lehigh Pattern Recognition Research laboratory. Dr. Baird was tenured June 6, 2005.
Dr. Baird joined the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1998 as Principal Scientist and member of the Document Image Decoding (DID) area alongside colleagues Gary Kopec, Dan Bloomberg, Les Niles, Kris Popat, and Jeanette Figueroa. In February 1999 he was promoted to Manager of the DID area (later renamed the SPIA area). PARC became a wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in January 2002.
He joined AT&T Bell Laboratories
(BL) in 1984 as Member of
He was in the Computing Science Research Center
He was a Member, Technical Staff at RCA Laboratories, Princeton, New Jersey for the decade 1973-84, carrying out R&D in industrial robot vision, real-time factory information systems, design verification of VLSI circuits, and CAD data bases.
He served a software-engineering apprenticeship under David Waks at Applied Data Research, Princeton, NJ during 1970-1973, designing and writing software for minicomputer real-time telephone traffic monitoring systems.He has collaborated in published research with BL colleagues Oscar Agazzi, Steve Fortune, Tin Kam Ho, John Hobby, Jianying Hu, David Ittner, Larry Jackel, Yann LeCun, Colin Mallows, Craig Nohl, Theo Pavlidis, and Ken Thompson, among others. At PARC he collaborated with Francine Chen, Tom Breuel, Kris Popat, Prateek Sarkar, and Bill Janssen, among others. At Sarnoff labs he collaborated with Allen Korenjak, Larry Rosenberg, Eric Cho, and others. His frequent collaborations with researchers outside BL, PARC, and Sarnoff are evident in his publications list.
Products and Service
Cf. "Triage of OCR Results using 'Confidence' Scores,'' (with P. Sarkar & J. Henderson) Proc., IS&T/SPIE Document Recognition & Retrieval IX Conf. (SPIE Vol. 4670), San Jose, CA, pp. 216-222, 21-22 January, 2002. [PDF]
Cf. "Fast Algorithms for LSI Artwork Analysis,'' in 25 Years of Electronic Design Automation -- A Compendium of Papers from the Design Automation Conf., ACM, June 1988. (Reprinted by invitation from Journal of Design Automation & Fault-tolerant Computing, Computer Science Press, pp. 179-209, April 1978.)
Cf. ``Quick Analysis of TV Factory Tests and Repairs -- the DARTS system,'' (with T.M. Stiller) RCA Engineer, 25-4, pp. 7-10, December 1979 / Jan 1980.
Dr. Baird is a faculty member of the Steering Committee for SPECTRUM, the LGBTQetc student-led group at Lehigh University.
He has mentored eight minority and women students in the AT&T/Lucent Summer Research Program (SRP), AT&T/Lucent Graduate Research Program for Women (GRPW), the PARC summer intern program, and in graduate programs at Lehigh University.
By all accounts he was the first openly gay person promoted to department head in the history of Bell Labs (BL).
In 1989-1990, he served on the BL 'Area 11 AA committee,' a group of researchers reporting directly to the Vice President of Research, Nobel laureate Arno Penzias, on issues relating to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, and diversity. He drafted that committee's memo "Voices of an Emerging Minority'' (June 21, 1989) reporting the aspiration of lesbian and gay employees to form an officially recognized 'employee resource group' (ERG). In response to this, Penzias met with openly gay employees in Research---in an unprecedented gesture of support---and advised them how to proceed. Shortly afterwards, the first (North Jersey) chapter was founded of LEAGUE (Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay United Employees), a company-wide wide ERG that has since expanded to two dozen chapters and over one thousand members (continuing in Lucent under the name 'EQUAL!').
Dr. Baird and four BL employees were the first to make personal presentations in favor of `domestic partnership' benefits to the President of Bell Laboratories, in 1993.
He founded and administered LEAGUE's company-wide E-mail services, 1988-1996, in recognition for which he was presented with the 1996 LEAGUE Exceptional Service Award.
Drafted July 1968. Served US Army, July 1968 - April 1970. Vietnam: July 1969 - April 1970, USARV Data Services Center, Long Binh Post, as Senior Data Analyst Specialist (Spec 5).