Henry S. Baird
(Note to students considering applying to the CSE Dept's Ph.D. and M.S. programs. Admissions are decided by the dept's graduate admissions committee: I can advise the committee, but I don't personally make the decisions. Nevertheless, please feel free to introduce yourself to me by email and/or have your academic advisor write to me. If you decide to apply, follow the steps spelled out on our department's admissions page.)
Dr. Baird is serving---or has served---on Ph.D. dissertation committees for (among others):
In the past.....
He has worked closely with these students since joining Lehigh:
Chang An joined our Ph.D. program in Fall 2005 and worked with me on research problems arising in digital libraries. He defended his dissertation Iterated Classification of Document Images in Spring 2011, and graduated in May of that year.
Dawei (David) Yin joined our Dept in the Spring of 2009. He investigated algorthm enhancements for fast approximate nearest-neighbor classifiers, and wrote several papers on this with me.
Pingping Xiu joined us in Fall 2006 as an RCEAS Dean's Doctoral Assistant. He spent the Summer of 2007 as an intern at Google, Inc., in Mountain View, CA working with principals of the Book Search project. He shared the Best Student Paper award at the 2009 Document Recognition and Retrieval conference, and won an Honorable Mention Best Student Paper award at the DAS 2010 Workshop. He completed his Ph.D. dissertation Whole-Book Recognition in December 2010; a T-PAMI journal article has been accepted for publication and is in press. He is employed by Microsoft, Inc. in Seattle, WA.
Sui-Yu Wang joined us in Fall 2005 and, for a while, worked on advanced human interactive proofs, including implicit and hinted CAPTCHAs (cf. my paper with Jon Bentley at the Document Recognition & Retrieval Conf., San Jose, CA, January 2005; and another paper presented at ICPR'07); this project was supported in part by Avaya Labs Research. She completed her Ph.D. dissertation Feature Selection Focused within Error Clusters in May 2010. She is employed by the computer security firm Trend Micro, Inc., in Taiwan.
Michael Moll joined us in Spring 2005. He first investigated open problems in pattern recognition and document image analysis, e.g. (a) technical conditions for human legibility of the ScatterType CAPTCHA (cf. our paper presented at the Int'l Conf. on Document Analysis and Recognition, Seoul, Korea, August, 2005); (b) software infrastructure for DIA R&D; and (c) the DICE project (cf. below). He completed the requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in December 2008: his dissertation was entitled Document Image Content Retrieval. His work was supported in part by a grant from DARPA IPTO. Dr. Moll is employed by CACI International Inc, which provides professional services and IT solutions to federal agencies.
Jean Nonnemaker completed the requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in December 2008: her dissertation was entitled The Safe Use of Synthetic Data in Classification. Dr. Nonnemaker is employed by Library and Technology Services at Lehigh University and has taught in the CS Dept at East Stroudsburg University.
Kristen Gardner worked on a senior project to extract Haar features using the fast Viola-Jones algorithm.
Kaustubh Pansare joined the DICE project as a research assistant during the summer of 2007.
Rehana Valli worked on a senior project in which she enhance an existing interactive graphics tool for ground-truthing document images.
Matthew Casey wrote a Master's Thesis with me on Fast Approximate Nearest Neighbors [abstract, pdf] earning his degree in May 2006. He interned at Google in the summer of 2006. He joined Google as a full-time permanent employee in early 2007. At Google he has worked on the Books project, among other things; in one of his "20% innovation time off" projects, he co-founded Google Goggles.
Rami Khouri wrote a CS Master's Thesis on Pattern Matching Techniques Applied to Human Computer Interfaces for Virtual Environments and received his M.S. degree in May 2006.
Marc Bollinger, CSE M.S. student, worked on research problems arising in digital libraries in the Summer of 2006.
Don Delorenzo, worked as a Summer Intern (Summer 2005) on the DICE project, contributing feature-extraction code. He joined Lockheed Martin, Advanced Technology Labs, Cherry Hill, NJ, in Summer 2006.
Tim Penge, Independent Study (Summer 2005): redesigned the ScatterType CAPTCHA and its human-user website, and invited widespread use and attacks.
Dishant Patel, informal independent study (Summer 2005); he helped port K&R C legacy code for document image analysis.
Derek Drake, Senior Project (FL04) and Independent Study (SP05): he worked with me on algorithms for distinguishing mathematics notation from English text within images of machine-printed text-lines. His presentation (PPT file) of this work won Second Prize in the RCEAS Undergraduate Research Symposium (April 20, 2005). He co-authored a paper with me on this which was presented at the Int'l Conf. on Document Analysis and Recognition (Seoul, Korea, August, 2005). He joined the Ph.D. program in Computer Sciences at Purdue University in Fall 2005.
Zhenming Liu, Independent Study (SP05): he explored the mathematical foundations of two closely related statistical models for language & context: (a) variable-length character n-gram probabilities; and (b) word occurrence probabilities. He joined the M.S. program in Computer Science at Harvard University in Fall 2005.
Before joining Lehigh University...
Dr. Baird served on dissertation committees for these students (among others):