University Research Chair announced

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Dr. David Clausi, a professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering and Associate Dean - Research and External Partnerships for the Faculty of Engineering, has been appointed as a University Research Chair.

The award recognizes researchers who have a distinguished record of accomplishments and a continued outstanding trajectory of excellence in research and scholarship, as well as research leadership.

Clausi is a renowned computer vision expert whose pioneering innovations range from algorithms for automated skin cancer detection, satellite imaging analysis, and sports analytics, to the first biomechanical model of human embryo development and techniques for remote cardiovascular performance monitoring, whale detection, and machine vision.

The impact of Clausi’s work is immense. Companies across the aerospace, agriculture, sports analytics, and biomedical industries have benefited directly from his innovations, as have the Canadian Space Agency, Environment Canada, and Fisheries & Oceans Canada.

As co-director of the Waterloo Vision and Image Processing Lab, Clausi has supervised over 75 graduate students, several of whom have launched successful startups or gone on to become professors themselves. Three have received the UW Gold Medal.

Clausi is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association. He previously received the Research Excellence and Service to the Research Community Award from the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society, numerous Outstanding and Distinguished Performance Awards, and two teaching awards.

As Associate Dean - Research and External Partnerships Clausi leads the Faculty’s Engineering Research Office (ERO). The ERO proactively builds relationships with funding agencies, potential sponsors and other stakeholders, pairing the university’s leading engineering researchers with government and industry, to advance new technologies to improve the human condition.

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