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Hightower Chair in the College of Engineering
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Professor Yezzi was born in Gainsville, Florida and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He obtained both his Bachelor's degree and his Ph.D. in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota with minors in mathematics and music.

After completing his Ph.D., he continued his research as a post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, MA.

His research interests fall broadly within the fields of image processing and computer vision. In particular he is interested in curve and surface evolution theory and partial differential equation techniques as they apply to topics within these fields (such as segmentation, image smoothing and enhancement, optical flow, stereo disparity, shape from shading, object recognition, and visual tracking).

Much of Dr. Yezzi's work is particularly tailored to problems in medical imaging, including cardiac ultrasound, MRI, and CT. He joined the Georgia Tech faculty in the fall of 1999 where he has taught courses in DSP and is working to develop advanced courses in computer vision and medical image processing. Professor Yezzi consults with industry in the areas of visual inspection and medical imaging. His hobbies include classical guitar, opera, and martial arts.

  • Image Processing (particularly medical imaging applications)
  • Computer Vision
  • Estimation and Control
  • Computation and algorithms
  • Applied differential geometry
Distinctions & Awards
  • Honor Societies: Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Golden Key
  • Summa Cum Laude (undergraduate+graduate, University of Minnesota)
  • EE Graduate School Fellowship, 1994-95
  • AT&T Ph.D. Fellowship (sponsored by Bell Laboratories), 1995-97
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award (CVPR, Dec. 2001, with PhD student Andy Tsai)
  • National Science Foundation Faculty CAREER Award (2002)
  • International Visiting Professorship (2003/2004) at University of Dauphine, Paris, France
  • Best Paper Honorable Mention Award (ICCV, CVBIA Workshop, Oct. 2005, with post-doc Hua Li)
  • International Visiting Professorship (2005/2006) at University of Dauphine, Paris, France
  • Best Numerical Project-Paper Award, (SSVM, June 2007, with PhD student Ganesh Sundaramoorthi)
  • Invited International Lecturer for University of Bologna, International Engineering Master's Program (Oct. 2009, Sept./Oct. 2010, Sept./Oct. 2011, and Sept./Oct. 2013)
  • Ken Byers Endowed Professorship (2012-2013), School of ECE, Georgia Tech
  • Julian Hightower Endowed Chair (since 2013), School of ECE, Georgia Tech
  • Fulbright Teaching and Research Award, University of Palermo, Italy, February-June, 2016
  • Board member, University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, Italy, Ph.D. program in Science and Technology for Humans and the Environment (since March, 2017)