Peter Allen

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I hope my students learn the material in each course and understand how to apply it in the real world.


Peter K. Allen is associate professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. He has been at Columbia since 1985 and his current research interests include real-time computer vision, robotic hand-eye coordination, and model-based sensor planning. While at Penn, he was the recipient of the Rubinoff Award for innovative uses of computers, and he was named a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation in 1987. He is the author of the book ``Robotic Object Recognition Using Vision and Touch'' and has published over 50 journal articles, book chapters, and refereed papers in robotics. He has received funding for his work from the National Science Foundation, ARPA, and a number of industrial sponsors including IBM, AT&T, North American Philips, Rockwell Inc., and Siemens Corporation. His professional activities include serving as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation; Chairman of the advisory committee of the Center for Engineeering Science and Applied Research at Oak Ridge National Laboratories; member of the NASA/NSF evaluation team for the Japanese Space robotics program; and member of the National Science Foundation advisory committee in Information, Robotics and Intelligent Systems.


B.A., Brown, 1971; M.S., Oregon, 1976; Ph.D., Pennsylvania, 1985

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