Biography

Stan Birchfield is an adjunct associate professor at Clemson University and principal research scientist at NVIDIA Corporation. Prior to NVIDIA, he conducted research and development at Microsoft Corporation, working on various aspects of robotics and computer vision. Previously, he was an associate professor (with tenure) in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University, where he spent a decade conducting research and teaching. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1999, an M.S. from Stanford in 1996, and a B.S. from Clemson in 1993. While at Stanford, his research was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and he was part of the team that won first place at the AAAI Mobile Robotics Competition of 1994. Over the years he has worked with or consulted for various companies, including Sun Microsystems, SRI International, Canon, Autodesk, and a startup company in Palo Alto, California, where he worked on intelligent audio and video. At Clemson he co-founded a startup that uses computer vision to automatically collect aggregate traffic parameters from live video feeds. Dr. Birchfield has authored or co-authored more than 70 publications in the areas of computer vision, stereo correspondence, visual tracking, spatial acoustics, and mobile robotics, and his open-source software has been used by thousands of researchers around the world. He recently wrote a textbook in image processing and analysis.