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Vol. 6, No. 1
Spring 1995
A look at the recent changes
affecting CICSR members,
their research objectives, their
jobs and their lives.
■ We live in times of accelerating
change, and CICSR is not immune to
these powerful forces. This issue will focus
on some of the many changes happening
within the various CICSR departments, and
among CICSR members.
One recent change is the addition of
Elizabeth Croft to the Department of
Mechanical Engineering faculty. Croft
has joined the Deaprtment with a full
slate of activities on her hands. She has
assumed the Industrial Automation
Junior Chair position, working on
... continued on page 2
Elizabeth Croft, the newest member of the
Department of Mechanical Engineering, is
working on using robotics, vision and artificial
intelligence to automate fish processing.
■ Social impact
of computers               page 3
■ New faculty jobs
page 4
■ Celebrating MAGIC
■ Joyce at Hughes
page 6
■ New optical sensors
page 7
■ Profile: Frize
page 7
■ Calendar
page 8
■ The underlying theme or this
newsletter is change: people changing
jobs, changing their research objectives, changing their lives. In this issue
we bring you up to date on some of the
recent changes affecting CICSR
members, and their research programs.
Among the changes profiled here are:
Maria Klawe moving from Head of the
Computer Science Department to Vice
President for Academic and Student
Services, Bob Evans becoming Head of
Mechanical Engineering, and Jeff
Joyce moving from UBC to Hughes
Aircraft of Canada.
As well, there is an article on MAGIC,
which has completed its first five-year
mandate and is itself evolving in
various directions, and a profile of
CICSR's newest member, Elizabeth
Croft, the new Junior Chair of
Industrial Automation in Mechanical
Finally, we highlight the work of Nick
Jaeger on optical sensors, of Richard
Rosenberg o"" computer security and
privacy, and of our visitor this term,
Monique Frize.
We hope you find the information
interesting and helpful, and once again,
special thanks should go to Leslie Ellis
for the writing and layout. ■
Dr. James Varah, CICSR Director
Smarter fish processing
CICSR's newest member, Elizabeth Croft, works on using
advanced systems to automate fish processing.
CROFT... continued from cover
projects in robotics, vision and artificial
intelligence with Dr. Clarence de Silva,
who is currently away on sabbatical.
Croft says she feels lucky to step into a
job where the project is already running,
the team is in place, and the subject
matter matches her interests perfectly.
She started working at the University
part time on January 1, 1995. She spends
her spare time at home with her baby
Croft's interest in robotics started back in
graduate school. She completed a Masters
thesis at University of Waterloo on the
development of a network controller for
autonomous vehicles. Her Ph.D., completed at the University of Toronto,
focused on robotic path planning. Her job
was to develop a system that would enable
a robot arm to intercept moving objects
using an optimal path.
Her work at UBC is focused on automation in the fish processing industry, a
project Clarence de Silva has been
working on for several years. Croft is
now overseeing further development of
the herring roe grading system. The
system, which uses vision and artificial
intelligence to grade herring roe, is now
at the prototype stage.
"We hope to have it working in the plant
for this season," said Croft. The intellectual property negotiations are nearly
complete, and the prototype is working.
The next steps involve making the
system robust enough for the fish
processing plant, and ensuring the
system is acceptable to people working
on the herring roe line.
Croft is also involved in a new automation project for the fish processing
industry. In past years, de Silva developed a way to automate the process of
cutting off salmon heads, while reducing
the amount of meat wasted at the same
time. Now, the research team is looking
at using similar technologies to automate
the cutting of salmon for canning.
In the canning process, it's important for
the fish to be oriented in the can so that
there is an aesthetically-pleasing presentation. Using current equipment, which
has been in use for decades, a lot of
people are needed to spot and fix the
machine's mistakes. Croft estimates that
about one-quarter of the cans have to be
re-packed. The system she is working on
with de Silva and graduate students, will
not only reduce the need for re-packing,
but will double the speed of the canning
Croft is also planning a couple of additional projects in collaboration with other
faculty and CICSR members. With Sander
Calisal, she plans to help develop a control
system to aid the crew in controlling the
ship in rough, stormy weather. With Yusuf
Altintas, she plans to work on using vision
to analyze toolware in the manufacturing
industry. The research will incorporate the
use of expert systems, fuzzy logic and
neural networks.
Elizabeth Croft is leading a
research team applying
automation techniques to the
salmon canning process —the
goal is to reduce errors while
doubling speed.
If all of the above doesn't keep her busy
enough, Croft has applied for funding to
research the use of co-operative robots in
industrial settings. A follow-on from her
Ph.D. research, the project would involve
developing systems for robots to organize and schedule events in an optimal
manner within a flexible manufacturing
cell. "This is the way manufacturing is
going — towards the development of
'virtual' factories," said Croft.
She has been interested in working in the
field of mechanical engineering since
childhood. Through her work and
academic experience, she has discovered
that robotics, vision and artificial
intelligence are the areas that interest her
most. She feels lucky to be working with
de Silva and other CICSR members at
UBC in her chosen area of research.
"The job is perfect for me," she said. ■ Rosenberg studies social impact of computers
One of Richard Rosenberg's current areas of interest is the social impact of the internet, and the
issues, such as privacy and censorship, surrounding this new form of global communication.
■ The internet and the so-called "information highway" forms the means for a
brand new form of communication
among people all over the world. The
social implications of this are enormous,
and are the focus of study for Richard
Rosenberg, who has been with the
Department of Computer Science for
more than 25 years.
In 1992, Rosenberg produced a textbook on
the Social Impact of Computers, where he
looks at the impact of computers on privacy
and on the way people work. Since then, the
advent of the internet has set off a whole
new wave of research for Rosenberg, and
has raised a whole new series of issues with
far-reaching implications. "It's created a
brand new culture, where the old rules may
not apply," said Rosenberg.
One of the most explosive issues surrounding the internet has to do with free speech,
pornography and sexual harassment on
electronic networks, an area Rosenberg has
studied in depth. UBC is among many
institutions operating electronic networks
that have attempted to ban all sex-related
material from their network. However, says
Rosenberg, the problem with banning any
type of "offensive" material from the
network is that it is impossible to identify in
advance, and it is also impossible to control
what people send out on the electronic
The question Rosenberg poses is, should
we attempt to censor material at all?
Does the carrier of the information have
responsibility for the content? In the case
of phone lines, he points out, nobody
holds the phone company responsible for
what people talk about on the telephone.
He argues that internet service providers
are more like phone companies than they
are like publishers. However, he adds,
"It's a very complicated issue. No media
has absolute freedom. We need a real
debate about censorship on the internet,
the same way there is currently a real
debate before a decision is made to ban
any book from library shelves."
Other issues Rosenberg is exploring with
respect to electronic communication
networks include the role of government,
copyright issues, universal access and
privacy. All of these are major issues that
government and communications service
providers are struggling with all over the
world. It's a brand new medium, so there
are no ready-made answers, just plenty
of strong opinions.
In his research, and his teaching,
Rosenberg is interested in artificial
intelligence, natural language understanding, natural language interfaces to
databases, and in the ethical questions
surrounding the development and use of
new technologies.
Rosenberg believes ethics in the field of
Computer Science are critical, and his
teaching focuses on looking at what is
expected of professionals in this area.
"Computer Science is a new profession,
so codes of ethics are not as developed as
in law, medicine or other, more established professions," said Rosenberg. "It's
not my role to tell people how to lead
their lives, but it is my role to raise their
awareness of potential ethical problems.
I want to ensure that we are turning out
not just technicians, but people who are
concerned about the impact their work
has on society."
To this end, Rosenberg is on a committee
working on incorporating ethics into the
Computer Science curriculum. His goal
is to see ethics treated not as a special
area, and an addendum to technical
training, but as an integral part of the
"I'd like to teach people to ask, as they
develop solutions to technical problems,
"How will this affect people's lives?" ■
Department of Computer Science member Richard Rosenberg looks at how new technology impacts people.
One of the most explosive issues surrounding the internet has to do
with free speech, pornography and sexual harrassment. Says
Rosenberg, "It's a very complicated issue. No media has absolute
freedom. We need a real debate about censorship on the
internet, the same way there is currently debate before a decision
is made to ban a book from library shelves." New positions for UBC faculty members
Maria Klawe and Robert Evans, both recently promoted to new jobs at UBC, discuss their plans.
Maria Klawe
One of the first things Klawe
plans to accomplish in her new
role is to provide access to
technology throughout
the university.
■ Although Maria Klawe is enjoying her
new position as Vice President, Academic
and Student Services, she says she does
miss her former job as Head of the
Department of Computer Science.
"I enjoyed the job more than any other
position I've ever held," said Klawe. She
found the faculty, staff and students to be
among the most enthusiastic and talented
she's worked with, and praised CICSR,
UBC administration, and the Deans of
Science and Applied Science for their
support in all of her objectives with the
Department of Computer Science.
During her six and a half year tenure as
Head of Computer Science, Klawe was
instrumental in building the Department
into one of the best in the country. Under
her leadership, the department doubled its
enrolment of undergraduate and graduate
students, more than doubled research
funding, expanded its lab facilities and
hired 17 new faculty.
Bob Woodham is now Acting Head of
Computer Science. Klawe replaces K.D.
Srivastava, who stepped down after eight
years as VP Academic and Student
In her new position, Klawe is responsible
for student registration and records, awards
and financial aid, the library, information
and computing systems, athletics and
sports, housing and conferences, and
services for women students and students
with disabilities.
One of the first things Klawe plans to
accomplish in her new role is to provide
access to technology throughout the
university. Within three years, she would
like to provide every student, faculty and
staff member with access to electronic mail
and computing technology. Another goal
for Klawe is to encourage student participation and involvement in the way things are
done throughout the university.
In addition to her administrative duties,
Klawe plans to continue her research in
theoretical computer science. She is also
involved in E-GEMS, a collaborative
research project which brings together
researchers from a wide range of fields to
look at the potential of electronic games to
help children learn math and science.
Klawe has a Ph.D. in mathematics from the
University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. in
computer science from the University of
Toronto. ■
Robert Evans
One of Evans' top priorities is to
increase collaborative research
in Mechanical Engineering.
■ Robert Evans is the new Head of the
Department of Mechanical Engineering.
One of his top priorities is to increase the
Department's collaborative research
activities within B.C. industry. He said
one good example of this is the work
now being done through CICSR with the
NSERC/B.C. Packers Chair in Automation in the Fish Processing Industry. He
added that, "At the undergraduate level,
we are striving to strengthen the design
content of our curriculum in order to
complement our traditionally strong
emphasis on engineering fundamentals."
Evans joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at UBC in 1981, and was
named Associate Dean, Engineering
Student Services in 1992, the same year
he was awarded a UBC teaching prize.
Evans holds a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical
Engineering from UBC, an M.A.Sc. in
Aerospace Engineering from University
of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical
Engineering from Cambridge University.
His research interests are applied
thermodynamics and combustion, and
internal combustion engines. "I am
particularly interested in reducing the
pollution due to exhaust emissions from
vehicles," said Evans. In collaboration
with other CICSR members, he is
interested in using computer modelling
to predict the performance of internal
combustion engines.
Before coming to UBC, Evans had
already garnered some administrative
experience with the B.C. Energy Commission, and later with the B.C. Ministry
of Energy, as Director of the Energy
Conservation and Technology Division.
In addition, he has served on a number of
professional committees with the
Association of Professional Engineers
and Geoscientists of B.C. Within the
University, he has served as Associate
Dean for the Faculty of Applied Science,
and Director of the Engineering Core
Program. ■ Celebrating five years of MAGIC
As MAGIC completes its first five-year mandate, Director Kellogg Booth looks to the future.
■ It's been five years of MAGIC at UBC,
and Director Kellogg Booth is pleased with
the progress made by the Media and
Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre in that
time. A wide variety of projects have been
initiated as a result of MAGIC's support,
and many have reached the stage where
they can now support themselves without
MAGIC's help.
According to Booth, MAGIC is now under
review for funding for another five-year
period. His goal for the future is to move
MAGIC more into the mainstream of
multimedia activity and to establish more
links to external organizations.
First, however, it's worth reflecting on
MAGIC's past accomplishments. There
have been many; they range from scientific
and engineering visualization to more
whimsical projects, such as the modelling
and reconstruction of the famous Yuan
Ming Yuan "Garden of Centred Wisdom," a
Chinese garden built by six generations of
Qing emperors, and destroyed by fire in
One of MAGIC's major accomplishments is
that it played a lead role in getting applications up and running on the UBC-based
ATM network, and the larger Rnet ATM
network involving BC Tel, Rogers Cable,
MPR Teltech, Science World, SFU and
MAGIC. Active communication links on
campus have been established between the
Imager Computer Graphics Laboratory,
Dentistry and Radiology. As well, Rnet
connections are used to link UBC researchers with Children's Hospital and SFU.
The sites with ATM connections to MAGIC
were chosen for good reason. Over the past
five years, Dentistry, Radiology, SFU and
Children's Hospital have all turned to
MAGIC for visualization and graphics
support related to specific projects.
MAGIC research associate Peter Cahoon,
who specializes in scientific visualization, is
involved in a number of these projects. For
example, he is developing techniques to
help doctors visualize the longer-term
results of facial reconstructive surgery
performed on children. He is currently
working with MPR Teltech to install a
.combination of fiber and satellite ATM link
to the San Francisco Medical Centre for
further work in the area of reconstruction
and function. He'd like to see the day when
researchers and medical staff routinely use
sophisticated multimedia systems to
collaborate and communicate, the same way
they pick up the phone today.
Kellogg Booth (left) and Peter Cahoon have been instrumental in the success of MAGIC.
In a similar area, MAGIC provides communications links and visualization tools for an
ongoing study of scoliosis, a deformity of
the spine which primarily affects young
girls. Participants include the UBC Faculty
of Medicine, and Children's Hospital.
"Surgeons are interested in understanding
more. They don't really know how the
spine bends," said Booth. Traditionally, x-
rays are used to study scoliosis, but MAGIC
has been able to provide 3-D information to
help further knowledge and improve
treatment in this area.
Another major initiative that involved
MAGIC is the E-GEMS (Electronic Games
for Education in Mathematics and Science)
project. The goal is to stimulate interest in
mathematics using current video game
technology. The project has received three-
year funding from NSERC, and involves
collaboration between UBC, Electronic Arts
Canada, Motion Works and other universities.
"E-GEMS is one example of many successful projects that received some start-up
funding from MAGIC, and are now
supported by other funding agencies," said
Booth. He sees it as a sign of real success
that much of the activity initiated by
MAGIC has moved to the point where it is
now self-funding.
In the meantime, MAGIC continues to seed
new projects, and to expand in new
directions. "In the past five years, we have
focused on areas such as graphics and
animation, where we have a lot of strength."
Booth said MAGIC has "dabbled" in
multimedia, but plans are to increase the
activity in this area. Another goal for the
future is to use MAGIC as a vehicle to
bring multimedia, graphics and animation
technology to new areas, such as education,
theatre and film. Booth notes that many of
these areas could really benefit from the
technology and expertise MAGIC has to
offer, but in the past, they have not been
able to afford the technology. "Now we
have experience, and costs have come
down, so we want to capitalize on that,"
said Booth.
The move towards making the latest
graphics tools available to people other than
those expert in multimedia, animation and
graphics is a logical evolution, according to
Booth. "We've been developing tools and
software that require expertise. But a lot of
the tools are becoming ready for use by
non-experts. MAGIC will play a lead role in
demonstrating the possibilities, and pushing
people forward. Our new mission is a
logical extension of the old one." ■ Joyce makes the move from UBC to industry
Former Computer Science Department member Jeff Joyce has made the move from academia to
industry with his new job as software engineer for Hughes Aircraft of Canada.
Jeff Joyce is gaining valuable industrial experience at Hughes Aircraft of Canada Ltd.
■ Former Computer Science Department
member Jeff Joyce has left academia to
work in industry. "To work in the area of
software engineering, you need substantial
industrial experience," said Joyce. "In that
way, it's different from many areas of study
in Computer Science."
Joyce's main interest is the application of
formal specification techniques. He worked
at Hughes Aircraft of Canada Limited in
this area for the past year, as part of the
B.C. Advanced Systems Institute (ASI)
Industrial Fellowship program. The work
led to a job offer from Hughes, and Joyce
signed on starting January 1 of this year.
Joyce applauds the support he has received
from both CICSR and ASI in making a
transition to industry. He says these
organizations are critical to ensuring that
"In an industrial setting, you do
things because they save money
or reduce risk... you have to look
at how the technology will be
used by people."
research ideas and expertise continue to
flow into local industry to help it remain
competitive in the global marketplace.
"Hughes is seeing that their customers are
looking for the very thing I'm working on,"
said Joyce. One of the projects Hughes is
bidding on specifically suggests the use of
formal specification techniques.
Joyce's initial work with Hughes involved
the investigation of possible applications of
formal specifications techniques to selected
aspects of CAATS, the $400 million
Canadian air traffic control system that is
reputed to be the single largest software
project in Canada. The goal was to translate
the specifications from English to mathematical language. Advantages are that
formal specifications leave no room for
misinterpretation, and make it easier to test
for compliance to those specifications.
Since changing his position at Hughes from
that of visiting scholar to employee, Joyce
has noticed many differences as a result.
"It's very different from the university
research environment, where there are
generally small groups working on problems they've defined themselves. Here,
over half of the 400 people are involved in
software engineering, and there are a large
number of people thinking about the same
Joyce also finds it invaluable that there are
people working in the company that have
more knowledge about his area than he
does. "In the Department of Computer
Science, there was no one senior in my
area. Here, I have teachers."
The development of large, complex
software-intensive systems like CAATS
pushes forward the leading edge of software
engineering. "I find it very attractive to be
in a situation where a variety of clever
people are pulling a number of new
techniques together into a highly-integrated
methodology," said Joyce.
In his work on formal methods, Joyce has
changed his approach since moving from
academia to industry. "In an academic
context, emphasis is often placed on things
that don't make or break the application of
formal methods in industry," said Joyce. "In
an industrial setting, you do things because
they save money or reduce risk. In formal
methods, we have to look at how the
technology will be used by people. The
specifications must be comprehensible to
air traffic controllers, not Computer Science
graduate students. Here, we're much more
interested in the end user."
Other differences Joyce has noticed in
working at Hughes is that there is more
formality in working conditions. Work
hours are less flexible, and he wears a tie to
work. "For me it works well to have a clear
boundary between work and play."
His decision to accept an offer from Hughes
was largely based on the realization that
"there's a limit to what you can do as an
outsider." Joyce said an in-house joke is
that the name badge contractors wear at
Hughes has the code "CNTR" which
Hughes employees say is short for "Can
Not Take Responsibility."
In addition to his work on formal specifications, he has contributed to a major
proposal for a new air traffic control
system, participates in other engineering
activities, and is involved in a steering
committee for a safety program.
While working at Hughes, Joyce has not
completely severed his ties to UBC. He is
supervising three Ph.D. students, and is
interested in continuing a relationship with
the university. In fact, he expects to be
back in the academic world some day. But
for now, he's interested in gaining as much
industrial experience as possible, and he's
enjoying it. ■ Leading-edge optical sensors
A look at the research of Electrical Engineering's Nicolas Jaeger.
■ For Nick Jaeger of the Department of
Electrical Engineering, it was a case of
being in the right place at the right time. In
1991, Jaeger was issued a patent for the
development of a new sensor — an
integrated optics version of a Pockels cell.
The initial work was funded by the Science
Council of B.C. He is now working with
B.C. Hydro, and their research division,
Powertech Labs, to develop target applications and complete initial testing.
"The interest in optical fibre-based sensors
has increased substantially," said Jaeger.
"The project was brought to the pre-
commerciafization stage at just the right
time. Initially, the main application of the
sensors will be to monitor the condition of
bushings used in the power utility industry.
This is not being done at all now, because it
has not been economically viable to do so.
Instead, utilities take the bushings out of
service and test the dissipation factor of the
insulation according to a schedule.
"Our system is a real-time, on-line system
that is expected to cost about the same per
unit as a single dissipation factor test," said
In another, related research area, Jaeger has
expanded his graduate research in lithium
niobate sensors and switches into work with
III-V compound semiconductors. He
directed the first university research group
in Canada to fabricate graded index
separate confinement heterostructure single
quantum well (GRINSCH - SQW) lasers
entirely in house. Since then, the project has
become part of a Systems Lab project,
where undergraduate students fabricate and
test their own lasers.
Jaeger has also developed very high speed
electro-optic modulators, in GaAs/AlGaAs
and other III-V semiconductors. He has
invented and patented a novel slow-wave
electrode structure that provides the needed
velocity match between modulating
microwaves and the modulated optical
wave. A patent has been issued in the U.S.
for this invention, and a European patent
has been allowed.
According to Jaeger, the work has applications in the cable television and telecommunications industries. Jaeger's work in this
area has been funded by Rogers Canadian
Cable Labs, NSERC and the B.C. Advanced Systems Institute.
One of Jaeger's main interests for the future
is to continue to pursue the commercialization of the optical dissipation factor
equipment. A new company, Carmanah
Research Ltd., will be commercializing the
technology. A licensing agreement is in
place, and Jaeger has applied to various
funding agencies for the means to start
work on pre-production prototypes. ■
Nick Jaeger with his research team. Members include: (top row, from left) Ph.D. student Farnoosh
Rahmatian, M.A.Sc. student Mahan Movassaghi, scientific engineer Hiroshi Kato, research associate
Irmgard Dommel, (bottom row, from left) research associate Mahin Bahrami, associate professor
Nicolas Jaeger, and research associate Alina Kulpa.
Monique Frize
■ Monique
Frize, the first
holder of the
Women in
Chair at the
University of
New Brunswick, is spending the spring term at
UBC exploring the issues surrounding
women in engineering disciplines.
According to Frize, she's been spending her time talking with students and
faculty members, collecting new
information, attending and giving
lectures. She said, "The biggest issue
used to be stereotyping of engineering
as a man's job. However many groups
are doing things to expose engineering
to young women, and people are under
the impression that the problem is all
fixed. But there are systemic issues that
still cause problems."
Frize has found, in her five years as
Women in Engineering Chair, that
engineering is now more open to
women, but that it continues to be a
very masculine discipline, where male
values are paramount. "It's hard for
many people to understand that a
feminine approach, which is more cooperative and multi-disciplinary, also
has value and will enrich the field."
However, in the research community,
and in the field of engineering, Frize
has found that women's contributions
either fit the masculine mold or risk
being less valued. She is working hard
to change this through education and
increased understanding of the issues.
Her position as Chair has been renewed
for another five years.
Frize is also a Professor of Electrical
Engineering at the University of New
Brunswick, and is a research faculty
member of the Biomedical Engineering
Institute. She was the first woman to
study engineering at an Ottawa
university, holds a Ph.D. from Erasmus
Universiteit in the Netherlands, and
worked as a clinical engineer for 20
years. Her research is focused on the
development of a decision support
system for critical care medicine. ■ OA'L'E'N'D'A'R
Distinguished Lecture Series 1995-96
Real-Time Embedded Systems
Six academic and industrial leaders address
the future of systems development.
September 14,1995
Standards for Real-Time Systems:
Ada vs POSIX
Dr. T. P. Baker
The Florida State University
October 12,1995
Real-Time Systems: A Practitioner's
Dr. C. Douglass Locke
Loral Federal Systems
November 9,1995
What do car parking, space robots and air
traffic control have in common?
Dr. Shankar Sastry
University of California at Berkeley
January 11,1996
Fundamentals of Real-Time Scheduling
Dr. C. L. Liu
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
February 8,1996
Methods and Tools for Validating Real-
Time Constraints
Dr. Jane Liu
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
March 14,1996
Autonomous Calibration in Telerobotics
and Virtual Reality
Dr. John Hollerbach
The University of Utah
CICSR is hosting its seventh annual
Distinguished Lecture Series, bringing in
academic and industrial leaders in the
forefront of their respective fields.
This year, DLS speakers will be discussing
real-time embedded systems — their
increasing prevalence, technical standards,
and what the systems mean from both
developers' and users' perspectives.
Join us for a Glimpse of the Future of
Real-Time Embedded Systems
Lectures are from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, in
the new CICSR/CS Building, room 208,
2366 Main Mall, UBC. Lectures are
Multimedia figures prominently in MAGIC's future. Graphic by Peter Cahoon of MAGIC.
CICSR Faculty Forum 1995-96
In this third annual Faculty Forum, six
CICSR members present and discuss their
ground-breaking research in integrated
computer systems.
September 21,1995
Built-in Self-Testing of VLSI Circuits
Dr. AndnS Ivanov
October 19,1995
Automated Database Design
Dr. Robert Goldstein
November 16,1995
Broadband Ultrasound Localized Waves for
Medical Imaging
Dr. Matthew Palmer
January 18,1996
Learning to Recognize 3-D Objects
Dr. David Lowe
The UBC Centre for Integrated Computer
Systems Research (CICSR) is an interdepartmental research organization made up of
computer-related research faculty members in
the Departments of Computer Science, Electrical
Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Currently there are more than 60 CICSR
researchers which direct over 200 graduate
students and collaborate with dozens of
industrial firms in areas such as robotics,
artificial intelligence, communications, VLSI
design and industrial automation.
February 15,1996
Computing Between the Lines
Dr. Jack Snoeyink
March 21,1996
Transferring Automation Technology to
BC's Fishing Industry: A Progress Report
Dr. Elizabeth Croft
CICSR Faculty Forum For 1995-96
The CICSR Faculty Forum was created to
provide local researchers and industry with
an opportunity to find out more about the
world-class research being performed at the
University of B.C. by CICSR Faculty.
Join Us For a Closer Look at UBC's
Integrated Systems Research Projects.
Talks will be held from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in
the new CICSR/CS Building, Room 208,
2366 Main Mall, UBC. Lectures are
CICSR FOCUS, is published twice a year.
EDITOR:   Leslie Ellis
Office: 289-2366 Main Mall,
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z4
Tel: (604) 822-6894, fax: (604) 822-9013
Contact: Margy de Vries


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