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Dr. Kim Boyer

Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences
University at Albany, State University of New York
BSEE 1976, MSEE 1977, PhD 1986

“As an engineering educator, I believe it is imperative to reaffirm the role of the American research university as part of a national investment strategy. The university’s role is to undertake long time-horizon, high-risk research of the type private enterprise cannot afford, but which society as a whole cannot afford to neglect. The natural interconnection of research and graduate education, and the knowledge flow-down that enhances undergraduate education, makes an American engineering education the best in the world. To disregard universities as key elements of the national innovation system is to neglect a critically important tool for economic development."

Dr. Kim Boyer was appointed as the Founding Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Albany, State University of New York in July 2015.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Boyer was Head of the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for seven years and, before that, a member of the faculty at The Ohio State University for 22 years.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), and a former IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor.  Dr. Boyer is also a National Academies Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, spending 2006-07 in Washington as Senior Science Advisor to the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Dr. Boyer’s research interests are in computer vision and medical image analysis. His recent research activities include mapping the surface of the dynamic pre-lens tear film from interferometric video, visual analysis for modeling the dynamics of mitosis in live cell imaging, and most recently, estimation of occupancy distributions in smart spaces by the extraction and analysis of the plenoptic light field with color-controllable LED fixtures and distributed low-cost color sensors. 

Dr. Boyer served as President of the IAPR from 2012-2014 and is a former Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Area Editor of Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Associate Editor of Machine Vision and Applications, and Founder and Chair of the first two IEEE Computer Society Workshops on Perceptual Organization. He has published seven books and more than 100 scientific papers and has lectured in nearly 30 countries.

Dr. Boyer holds bachelor’s, master’s, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, all from Purdue University.