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Stephen M. Pizer

Stephen M. Pizer

Kenan Distinguished Professor

(6) Ph.D. 1967, Harvard. Image display and analysis; medical imaging; human and computer vision; graphics.


222 Sitterson Hall

919-590-6085 Phone
919-590-6105 Fax

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Stephen Steve M. Pizer received Bachelor degrees in applied mathematics from Brown University in 1963 and the PhD in computer science from Harvard in 1967. From 1962 to 1973 he was a member of the Physics Research Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, and since 1967 he has been on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). A Kenan Professor of Computer Science, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering at UNC, he founded and has led UNC’s multidepartmental Medical Image Display & Analysis Group. He is on the faculty of Computer Science’s Graphics and Image Laboratory and is co-founder and chairman of the board of Morphormics, Inc. His research, centered since 1962 on medical image processing and display, presently focuses on image and object shape analysis, 3D visualization of medical images, probability on shape and appearance models, and segmentation. Other research directions have included interactive 3D graphics, human vision, image quality analysis, contrast enhancement, and image restoration. He is the author of a book on medial representations, 2 books on numerical computing, 3 proceedings in computer graphics and image analysis, and over 290 published chapters and journal and proceedings articles. He is Fellow of the MICCAI Society. For many years he was Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.