Alex Paul Pentland

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    Alex Paul Pentland received his Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982, began work at SRI International’s Artificial Intelligence Center. He was appointed Industrial Lecturer in Stanford Universities’ Computer Science department in 1983, winning the Distinguished Lecturer award in 1986. In 1987 he returned to M.I.T. and is currently Head of the Perceptual Computing Section of the Media Laboratory, a group that includes over fifty researchers in computer vision, graphics, speech, music, and human-machine interaction. He has done research in artificial intelligence, machine vision, human vision, and computer graphics, and has published more than 180 scientific articles in these areas. He has won awards from the AAAI for his research into fractals; the IEEE for his research into face recognition; and from Ars Electronica for his work in computer vision interfaces to virtual environments.