Pietro Perona, Ph.D.

Allen E. Puckett Professor of Electrical Engineering
Executive Officer (Chair), Computation and Neural Systems
California Institute of Technology

Pietro PeronaDr. Perona graduated in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Padova, Italy, in 1985. In 1990 he received a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the faculty at Caltech in 1991. Dr. Perona served as the Director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center on Neuromorphic Systems Engineering at Caltech from 1999 to 2006.

Dr. Pietro Perona studies vision: how images are processed by brains and computers in order to obtain information about the environment. His research currently focusses on visual recognition: how do we detect and recognize objecs and scenes in images. He is also interested in how can we compute, recognize and represent animal and human behavior. Dr. Perona is known for his work on partial differential equations for image processing (the Perona-Malik equation) as well as for his work on unsupervised learning of visual categories.

Dr. Perona is the recipient of the NSF National Young Investigator Award (1994) and a Feynman Award (1996). He is the recipient of the Best Paper award of the IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference of 2003 (best of more than 1000 sumissions). Dr. Perona was a plenary invited speaker at the First EMS-SIAM Conference “Applied Mathematics in our Changing World” (Berlin, 2001), the British Machine Vision Conference (Manchester, 2001), the 16th Neural Information Processing Conference (Vancouver, 2002), the 13th Scandinavian Conference on Image Analysis (Goteborg 2003), the German Conference on Image Analysis (DAGM, Tuebingen, 2004), the International Conference on Modeling Estimation and Control (Venice, 2007).