I officially rejoined Computer Science in September of 2007, where I was part of Laboratory of Informatics and Network Computational Studies (LINCS) and the Rochester Human Computer Interaction (ROC HCI) research group until sequestration slashed NIH and NSF grant support for scientific research.
As part of the Assisted Cognition project, I worked with Henry Kautz on a collaboration with Attention Control Systems on federally funded research projects to use machine learning algorithms to develop assistive devices for veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I was hired by Richard Aslin in May of 2004 as the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging's first employee. The Center is home to a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine with a 3-Tesla magnet that is primarily used for neuroscience research. I was involved in all aspects of the Center's day-to-day operations, including renovations (in a building that was part of the Manhattan Project), data analysis and image processing, administration and system administration, and troubleshooting problems with the magnet - including a lightning induced quench that nearly destroyed the three million dollar machine.
I started working with Professor Kyros Kutulakos in the Dermatology Department's Body Imaging Lab as a junior. Much of my time as an undergrad was spent working with Rodrigo Carceroni and Rahul Bhotika on projects related to their Ph.D. theses. In 2000, I made the transition from student to staff. While a member of the lab, I designed image analysis software for a National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsored clinical trial. Descriptions of the trial for both patients and health professionals are available online. The trial was mentioned in the skin cancer cover story of the August 20th, 2001 issue of Newsweek.
The Body Imaging Lab became part of the interdisciplinary Center for Future Health in 1999. Kyros departed for the University of Toronto's CS department in 2001, while I stayed on as staff in the Center for Future Health. While there, I worked on projects exploring the application of motion analysis and computer vision to home-based health care. During my last year at the Center, the majority of my time was spent writing grants, including a successfully funded grant that I wrote with Adrian Leibovici, MD, for the Everyday Technology for Alzheimer's Care (ETAC) program sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association and Intel. The grant is described on the ETAC website, and in a Strong Health Press Release written by my friend Tom Rickey. The research has since been commercialized as part of the GE QuiteCare system, which is now being used as part of a collaboration with Intel.
I worked on several projects for Chris Brown as a sophomore. I helped implement the Hough Transform for the Image Understanding Environment. I also contributed to the Computer Science Department's Mobile Robotics project, which is is eulogized in a series of reports to the National Science Foundation and two tech reports.