Recent promotions and changes

This summer brings about several promotions and role changes within the CS department. Profs. Devin Balkcom and Lorenzo Torresani have both been promoted to the rank of Full Professor, and Prof. Wojciech Jarosz is being promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Additionally, after two years of service as our department chair, Prof. Prasad Jayanti is handing the reins over to Devin Balkcom, who will be our new department chair starting this summer. Thank you and congratulations all!

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Prasad Jayanti

Prasad joined the Dartmouth Computer Science faculty in 1993 and has served as our department chair since 2018. His research revolves around proving lower bounds and designing algorithms for fault-tolerant synchronization in asynchronous shared-memory multiprocessors. He enjoys teaching CS 30, 31, 39, 49/149, and 231 as well as CS 1. He was recognized with Cornell Engineering Co-op's Excellence in Teaching award in 1992, Dartmouth's Jerome Goldstein Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1999, Dartmouth's 2018-19 Elizabeth Howland Hand-Otis Norton Pierce Award for outstanding teaching of undergraduates, and Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship during 2000-02, and has been named by Dartmouth James Frank Family Professor of Computer Science since 2010.

Devin Balkcom

Devin joined the CS department in 2004 and is now being promoted to the rank of Full Professor and department chair. Devin studies robot motion and design. His particular research interests include automated fabrication and robotic construction; problems of flexible objection manipulation including robotic laundry folding, origami, and knot tying; optimal motion for mobile robots; and augmented reality for coaching human motion. He enjoys teaching introductory computer science and classes in robotics and artificial intelligence.

Lorenzo Torresani

Lorenzo has been on the faculty at Dartmouth since 2009, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2014, and has now been promoted to Full Professor. Lorenzo is also a Research Scientist at Facebook AI since 2018 and previously held industry research positions at Microsoft Research and He is a recipient of several awards, including a CVPR best student paper prize, the NSF CAREER Award, a Google Faculty Research Award, and three Facebook Faculty Awards.

Lorenzo's research is aimed at designing computational models for image and video analysis and it uses machine learning to teach computers "to see." At Dartmouth he has created and taught several courses in his area of research, including computer vision, machine learning, deep learning, and advanced topics in visual recognition.

Wojciech Jarosz

Wojciech joined the CS department at Dartmouth in 2015, and is being promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. Before joining Dartmouth, he was a Senior Research Scientist heading the rendering group at Disney Research Zürich. Wojciech's research area is computer graphics, specifically, the area of physically based rendering which strives to efficiently simulate how light interacts with its environment to create photorealistic computer-generated images. His work has been incorporated into production rendering systems and has been used in the making of feature films, including Disney's Tangled, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. In 2013, Wojciech received the Eurographics Young Researcher Award and in 2019 the NSF CAREER Award. Wojciech has created several courses at Dartmouth, including Computer Graphics (CS 77), Rendering Algorithms (CS 87), and Computational Photography (CS 73). He also enjoys teaching CS 70.