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NIST Advisory Group Welcomes Berkeley Professor

From NIST Tech Beat: August 6, 2008

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Contact: Michael Baum
301-975-2763

Ruzena Bajcsy, an electrical engineering and computer science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has been chosen to serve on the primary private-sector policy advisory body of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Bajcsy’s appointment to the agency’s Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) was announced by James M. Turner, NIST deputy director.

Bajcsy's varied research interests include artificial intelligence, robotics, biosystems and computational biology, and human-computer interaction. She is director emeritus of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), a UC-Berkeley-headquartered public-private partnership that develops information technology solutions to social, environmental and health care issues.

Prior to joining Berkeley in 2001, Bajcsy headed the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. Author of more than 300 articles, book chapters and reports, Bajcsy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.

The VCAT was established by Congress in 1988 to review and make recommendations on NIST’s policies, organization, budget and programs, and was recently updated by the 2007 America COMPETES Act. The next VCAT meeting will take place Oct. 28-29, 2008, in Boulder, Colo.

For a list of all members and more information, please see www.nist.gov/director/vcat/.