(An ESPRIT Network of Excellence)
Newsletter No. 1
15 March 1996
In each issue of the newsletter, we will use this space to introduce some of the key members who work behind the scenes to make the network possible. In this issue we present Patrick Courtney (ITMI-Aptor), who has recently accepted to serve as the Assistant to the Coordinator:
Dr. Patrick Courtney works for the company ITMI-Aptor in the Technology Studies department where he has a responsibility for developing computer vision. He currently manages a project on camera calibration for space applications, and also works on intelligent detection systems, vision-guided crane control, 3D vision and the problem of performance evaluation of vision algorithms.
He obtained an BSc (Hons.) in Computer Engineering from the University of Manchester, an MSc in Instrumentation and Analytical Science from UMIST, Manchester. In 1989, he completed a PhD in Engineering in the area of machine vision guided robotics for the automation of DNA sequencing at the Manchester Biotechnology Centre, UMIST. He then moved to the University of Sheffield, working in both AIVRU/Psychology and Electrical Engineering, where he studied the problems of stereo and motion for mobile robots, calibration, and software and hardware architectures for vision.
In 1994 he moved to ITMI-Aptor in France under an EC-TMR fellowship. He has published work in all these areas and as a reviewer for IEE Proc. Vision Image and Signal Processing.
In his spare time he develops voluntary electronic media, radio and TV and is president of IASTAR, the European federation.