Joseph L. Mundy
Dr. Mundy joined General Electric’s Research and Development Center (CRD) in 1963. His early projects at CRD include: High power microwave tube design, superconductive computer memory devices, the design of high density integrated circuit associative memory arrays, and the application of transform coding to image data compression. He is the co-inventor of varactor bootstrapping, a key technique still widely used today in the design of CMOS integrated circuits. From 1972 until 2002, Dr. Mundy led a group involved in the research and development of image understanding and computer vision systems. In the early 1970’s his group developed one of the first major applications of computer vision to industrial inspection. A system was developed to inspect incandescent lamp filaments at the rate of 15 parts/sec. and achieved classification performance of less than one error per thousand. The system operated in production for many years. His more recent research themes at CRD included: industrial photogrammetry for machine control, theory of geometric invariance, change detection in satellite imagery and CT classification of lung cancer lesions. In 1988, Dr. Mundy was named a Coolidge Fellow, GE’s highest technical honor. He applied the fellowship to a sabbatical at Oxford University, working with Sir Michael Brady and Prof. Andrew Zisserman on applications of invariant theory to computer vision. This work lead to the Marr Prize award in 1993. In 2002 Dr. Mundy joined the School of Engineering at Brown as Prof. of Engineering (research). His research at Brown, under sponsorship of DARPA and NGA, includes video and image analysis, with emphasis on change detection and 3-d volumetric modeling. In 2011, Dr. Mundy co-founded Vision Systems Inc. and is President and CEO. At VSI, Dr. Mundy has managed the DARPA Tailwind and Visual Media Reasoning projects that are aimed at aerial video processing and scene analysis. Dr. Mundy also provides general project management of current VSI efforts in 3-d modeling from satellite imagery, geo-location of ground-level imagery and facial recognition. Dr. Mundy received his B.E.E.(1963) and M.Eng.(1966) and Ph.D.(1969) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has published over 100 papers and articles in computer vision and solid state electronics.