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Flynn Named Fritz Duda Professor of Engineering

Nina Welding • DATE: August 26, 2014

Patrick J. Flynn, professor of computer science and engineering and concurrent professor of electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the Fritz Duda Family Professor of Engineering in recognition of his long-standing contributions to foundational knowledge in computer vision and biometrics, as well as his outstanding contributions to students and the learning environment.

“Pat is one of our most highly valued teacher-scholars in the college,” says Peter Kilpatrick, the McCloskey Dean of Engineering. “His contributions to computer vision and iris biometrics make him one of the world’s most recognized researchers in that field, and we are delighted to acknowledge him as the inaugural Fritz Duda Family Professor.” The Fritz Duda Professorship was endowed by Notre Dame Trustee and parent Fritz L. Duda; he and his wife, Mary Lee, have established professorships in each of Notre Dame’s colleges and schools.

A faculty member since 2001, Flynn’s interests include computer vision, biometrics, pattern recognition, computer graphics and scientific visualization, and mobile application development. He also conducts research in mobile and embedded computing and systems with an emphasis on mobile, cloud-connected sensors, specifically applications in chemical testing, concussion detection, and biometrics.

Flynn co-directs Notre Dame’s Computer Vision Research Laboratory. He and his group continue to make high-impact contributions to face and iris recognition technologies and novel biometrics. The group’s work has been supported by a variety of government and industrial sources, such as the National Science Foundation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.

Flynn has served as mentor for a student based research and development team devoted to mobile applications for concussion detection using speech signals that won Notre Dame’s McCloskey Business Plan competition in 2013. He has also served in an advisory capacity with Contect, Inc., a company that spun off from the student project. In addition, he is the co-founder of three information technology start-ups. He has received numerous teaching awards from Washington State University and the University of Notre Dame, has been named a faculty fellow of the John Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at Notre Dame, and currently serves as a lecturer in the University’s Hesburgh Lecture Series.

A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Association for Pattern Recognition, Flynn is also a distinguished scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education.