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Patrick Flynn

Patrick J Flynn

Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Fritz Duda Family Professor of Engineering
College of Engineering

Concurrent Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering

Email: flynn@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-8803

Office: 384A Fitzpatrick Hall


Ph.D, Michigan State University, 1990

M.S., Computer Science, Michigan State University, 1986

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1985


Patrick J. Flynn received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1985), the M.S. in Computer Science (1986), and the Ph.D. in Computer Science (1990) from Michigan State University, East Lansing. He has held faculty positions at Notre Dame (1990-1991, 2001-present), Washington State University (1991-1998), and Ohio State University (1998-2001). His research interests include computer vision, biometrics, and image processing.

Dr. Flynn is an IEEE Fellow, an IAPR Fellow, and a past Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security,  IEEE Trans. on Image Processing,  IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Pattern Recognition and Pattern Recognition Letters. He is also a past Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Biometrics Compendium, IEEE's first virtual journal.  He has received outstanding teaching awards from Washington State University and the University of Notre Dame.

Summary of Activities/Interests

  • Computer Vision
  • Biometrics
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Graphics and Scientific Visualization
  • Mobile Application Development


College of Arts and Letters Announces New Minor in Data Science

March 29, 2018

The College of Arts and Letters is launching a new, interdisciplinary minor in data science. Housed in the Department of Sociology with support from the College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the program will be open to students in any college.

Notre Dame California Opens Palo Alto Facility to Support Coursework, Innovation and Collaboration in Silicon Valley

February 24, 2017

The University of Notre Dame opened its Palo Alto facility on Feb. 10 and held its first classes for the Notre Dame Silicon Valley Semester (SVS) program there on Thursday (Feb. 16).

Engineering Students Study "Abroad" in Silicon Valley

February 8, 2017

A few weeks ago, the first ever group of 10 computer science and computer engineering students traveled to California to begin their semester studying in Silicon Valley.

Notre Dame California Launches Silicon Valley Semester

January 17, 2017

Some 175 years after Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C, trekked through the frozen Indiana wilderness to found the University of Notre Dame, 10 Notre Dame juniors majoring in computer science and engineering have begun their own journey to the University’s next frontier: Silicon Valley.

Notre Dame Researchers Develop Software for Potential Use by Law Enforcement

October 26, 2016

The software code developed at Notre Dame makes the iris identification process easier for law enforcement to use and, hopefully, apply. The code works by looking at iris features and presenting them to the user in a way that is similar to a program that conducts fingerprint analysis.