SEAC and the Start of Image Processing at the National Bureau of Standards

by Russell A. Kirsch

portrait of Russell Kirsch

Russell A. Kirsch

Russell A. Kirsch received his scientific training from the Bronx (New York) High School of Science in 1946, with refinements occurring at New York University (BEE, 1950), Harvard University (SM, 1952), American University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a member of the group that first designed and built digital computers in the U.S. National Bureau of Standards. Mr. Kirsch was responsible for computer design, operation, training, programming and research for 33 years, from 1951 until he retired as head of artificial intelligence research, becoming director of research of the Sturvil Corporation, but still maintaining an affiliation with the National Bureau of Standards. His research started the computer fields of image processing, syntactic pattern recognition, and chemical structure searching. He was among the early computer workers in the fields of artificial intelligence, natural language processing, library science, time sharing, bio-medical computing, and security printing. He is a past Advisory Editor of the Inst. of Electrical. and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and currently Advisory Editor of the journal Languages of Design. He is a member of the ACM, a life member of the IEEE, and a fellow of the AAAS. His current research interests are using computers in the fine arts and studying ancient petroglyphs.

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