The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, USA, has awarded the Bower Prize 2008 to Dr. Takeo Kanade, Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. Kanade was awarded the prize for his visionary leadership and outstanding scientific accomplishments in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence.

Takeo Kanade is one of the leading researchers in the field of robotics. He has been researching and teaching at Carnegie Mellon University since 1980. He was director of the Robotics Institute from 1992 to 2001, during which time the institute became one of the world's leading research centers on robotics. In 2001, he set up the Digital Human Research Center in Tokyo, which observes, records and models human functions. Since 2006 he is Founding Director of the Quality of Life Technology Center, which develops intelligent systems to help the elderly and disabled.

Kanade has written more than 250 articles and reports and owns more than 15 patents. He is founder and editor of the Springer journal International Journal of Computer Vision and co-editor of the Springer book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science. He has also written a number of books, including Three-Dimensional Machine Vision and Space Robotics: Dynamics and Control, both of which were published in the Springer series International Series in Engineering and Computer Science.


The Bower Prize has been awarded by the Franklin Institute for almost two centuries to honor top researchers in the natural sciences and technology. Established in 1988 with a bequest from Henry Bower, a Philadelphia chemical manufacturer, it includes a gold medal and a cash prize of $250,000.

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Source: Anja Geyer

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