Daniel Lopresti, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was named interim dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science effective July 1, 2014. Lopresti came to Lehigh in 2003, and became chair of Computer Science and Engineering in 2009. His research examines fundamental algorithmic and systems-related questions in pattern recognition, bioinformatics, and computer security.
Lopresti received a Bachelorís degree from Dartmouth in 1982, and his Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton in 1987. After completing his doctorate, he joined the computer science department at Brown where his teaching and research ranged from parallel VLSI systems to computational aspects of molecular biology. He went on to help found the Matsushita Information Technology Laboratory in Princeton, NJ, turning his attention to document analysis and pen computing. Later he served on the research staff at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, where he engaged in research in biometric security and speech synthesis. He has over 150 publications in refereed conferences and journals, and holds 24 patents.
Lopresti has established himself as leader in the international document analysis research community, having co-chaired most of the major conferences in the field. He instituted the biennial doctoral consortium which is now a fixture at the International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition. Recently, he was named Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition published by Springer, and he also serves on the editorial board of Computer Vision and Image Understanding published by Elsevier. He has applied his technical expertise on the controversial topic of electronic voting. During the summer of 2014, he and Greg Lang, assistant professor of microbial evolution in the Department of Biological Sciences, are working with a team of student researchers in a Biosystems Dynamics Summer Institute project funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Lopresti also continues to remain actively involved in Lehigh's Mountaintop Experiential Learning project, where he and other members of the CSE department are engaging some 20 undergraduates under the general theme of "Smart Spaces."