Featured Founders 2017


The McGill Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM) grew out of a research collaboration between Engineering Professors working on Machine Perception and Computer Vision. Initial funding came from the Federal Government of Canada via NSERC. In 1981, three of these researchers, Martin Levine, Steve Zucker (now a Professor at Yale University) and Al Malowany (deceased), along with Systems Theory specialists, Pierre Belanger (retired), Peter Caines and George Zames (deceased), were selected by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR – now CIFAR) to constitute one of the three nodes of its program in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. CIM was officially created in 1985 when these five researchers from Electrical Engineering decided to unite with a common theme – the study of intelligent systems. In order to achieve their goal of interdisciplinary collaboration, they invited researchers from Mechanical Engineering (Jorge Angeles, Louis Vroomen (retired), Paul Zsombor-Murray) and from the School of Computer Science (Sue Whitesides (former chair of Computer Science at the University of Victoria) and Renato DeMori (former Chair of the School of Computer Science, McGill)) to join them.

Honours in 2017

The CIM Founders Symposium 2017 honours the contributions and achievements of two of the founding members of CIM, Martin D. Levine and Jorge Angeles, who have recently become emeritus (retired) professors at McGill University.

Celebrating Martin D. Levine

Martin D. Levine (S’59-M’66-SM’74-F’88) received the B. Eng. and M. Eng. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, in 1960 and 1963, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, London, England, in 1965. He is a Lifetime Fellow of the IEEE (FIEEE), Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), and the International Association for Pattern Recognition (FIAPR). In 2005, he was nominated for the Prix du Québec by McGill University.

He is currently a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University and served as the founding Director of the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines (CIM) from 1986 to 1998. During 1972-1973 he was a member of the Technical Staff at the Image Processing Laboratory of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA where he worked on the  vision system for a future Mars Rover. During the 1979-1980 academic year, he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

His research interests include computer vision, image processing and artificial  intelligence, and he has numerous publications to his credit on these topics. He was also the first academic in Canada to teach courses on Computer Vision as well as Artificial Intelligence. He has consulted for various government agencies and industrial organizations in these areas. Dr. Levine was a founding partner of AutoVu Technologies Inc. and VisionSphere Technologies Inc. for which he was the Chief Scientific Officer. He was also a member of the Scientific Board of ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc. He is currently a technical advisor to SPORTLOGiQ, which is located in Montreal.

Dr. Levine has authored the book entitled “Vision in Man and Machine” and co-authored “Computer Assisted Analyses of Cell Locomotion and Chemotaxis”. Dr. Levine has served on the Editorial Boards of Computer Vision and Understanding, the IEEE Transactions On Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Pattern Recognition, and Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision. He was the Editor of the Plenum Book, Series on Advances in Computer Vision and Machine Intelligence. He was the General Chairman of the Seventh International Conference on Pattern Recognition held in Montreal during the summer of 1984 and served as President of the International Association of Pattern Recognition during 1988-1990. He was also the founding President of the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society.

Dr. Levine was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in 1984. During the period 1990-96 he served as a CIAR/PRECARN Associate. He is a Lifetime Fellow of the IEEE and the International Association for Pattern Recognition. Dr. Levine was presented with the 1997 Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society Service Award for his outstanding contributions to research and education in Computer Vision.



Celebrating Jorge Angeles

Jorge Angeles graduated as an Electromechanical Engineer at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in 1969, from which he also received the M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1970; in 1973, Angeles obtained the Ph.D. degree in Applied Mechanics from Stanford University. Between 1973 and 1984, Angeles served at UNAM as Associate Professor, Professor, Chairman of the Graduate Division of Mechanical Engineering, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Since 1984, Angeles is with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, where he is affiliated with the Centre for Intelligent Machines. Angeles has held Visiting Professorships at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Aalborg University in Denmark, University of Paris at Jussieu, University of the Basque Country (Spain), Technical University of Berlin, Technical University of Munich (at the last two as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Awardee) and at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he also held a Nanyang Professorship in 2001 and 2002. Angeles is also Honorary Professor of Tianjin University, China, and Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. Publications include various books in the areas of kinematics and dynamics of mechanical systems as well as numerous technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His research interests span: design theory and methodology; robotic mechanical systems; and multibody system dynamics and control. Apart from his research activities, Angeles is a consultant to various Canadian and international organizations in matters of automation, mechanical design, and robotics. Angeles is a Fellow of: RSC, The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada; The Canadian Academy of Engineering; ASME; the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering; and IEEE. Other positions and
recognitions include: Past-President of IFToMM, the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science; one of the 12 Honorary members of IFToMM; a former James McGill Professor of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University; a former NSERC Design Engineering Chair; and a member of various professional and learned societies. Professional registration as an engineer includes Quebec, Mexico, and Germany.