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
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.