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Hebert, Hooker and Kraut named university professors – News

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April 11, 2022

Three Carnegie Mellon University faculty members have been elevated to the rank of University Professor, the highest honor a faculty member can earn at CMU.

The newly appointed university professors are Martial Hebert, John Hooker and Robert E. Kraut.

“Carnegie Mellon’s world-class faculty are central to our mission to provide exceptional educational experiences to our teaching and learning community. We are proud to honor our new faculty with this distinction, which exemplifies their contributions to education and their outstanding achievements,” said Provost and Director of Studies James H. Garrett, Jr. “Please join me in congratulating Martial, John and Robert on their appointments.”

University professors are distinguished by their international recognition and for their contributions to education, artistic creativity and/or research. Each exemplifies this high level of achievement and commitment to the university and wider academic communities.

Martial Hebert (to the right) is the Dean of the School of Computer Science and Professor at the Institute of Robotics.

Originally from France, Hébert obtained a doctorate in computer science from the University of Paris. He joined the Institute of Robotics in 1984 – five years after its creation – and was named a full professor in 1999. After joining the faculty at CMU, Hebert became a member of the Autonomous Land Vehicles program, a precursor to research current on autonomous vehicles. . He has carried out research on the interpretation of 3D data from distance sensors for obstacle detection, environment modeling and object recognition. He has led major research programs in autonomous systems, including ground and air vehicles, with contributions in the areas of perception for environmental understanding and human interaction.

Hebert’s research focuses primarily on computer vision. He has led research on fundamental components, such as scene understanding, object recognition, and the application of machine learning to computer vision, as well as applications, which include systems that enable people older and disabled people to live more independently. To help meet the needs of a growing computer vision industry, he created the nation’s first master’s degree program in computer vision.

Hebert is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation and IEEE Computer societies. Throughout his career, he has published hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in journals and conference proceedings and contributed to several edited volumes. He is editor of the International Journal of Computer Vision.

John HookerJohn Hooker (to the right) is Professor of Operations Research and T. Jerome Holleran Chair in Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Carnegie Mellon. He has also held visiting positions, most recently at the London School of Economics and the State University of Campinas, Brazil. He holds doctorates in philosophy and operations research.

Hooker is a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), as well as a recipient of the INFORMS Computing Society Award and the INFORMS Khachiyan Award for Lifetime Achievement in Optimization. He was president of the INFORMS Computing Society and held numerous editorial positions. He is active in the constraint programming community, where he served on the executive committee of the Association for Constraint Programming and received the association’s Research Excellence Award.

A pioneer in the integration of optimization and constraint programming technologies, he wrote the first book and co-hosted the first conference on the subject. OR/CP integration is an active area of ​​research and forms the basis of leading software packages. Hooker introduced logic-based Benders decomposition, an optimization method that can reduce solving times by orders of magnitude and has found a wide variety of applications. More recently, he and T. Hadžić introduced decision diagrams as an optimization method, and researchers are continuing this line of research.

Hooker’s interests in business ethics and cross-cultural management are reflected in his books “Business Ethics as Rational Choice”, “Working across Cultures”, “Taking Ethics Seriously”, and “Advanced Introduction to Business Ethics”. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Business Ethics Education.

He received a Distinguished Academic Leadership Award for his leadership and reorganization of the undergraduate business administration program at the Tepper School of Business. He received an Award for Excellence in Sustained Teaching and the Gerald Thompson Award for Excellence in the Classroom.

Robert KrautRobert E. Kraut (to the right) is the Herbert A. Simon Professor Emeritus of Human-Computer Interaction (HCII) at CMU’s School of Computer Science and the Tepper School of Business. A founding member of the HCII, Kraut began his career as a traditional social psychologist and spent time at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Bell Laboratories, and Bell Communications Research.

Kraut joined the Carnegie Mellon community in 1993 and his research has largely focused on the design and impact of social computing. He has conducted empirical research on online communities, the impact of the Internet on personal relationships and psychological well-being, the design of information technology for intellectual work in small groups, the communication needs of collaborating scientists, the impact of corporate IT technologies on social networks, job quality and home-based employment.

Kraut’s recent work has focused on the analysis and design of online communities, including health support communities, Facebook groups, and guilds in multiplayer games. In this research, he studied the functioning of these groups — how they socialize newcomers, for example, or coordinate their work — as well as interventions to improve their functioning.

In 2016, Kraut was named the recipient of the SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement in Research Award 2016, which recognizes an individual for the best, most fundamental, and most influential research contributions in the field of human-computer interaction. Kraut is the author or co-author of seven books and over 170 academic articles. He was elected to the CHI Academy in 2003 and has been a visiting professor at Facebook and Hewlett-Packard. He chaired 16 doctorates. committees and has advised dozens of graduate students.