Darrel L. Chenoweth , PhD, is Professor Emeritus, ECE Department, University of Louisville. Dr. Chenoweth received his PhD from Auburn University. His expertise spans various aspects of machine learning, pattern recognition and image analysis, where he published several technical papers and holds a number of patents. As a researcher, Dr. Chenoweth worked on a number of long-term defense projects during 1980’s and 1990’s. He introduced several subjects into the ECE curriculum and graduated a number of MS and PhD students. His long career with the University of Louisville involved various senior duties including Chairman for the ECE Department (1992-2004), Associate Vice President for Research (1998-2006), and Chairman of the State of Kentucky DoD EPSCoR Committee for over 15 years. Among his distinct achievements is the establishment of the CSE PhD program (1988) where he worked as first coordinator, and the establishment of the EE PhD program in 2000. In his capacity as Associate Vice President for Research, he played significant role in advancing the University’s agenda in research and scholarly activities and in research ethics. During his tenure as Chairman of the ECE department, ECE witnessed enormous expansion in teaching, research and scholarly activities in computer vision, biomedical imaging, computational intelligence, MEMS and Nanotechnology. Dr. Chenoweth collaborated with the CVIP Lab since its inception in 1994 and played major role in its establishment and expansion. He had been on various graduate students committees and Co-PI on two NSF grants. Dr. Chenoweth is a fellow of the IEE. He has officially retired in December 2007 after 28 years of productive and rewarding service at the University of Louisville. He holds an Emeritus Professorship position at the University of Louisville.
Thomas Starr, PhD, is Professor of Chemical Engineering Department, and Associate Dean for Research, University of Louisville. Dr. Starr’s current research interests include thin film materials for energy applications and solid freeform fabrication (SFF) for rapid prototyping, direct manufacturing and function-graded materials. Thin film materials research includes atomic layer deposition (ALD) for fuel cell materials, advanced batteries and photoelectrochemical energy systems; and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) for thermal barrier coatings and solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) components. SFF research focuses on direct metal deposition (DMD) for custom fabrication of titanium components for biomedical and aerospace applications, for combinatorial screening of ternary alloy compositions and for development of composition-graded metal structures. Previous research in chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) advanced process understanding and control for manufacture of ceramic and carbon matrix composites for energy and aerospace applications.
Allan Farman, PhD, is is Professor of Radiology and Imaging Science, Department of Surgical and Hospital Dentistry, The University of Louisville. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and a licensed specialist in that discipline. He conducts private practice of maxillofacial radiology and has been involved with digital dental imaging since its inception almost two decades ago. In his private practice he interacts with all disciplines within dentistry and is familiar with the needs of practitioners. Dr. Farman is also Honored Guest Professor of Peking University, China. He is the voting Representative for the American Dental Association to the International DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) Standards Committee. He also founded and Chairs the International Congress and Exposition on Computed Maxillofacial Imaging and is Scientific Editor for the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. He is widely published and lectures both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Amir A. Amini is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research interests are focused on medical imaging and biomedical image processing and analysis. Areas of general interest include physiologic imaging and image analysis. Areas of particular interest include development of new techniques for quantification of the heart motion from cardiac MRI and its application to determination of mechanical strain. In the area of vascular imaging his interests are in developing techniques to determine intravascular pressures, shear stress, and other mechanical indices of function from phase-contrast MR images. He also has an interest in automated morphometrics for determination of anatomical volumes, and shapes.
Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar is Professor of Medicine, and University Scholar in the University of Louisville. The major focus of his research is to elucidate the mechanisms by which oxidative stress affects cardiovascular function. In particular, he is interested in the role of lipid peroxidation as a contributor to myocardial ischemic injury and atherosclerosis. Although lipid peroxidation generates several reactive intermediates and end products, lipid-derived unsaturated aldehydes are believed to be a major source of oxidative stress and these toxicants appear to be critical mediators of tissue injury due to lipid peroxidation. In order to understand how the cardiovascular tissues protect themselves from the toxic products of lipid peroxidation, he is currently investigating the biochemical mechanisms by which unsatuarated aldehydes are detoxified in the heart and blood vessels. The enzymes – aldose reductase, glutathione S-transferases and aldehyde dehydrogenase are the major constituents of aldehyde metabolism in the heart, and vascular smooth muscle and endothelial cells, and that these enzymes function in tandem to protect cardiovascular tissues from the harmful effects of lipid peroxidation. Based on this understanding he is currently assessing in detail the role of aldose reductase and related aldo-keto reductases in the detoxification of lipid peroxidation products. He is investigating whether inhibition or upregulation of these enzymes affects the ability of the heart to withstand oxidative stress during ischemia and reperfusion. In a parallel series of experiments he is studying the role of aldose reductase in atherogenesis in an effort to ascertain whether changes in aldehyde metabolism alter plaque burden in atherosclerotic animals. He believes that this line of inquiry will lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms by which oxidative stress mediates or exacerbates cardiovascular disease, and how the untoward cardiovascular effects of lipid peroxidation could be prevented.
Dr. Jacek Zurada is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Distinguished University Scholar in University of Louisville. He received his MS and PhD degrees (with distinction) in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Gdansk, Poland in 1968 and 1975, respectively. Since 1989 he has been a Professor, and since 1993 a distinguished Samuel T. Fife Professorwith the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He was Department Chair from 2004 to 2006. He has published 280 journal and conference papers in the areas of neural networks, computational intelligence, data mining, image processing and VLSI circuits.
Dr. Manuel Casanova is Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry, and Gottfried and Gisela Kolb Endowed Chair in Psychiatry. He made his residency training in neurology and then spent 3 years doing a fellowship in neuropathology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his stay at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Casanova was in-charge of Pediatric Neuropathology, a fact which kindled his interest in developmental disorders of the brain. His clinical experience was enhanced by appointments as either a consultant or staff neuropathologist at Sinai Hospital (Maryland), the North Charles Hospital and the D.C. General Hospital. He spent several years as Deputy Medical Examiner for Washington, D.C., where he gained valuable experience in the post-mortem examination of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and child abuse. His expertise in the field was recognized by honorary appointments as a Scientific Expert for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and as a Professorial Lecturer for the Department of Forensic Science at George Washington University. Dr. Casanova spent 8 years helping to establish 2 of the most successful brain banks in this country: The Johns Hopkins Brain Resource Center (3 years) and the Brain Bank Unit of the Clinical Brains Disorders Branch at the National Institutes of Mental Health (5 years). At present, Dr. Casanova is well published in a multitude of postmortem techniques including neuronal morphometry immunocytochemistry, neurochemistry, and autoradiography
Dr. Zijiang J. He is Professor of Psychology Department. His research interest is in understanding what and how animals and humans perceive the visual world. Because the act of seeing is complex, understanding its underlying processes demands a multidisciplinary approach that deals with a variety of problems associated with visual perception and cognition. To this end, his laboratory employs several research techniques including psychophysical methods, phenomenological observations, recording of motor actions (eye movement and locomotion), and the virtual reality technology. Collaborations with scientists using other techniques (single cell recording, imaging, computational, modeling, etc.) are welcomed. Students in his laboratory receive a broad and comprehensive training in perception and cognition.
Dr. Ed Essock is Professor of Psychology Department. His general research interest is the low-level organization of the visual system, including the relation of basic visual abilities to the properties of the visual neurons. This research has a natural extension to clinical vision science where the basic research can be applied by analyzing these same visual abilities in patients with known neural disruptions.