Industry Multimedia Projects
In our talk we first present non-traditional, radical university arrangements that we implemented in the College of
Engineering and Computer Science at FAU in order to create an entrepreneurial university. The backbone of our
new concept is the NSF-sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge
Enablement with 25 industry members, a more than 20 applied research projects. We then describe several
multimedia research projects, which were initiated in the Center and then commercialized by industry members.
They include the distributed Cloud Computing study to provide 3D visualization services for climate data on
demand, automatic asset identification and tracking system using innovative image processing, augmented reality
methods for hearing augmentation, driver drowsiness detection system, 3-D image reconstruction and segmentation
of brain cells, and video and image analysis and mining for coastline security.
Borko Furht is a professor and chairman of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida. He is also Director of recently formed NSF-sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Advanced Knowledge Enablement. Before joining FAU, he was a vice president of research and a senior director of development at Modcomp (Ft. Lauderdale), a computer company of Daimler Benz, Germany, a professor at University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and a senior researcher in the Institute Boris Kidric-Vinca, Yugoslavia. Professor Furht received Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Belgrade.
His current research is in multimedia systems, big data computing, video coding and compression, and Internet and cloud computing. He is presently Principal Investigator and Co-PI of several multiyear, multimillion dollar projects including NSF PIRE project and NSF High-Performance Computing Center. He is the author of numerous books and articles in the areas of multimedia, computer architecture, real-time computing, and operating systems. He received 2012-2013 Researcher of the Year award at FAU. He is a founder and editor-in-chief of two journals: International Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications and Journal of Big Data (Springer). His recent handbooks include Handbook of Big Data (to appear in 2013), Handbook of Data Intensive Computing (Springer,2011), and Handbook of Cloud Computing (Springer, 2010). He has received several technical and publishing awards, and has consulted for many high-tech companies including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, General Electric, JPL, NASA, Honeywell, and RCA. He has also served as a consultant to various colleges and universities. He has given many invited talks, keynote lectures, seminars, and tutorials. He serves on the Board of Directors of several high-tech companies and was an expert witness for Cisco and Qualcomm.