Biographical Information

Current Status

On January 2001 I retired from the department of Computer Science at SUNY, Stony Brook where I had been teaching since 1986. Now I have the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

During (roughly) 1970-2012 I conducted research, taught, and consulted in the areas of Image Analysis, Pattern Recognition,  Computer Graphics, and Software issues related to these fields. (Before that I had worked in Control Theory  and  its applications in Biological systems.)

I am no longer active in technology (my last paper was published in January 2014).

Short Professional Biography

Theo Pavlidis was born and grew up in Greece, graduating from the National Technical University of Athens in 1957. He came to the United States in 1961 and received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1964. He was on the faculty of Princeton University during 1964-80, a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Labs during 1980-86 and on the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook during 1986-2001. During 2001-2002 he was chief computer scientist of Symbol Technologies.

He has consulted for numerous companies in the past including Symbol Technologies, Ricoh of Japan, AT&T Bell Labs, Datacopy, Exxon, RCA, etc.

He became a fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) in 1979 and of IAPR (International Association for Pattern Recognition) in 1994. In 1999 he became a Life Fellow of IEEE. In 2000 he was awarded by IAPR the King-Sun Fu prize for "fundamental contributions to the theory and methodology of structural pattern recognition." (This is the major award of the International Association for Pattern Recognition presented to an individual every two years.)

He has authored more than 150 technical papers. He also authored five books, co-edited three books and received fifteen patents on various aspects of bar coding and document analysis. He is the co-inventor of the two-dimensional bar code PDF417.

He was the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) from 1982 to 1986, and has been a member of the editorial board of many other journals, including the IEEE Proceedings. He was the program chairman of IDCAR'93 (Intern. Conf. on Document Analysis and Recognition) and has served in the past as general chairman of the Fifth International Conference on Pattern Recognition (1980) and the 1988 IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation. From 1993 to 1996 he was on the board of governors of the IEEE Computer Society.

List of publications

Full CV in PDF (May 2009)

Publications in PDF

See also Technical Writings on this site.

Biographical Information from Other Sources

Biography at IAPR site

Wikipedia entry

KS Fu Prize citation and commentary (Scanned from the Summer 2000 issue of the IAPR newsletter)

KS Fu Prize award ceremony (Scanned from the Autumn 2000 issue of the IAPR newsletter)

Notre Dame KS Fu prize winners lecture series

NSF article on the contributions of T. Pavlidis to Bar Codes

List of 50 major discoveries where NSF contributed funding (Bar Codes are No. 6)

May 4, 1992 Newsday article about University-Industry interaction (Downloaded from the newspaper archives)

Newsday Illustration about PDF417

Retirement Symposium (Scanned from ICPR 2002 program) Site Map