Undergraduate student Theodor Moldovan was recently selected for Honorable Mention in the Computing Research Association's Outstanding Undergraduate Award competition for 2009. The 2009 awards mark the twelfth consecutive year that Brown CS students have been recognized by this competition.
Teodor will graduate in May with full majors in Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics. His research focuses on optimization problems and statistical physics methods, especially those that can be applied to computer vision. As a freshman he wrote a paper, along with Michael Black and Stefan Roth, that was accepted at the International Conference on Image Processing.
Theodor's record of service to the department is exemplary. He has been a TA in Michael Black's introductory vision class three years in a row and possesses a deep understanding of the material.
Teodor is also a co-inventor of a method for computing a "super resolution" image of a 3D object from many low-resolution images (e.g. a human face in surveillance video). An invention disclosure for this work has been filed with Brown and the University has decided to file a provisional patent application on the method. Brown selects very few inventions for patenting, and doing so speaks to the importance and quality of Teodor's work.