Allen Tannenbaum Appointed SUNY Distinguished Professor


Stony Brook University Department of Computer Science Professor Allen Tannenbaum was recently appointed a SUNY Distinguished Professor. This honor is in recognition of Tannenbaum’s outstanding work in both research and educational endeavors in the fields of computer science and mathematics, in which he holds a doctorate degree from Harvard University.


The State University of New York (SUNY) system grants this title to “faculty having achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within the individual’s chosen field through significant contributions to the research and scholarship”.

Professor Tannenbaum certainly meets SUNY’s criteria. To date, his work has been cited more than 20,000 times on Google Scholar, with his book on Feedback Control Theory having been cited more than 3,000 times alone. He is recognized and highly regarded not only in computer science across the country, but across the entire globe. The nomination abstract submitted on his behalf calls the professor “an internationally renowned superstar”, and he clearly lives up to that statement.

“There is seemingly no aspect of computer science that Professor Tannenbaum hasn’t contributed to in some way. This recognition is very well-deserved and the department is quite proud to have him as part of our faculty and as part of the entire College of Engineering and Applied Sciences,” said Ari Kaufman, Chairman.

Tannenbaum has conducted significant research into computer vision, image analysis, geometric invariance theory, statistical knowledge based image segmentation and geometric flow for shape analysis. His work also spans across other disciplines. He has made major contributions to algebraic geometry, control theory, image processing, and biomedical imaging.

Professor Tannenbaum becomes the third member of the Department of Computer Science to become a SUNY Distinguished Professor, after Steven Skiena and Department Chairman Arie Kaufman. He has also received the Kennedy Research Prize, the National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award, and the O. Hugo Schuck Award over the course of his (now officially) distinguished career.

-By Michael Curatola