Computer Science

Theo Pavlidis

Theo Pavlidis
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

2441 Computer Science
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4400

theopav [at]


Image Processing, Machine Vision, Computer Graphics, Window Systems.


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.


For the last 40 years Theo Pavlidis has been conducting research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of Image Analysis, Pattern Recognition, Computer Graphics, and Software issues related to these fields. (Before that he had worked in Control Theory and its applications in Biological systems.)


In 2000 Theo Pavlidis was awarded by IAPR the King-Sun Fu prize for "fundamental contributions to the theory and methodology of structural pattern recognition."

Teaching Summary

ITS 102