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Dan Huttenlocher

MIT Schwarzman College of Computing (link)

Henry Ellis Warren (1894) Professor,
Computer Science and AI & Decision-Making
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Office: 4-212
Address: MIT, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
Email: last name at
Assistant: Joanne Campbell

Brief Bio. Daniel Huttenlocher is the inaugural dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing. Previously he helped found Cornell Tech, the digital technology oriented graduate school created by Cornell University in New York City, and served as its first Dean and Vice Provost. His research and teaching have been recognized by a number of awards including ACM Fellow and CASE Professor of the Year. He has a mix of academic and industry background, having been a Computer Science faculty member at Cornell, researcher and manager at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and CTO of a fintech startup. He currently serves as the board chair of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and as a member of the board of Corning Inc. and He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, and master's and doctorate from MIT.

Research and Scholarship

Photo of Cornell TechMy research often bridges between academic subfields and between academia and industry. During the past few years I've primarily served in organizational leadership roles, leaving more limited time for research.

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Recently I've been concerned with how to develop a better understanding of AI, as exemplified in a co-authored piece in The Atlantic. I also remain deeply interested in academic research in computer vision and social network analysis.

Image of segmentation resultsOver the years I've developed a number of algorithmically-oriented computer vision techniques. The super-pixel segmentation method and Hausdorff distance methods that I helped create remain widely used, even in this era of deep learning. Hausdorff based image compression software that we created at Xerox nearly 25 years ago is also still used in document scanners.

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I worked on early studies of the first online social networks such as group formation on LiveJournal, and have continued to work on social network analysis.

Photo of autonomous car collisionI helped lead a team at Cornell that developed one of the first self-driving cars as part of the DARPA Urban Challenge. Our vehicle was involved in the first fully autonomous two-car collision during the race with the vehicle from MIT.