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Daniel P. Lopresti

   Professor and Chair, Department of
       Computer Science and Engineering
   Director, Data X Initiative

Lehigh University
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA  18015-3084  USA
(610) 758-5782
(610) 758-4096

Packard Lab 350

Daniel Lopresti received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth in 1982 and his Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton in 1987. After completing his doctorate, he joined the Department of Computer Science at Brown and taught courses ranging from VLSI design to computational aspects of molecular biology and conducted research in parallel computing and VLSI CAD. He went on to help found the Matsushita Information Technology Laboratory in Princeton, and later also served on the research staff at Bell Labs where his work turned to document analysis, handwriting recognition, and biometric security.

In 2003, Dr. Lopresti joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Lehigh where his research examines fundamental algorithmic and systems-related questions in pattern recognition, bioinformatics, and security. On July 1, 2009, he became Chair of the CSE Department. Effective July 1, 2014, he assumed the role of Interim Dean of the P. C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh. On July 1, 2015, he returned to Chair the CSE Department, as well as to serve as Director of the Data X strategic initiative.

Recent News of Note
Lehigh Silicon Valley
Once again I will be leading the Software Engineering Track for the highly successfull Lehigh Silicon Valley Program (LSV++). I created the track in 2017 in collaboration with the leaders of the innovative Baker Institute.
Data X Strategic Initiative
Lehigh has announced Data X, a major university-wide strategic initiative in the area of computing and data analytics. Among other things, the initiative will include new faculty positions in CSE and other key thrust areas across the institution. I will be serving as the Director of Data X. For the announcement, click here. For the Data X homepage, click here.
Lehigh Mountaintop Building C
For photos of Building C, once part of Bethlehem Steel's Homer Research Laboratories, click here.
CRA Computing Community Consortium Council
Effective July 1, 2015, I will be serving a three year term on the Computing Community Consortium Council of the Computing Research Association.
  • “Systems Computing Challenges in the Internet of Things” (CCC Whitepaper), Rajeev Alur, Emery Berger, Ann W. Drobnis, Limor Fix, Kevin Fu, Gregory D. Hager, Daniel Lopresti, Klara Nahrstedt, Elizabeth Mynatt, Shwetak Patel, Jennifer Rexford, John A. Stankovic, and Benjamin Zorn, September 2015.  (PDF 298 kbytes)
Mountaintop Experiential Learning Environment
I have had significant involvement in the development of Lehigh's new Mountaintop Project. For coverage of this activity, which began in Summer 2013 and continues to grow in size and scope, click here.
New Paradigm for Pattern Recognition Research
We are investigating a fundamentally new approach to conducting experimental pattern recognition research. Based on advances made possible by Web 2.0 technologies, our vision addresses a number of serious issues with the status quo, including overreliance on small standard datasets, implicit bias in testing, and irreproducibility of experimental results. For more details on this idea which we call "DARE," click here.
Document Analysis and Exploitation
We have had an active research effort in the area of document analysis and exploitation for several years now. Much of this work has been conducted in collaboration with colleagues at BBN Technologies with funding from DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Henry Baird and I were principal investigators, but congressional funding we received expanded the project to include other colleagues, including Hank Korth. To read a news article about the award, click here.
Electronic Voting
I serve as an independent expert in the Banfield v. Cortés lawsuit challenging the use of certain electronic voting machines in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Click here to learn more about the case, which has been in progress for several years now.

A recent ruling by the judge in the case has set the stage for independent examination of Pennsylvania's e-voting systems. The details are now being worked out by parties from both sides.

The PERFECT Project

We recently wrapped up a modest NSF CyberTrust grant to study issues surrounding the reliable processing of voting records, including paper ballots. Investigators on the project included George Nagy from RPI, Elisa Barney Smith from Boise State, Chris Borick from Muhlenberg, and Ziad Munson and myself from Lehigh. PERFECT is an acronym that stands for "Paper and Electronic Records For Elections: Cultivating Trust." Click here for the PERFECT project website.

For access to an important new collection of scanned ballot images from a real election, click here.

We have acquired examples of two full-face electronic voting systems manufactured by Danaher and Sequoia. These systems match those used in several PA counties, and were purchased from government surplus auctions on the web. For more information and media coverage, click below:
For other past news on the e-voting issue, click here.
Greg Lang from Biological Sciences and I will be leading a team of student researchers in a 2014 Biosystems Dynamics Summer Institute project. The topic of the project is "Identification of Driver Mutations in Experimental Evolution" and derives from Greg's ongoing reseaerch. The Lehigh BDSI is  funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

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