Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial! Advertisement
David L. Waltz
Learn about sponsoring this memorial...
Birth: May 28, 1943
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 22, 2012
Princeton
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA

In Memoriam: David L. Waltz, CCLS Director

David L. Waltz, director of the Center for Computational Learning Systems (CCLS) at Columbia Engineering and prominent computer scientist, passed away March 22 at a hospital in Princeton, N.J. He was 68.

Waltz joined Columbia in 2003 as director of CCLS, an interdisciplinary research center established to focus on leading-edge machine learning and data mining research.

CCLS colleague Roger Anderson, a senior research scholar, said he is "terribly saddened for Dave's passing, and proud to have served under his vision, integrity and strength of leadership."

Waltz received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his thesis on computer vision originated the field of constraint propagation. According to the story, Early Warning for Seizures, in the Fall 2009 issue of Columbia Engineering Magazine, he is also well known as the originator, along with former colleague Craig Stanfill, of the memory-based reasoning branch of Case-Based Reasoning.

Prior to joining Columbia, Waltz was president of the NEC Research Institute in Princeton, and from 1984-1993 served as Director of Advanced Information Systems at Thinking Machines Corporation and a professor of computer science at Brandeis University. He had also been professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois (CSL and ECE Department) for 11 years. Waltz served as president of AAAI (American Association for Artificial Intelligence) from 1997-1999, and was a Fellow of AAAI and ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), a senior member of IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and former chairman of ACM SIGART (Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence).

Waltz served on several boards, including the Army Research Lab Technical Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, the Technical Advisory Board of 4C (Cork Constraint Computation Center, Ireland), and more recently on external advisory boards for Rutgers University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Brown University, and EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne). He was also on the Advisory Board for IEEE Intelligent Systems, the Computing Community Consortium Board of the CRA (Computing Research Association), and NSF Computer Science Advisory Board.
In Memoriam: David L. Waltz, CCLS Director

Below is an excerpt from The New York Times story:
During his career as a teacher and a technologist at start-up companies as well as large corporate laboratories, Dr. Waltz made fundamental contributions to computer science in areas ranging from computer vision to machine learning.

One signal achievement was the development of a basic technique that makes it possible for computers to render three-dimensional scenes accurately. As part of his Ph.D. dissertation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he developed an algorithm that could extract a rich three-dimensional understanding of a scene from two-dimensional line drawings with shadows.

The 3-D research was seminal in the fields of computer vision and artificial intelligence. Known as "constraint propagation," the technique is now used in industry for solving problems like route scheduling, package routing and construction scheduling.


David L. Waltz, director of the Center for Computational Learning Systems (CCLS) at Columbia Engineering and prominent computer scientist, passed away March 22 at a hospital in Princeton, N.J. He was 68.

Waltz joined Columbia in 2003 as director of CCLS, an interdisciplinary research center established to focus on leading-edge machine learning and data mining research.

CCLS colleague Roger Anderson, a senior research scholar, said he is "terribly saddened for Dave's passing, and proud to have served under his vision, integrity and strength of leadership."

Waltz received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his thesis on computer vision originated the field of constraint propagation. According to the story, Early Warning for Seizures, in the Fall 2009 issue of Columbia Engineering Magazine, he is also well known as the originator, along with former colleague Craig Stanfill, of the memory-based reasoning branch of Case-Based Reasoning.

Prior to joining Columbia, Waltz was president of the NEC Research Institute in Princeton, and from 1984-1993 served as Director of Advanced Information Systems at Thinking Machines Corporation and a professor of computer science at Brandeis University. He had also been professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois (CSL and ECE Department) for 11 years. Waltz served as president of AAAI (American Association for Artificial Intelligence) from 1997-1999, and was a Fellow of AAAI and ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), a senior member of IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers), and former chairman of ACM SIGART (Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence).

Waltz served on several boards, including the Army Research Lab Technical Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, the Technical Advisory Board of 4C (Cork Constraint Computation Center, Ireland), and more recently on external advisory boards for Rutgers University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Brown University, and EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne). He was also on the Advisory Board for IEEE Intelligent Systems, the Computing Community Consortium Board of the CRA (Computing Research Association), and NSF Computer Science Advisory Board.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Maynard Carleton Waltz (1916 - 2005)
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: K
Record added: Apr 02, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87976262
David L. Waltz
Added by: Jeremy Waltz
 
David L. Waltz
Added by: K
 
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

 
 
 Advertisement

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service