(February 19, 1931 - February 22, 2004) was an American Research
Professor, a Distinguished University Professor, and Director of the
Center for Automation Research at the University of Maryland in
College Park, Maryland, where he also held affiliate professorships in
the Departments of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and
Psychology. He held a Ph.D. in mathematics from Columbia University
(1957), rabbinic ordination (1952) and a Doctor of Hebrew Literature
degree (1955) from Yeshiva University, and honorary Doctor of
Technology degrees from Linkoping University, Sweden (1980) and Oulu
University, Finland (1994), an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
degree from Yeshiva University (2000), and an honorary degree from the
Technion (posthumously in 2004). He was a Fellow of the Association
for Computing Machinery (1994).
Professor Rosenfeld was widely regarded as a leading researcher in the
world in the field of computer image analysis. Over a period of nearly
40 years he made many fundamental and pioneering contributions to
nearly every area of that field. He wrote the first textbook in the
field (1969); was founding editor of its first journal (1972); and was
co-chairman of its first international conference (1987). He published
over 30 books and over 600 book chapters and journal articles, and
directed nearly 60 Ph.D. dissertations.
Professor Rosenfeldís research on digital image analysis (specifically
on digital geometry and digital topology, and on the accurate
measurement of statistical features of digital images) in the 1960ís
and 1970ís formed the foundation for a generation of industrial vision
inspection systems that have found widespread applications from the
automotive to the electronics industry.
Professor Rosenfeld was a ba'al koreh (Torah Reader) at Young Israel
Shomrai Emunah of Greater Washington for many years until he moved to
Baltimore in 2001.
In honor of the memory of Professor Rosenfeld, ICCV gives the biennial
Azriel Rosenfeld award to a living person in the recognition of an
outstanding life-time contribution to the field of image understanding
or computer vision. The first Azriel Rosenfeld Award was presented in
2007 at the ICCV in Rio, to Takeo Kanade.