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Computer science educator

Ruzena Kucerova Bajcsy, Slovak, American computer science educator. Named one of 50 Most Important Women in Science, Discover Magazine, 2002; recipient Computing Research Associates Distinguished Service award, 2003, Benjamin Franklin medal in Computers and Cognitive Science, Franklin Institute, 2009.


Bajcsy, Ruzena Kucerova was born on May 28, 1933 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. Came to the United States, 1968. Daughter of Felix and Marguita (Weisz) Kucerova.


Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering, Slovak Technology University, Bratislava, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science, Stanford University, 1972.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2001.


Instructor and assistant professor, department mathematics and computer science Slovak Technology University, Bratislava, 1967-1968. Research scientist artificial intelligence laboratory Stanford University, California, 1968-1972. Professor computer science University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1972—2001, chair computer and information science department, 1985-1990, founder, Grasp Laboratory(General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception Lab), 1978, director Grasp Laboratory(General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception Lab), 1985—2001.

Assistant director, head National Science Foundation CISE directorate Computer Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE), Washington, 1998—2001. Director Center Information Technology Research in Interest of Society (CITRIS) University California, Berkeley, 2001—2005, director-emeritus Center Information Technology Research in Interest of Society (CITRIS), since 2004, professor electrical engineering and computer science, since 2001. Visiting scientist Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique, France, 1979.

Visiting professor University Copenhagen, Denmark, 1984, 1988, University Pisa, Italy, 1988. Forsythe lecturer Stanford University, 1989. President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), 2003-2005.

Review panel chair, Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, 2005. Member visiting committee on advanced technology, National Institute Standards and Technology, since 2008. Consultant in field.


  • Other Work

    • Editor periodicals including Computer Vision. Contributor several articles to professional journals. Contributor chapters to books.

      Served on several editorial boards.


Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Association Computing Machinery (Allen Newell award, 2001, Distinguished Service award, 2004), American Association for Artificial Intelligence, American Academy Arts & Sciences. Member National Academy of Engineering, Institute Medicine National Academy of Sciences.


Married Sherman Frankel.

Felix Kucerova

Marguita (Weisz) Kucerova

Sherman Frankel.