Ruzena Bajcsy Lectures on Communications

Ruzena Bajcsy is a role model for female scientists: her love of engineering and her zeal to thrive in a field that to this day is underrepresented by women is exemplary. Celebrating Bajcsy, the SFB MAKI brings lead-ing female scientists to TU Darmstadt.

About Ruzena Bajcsy

Ruzena Bajcsy was born in 1933 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, where she grew up and finished gymnasium in 1952. Inspired by her father’s and stepmother‘s technical professions as well as by the strong interests in mathematics, she enrolled at Slovak Technical University as a student of electrical engineering. In 1957, she obtained her master’s degree. Ten years later, she defended her PhD thesis and became one of the first females in Slovakia with a doctoral degree in electrical engineering.

Driven by the opportunity to work at Stanford University, USA, for one year, she moved to California. Inspired by the emerging field of computer science, she decided to stay at Stanford and seize the opportunity for a doctoral degree in computer science in 1972. After her time at Stanford, Ruzena Bajcsy became one of the first female Assistant Professors at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Computer and Information Science. As time passed, she began to build and establish her own laboratory for image processing. In 1978, she founded the General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception Laboratory (GRASP), where she served as a director for several years.

After 30 successful years at the University of Pennsylvania, she moved to Berkeley and became the Director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). Since 2004 she has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ruzena Bajcsy represents a role model for female researchers and scientists as a pioneer and one of the first women researchers in the area of electrical engineering and computer sciences. During her career, she has written more than 250 articles, which were presented at various international conferences and published in many journals and books. She is a fellow of the ACM and IEEE and has received many honors and awards such as the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Computer and Cognitive Sciences in 2008 and the Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award in 2009.