Dr. Robert PLESS, PHD.

Dr. Robert PLESS, PHD.

Patrick and Donna Martin Endowed Professor and Chair of Computer Science, George Washington University

George Washington University
Robert is an endowed Professor and Chair of Computer Science and George Washington University. He has a research focus on Machine Learning and Computer Vision, and has published over 135 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications, with a focus on perception, virtual reality, machine learning, and applications of these technologies in medicine, defense, robotics and social justice. He is a vocal advocate for the development of transparent and explainable machine learning system. One current project is a large scale NIJ grant to support Traffickcam --- a project that integrates crowd-source volunteers and novel, global scale image search to recognize the hotel where a picture was taken, in order to support large scale investigations of sex trafficking.

Robert Pless has a BS in Computer Science from Cornell University and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. From 2000 to 2016 he was on the Computer Science Faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2017 he moved to GWU to become Chair of Computer Science. He does fundamental research in algorithms for robotic perception and machine learning, and has led projects in these areas funded by NSF, ONR, AFOSR, DARPA, I/ARPA, ARPA-E, NIJ, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Adobe, and the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph.

Dr. Pless was born in Baltimore Maryland and currently lives in Glover Park with his daughter, Margot.