dr. daniel l. lau

As a faculty member, I’ve had numerous opportunities to serve the University and the local community as well as the engineering community as a whole. As listed in my CV, I’ve served as program committee member for the SPIE Defense and Security Symposium’s Program on Space Technologies and Operations, Spaceborne Sensors in 2005, 2006, and 2007. I’ve also served as the Publications Co-Chair with the University of Delaware’s Charles Boncelet for the 2001 IEEE-EURASIP Workshop on Nonlinear Signal and Image Processing as well as a session chair for Digital Halftoning at that same conference. For the local community, I’ve sponsored high school students during their senior years, advising them through six week research projects. In 2009, I joined the ranks of IEEE’s Senior membership as well as received my Professional Engineering Certification on September 12, 2014. Of course, I’ve also served as reviewer for numerous journals related to halftoning, structured light, biometrics, and other signal processing topics for journals such IEEE TIP, JOSA A, and SPIE’s Electronic Imaging. I also served as conference paper reviewer for the 2004 SIGGRAPH conference.

Another opportunity that I’ve had to serve the engineering community is through my webinar series for
Vision Systems Design, a trade magazine for machine vision. I was originally invited by VSD to present a webinar on 3-D sensors for machine vision for their December 2009 scheduled event after they read an article on my research group’s real-time structured light system, which had appeared in Prosilica’s monthly newsletter the August prior. VSD webinars are approximately one hour in length and advertised approximately two months before the event. Webinars are then rebroadcast six months after the original. Given the success of the first presentation, I was invited to give an updated, second edition for their May 2011 event. A third edition was then delivered for the Oct. 2012 event. While the webinar’s are sponsored by various machine vision equipment manufacturers, I did not receive any compensation other than the thanks of the machine vision community. Each webinar had over 700 people subscribe while having anywhere from 70-100 people logged in during the live presentation.

Now perhaps my most significant service at the University of Kentucky was as an advisory board member for the University of Kentucky’s
Office of Multicultural and Academic Affairs (formerly the Office of Minority affairs) and which is now the Office for Institutional Diversity. I was invited to be member by Dr. Laurretta F. Byars, Associate Provost for Multicultural and Academic Affairs, after having worked with Dr. Byars developing a teaching plan for my NSF Career proposal as well as having served as Faculty Mentor to two students in the University’s Freshman Summer Program Research Experience program, a six week residential enrichment program designed to orient first year students to academic and student life at UK. At the time, the program was working to address the the issue of student retention for students in under represented groups. This collaboration with Dr. Byars also lead to the KY NSF EPSCOR Summer Research Program award to fund five students, recruited by the Office of Multicultural and Academic Affairs, to work in my lab for the summer of 2004.

Today, I am serving as the College of Engineering’s lone representative and the
Co-Chair for the University’s Learning Management System Review Committee to study the effectiveness of our current LMS, Blackboard, and to make a recommendation about what LMS should serve the University when the current contract expires after the 2015-16 academic year. The attached documents include the committee’s membership and its meeting minutes to date. Launching in October of 2013, the committee is expected to make its final recommendation in November of 2014, and in addition to a campus wide survey will include an open town-hall presentation as well as a formal presentation in front of the faculty senate. In closing, let me just note how important Blackboard has become to our campus as our classes continue to be moved to online formats. While the College of Engineering is perhaps slow to make the transition, Colleges such as Nursing are completely dependent on these services since most classes are now entirely online.
 
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