Stephen Lombardi, computer science Ph.D. candidate at Drexel University and TCNJ alum, is the recipient of the 2013 Jay Modi Award. He will be recognized for his academic accomplishments during the 5th Annual Jay Modi Memorial Lecture March 11, 2013 in Behrakis Grand Hall (3210 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia).
The Jay Modi Award is presented annually to a Computer Science Ph.D. student in recognition of academic excellence and the potential to become a leader in the field.
Lombardi joined Drexel University’s Department of Computer Science in 2009 after completing his bachelor’s degree at The College of New Jersey. Currently a fourth year Ph.D. candidate working with Dr. Ko Nishino, associate professor of computer science, in Drexel’s Vision and Graphics Laboratory. His research interests lie in the area of “physics-based vision,” which investigates the properties of materials, illumination, and shape that ultimately come together to produce an image in a photograph. Recently his work in this area was published in the European Conference on Computer Vision 2012, a top level computer vision conference, as an oral presentation. Following the conference, he began a two-month-long stay in Osaka, Japan working with members of Professor Yasushi Yagi’s laboratory to publish a collaborative paper.
Outside of his research, Steve built and currently maintains an educational computer game, Mathe Monkeys, for use in the classroom by teachers and students. He also enjoys playing guitar and listening to music. Learn more about Lombardi’s research and academic achievements here.