University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty Profile: Susan Hackwood

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Susan Hackwood

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Susan Hackwood

Ph.D. Solid State Ionics
DeMontfort University, UK, 1979

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering                                                           319 Winston Chung Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-5652
Facsimile: 951-827-2425
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Former Institutions: None


Professor Susan Hackwood is currently Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology. CCST is a non-profit corporation sponsored by the key academic institutions in the State. The Council operates as an independent 30-member assembly of corporate CEOs, academicians, scientists and scholars of the highest distinction. Modeled after the National Research Council, CCST is a unique State Institution that is governed by a 10 member Board of Directors composed of representatives of the sponsoring academic institutions.

She received a B.Sc. (with Honors) in 1976 in Combined Science and a Ph.D. in Solid State Ionics in 1979 from DeMontfort University, UK. In 1979 she received the Royal Society Ambassador of Science Award and was invited as Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley and Chalmers Institute of Technology. From 1980 to 1984, Dr. Hackwood was a member of the technical staff at AT&T, Bell Laboratories. From 1983 to 1984, Dr. Hackwood was Department Head of Device Robotics Technology Research. In 1985, she received the AT&T Bell Laboratories Award for Technology Transfer. In 1984, she joined the University of California, Santa Barbara as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. At UCSB, she was founder and Co-Director of the Center for Robotic Systems in Microelectronics.

In 1990, Dr. Hackwood became the founding Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. At Riverside, she has overseen the development of all research and teaching aspects of five degree programs. She is a Fellow of the IEEE. In 1993, Dr. Hackwood received a Doctorate in Engineering (Honoris Causa) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Doctorate of Science (Honoris Causa) from her Alma Mater, DeMontfort University, UK. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Applied Sciences at DeMontfort University.

Dr. Hackwood's current research interests include multimedia technologies, distributed asynchronous signal processing, cellular robot systems, computer vision, 3D modeling and image processing. In addition to over 100 technical publications and 7 patents, Dr. Hackwood is co-editor and co-founder of the Journal of Robotic Systems.

Dr. Hackwood is an active participant in regional and state economic partnerships. She was initiator of the California Manufacturing Extension Program, the Center for Environmental Research and Technology and the Consortium for Crime Control and Public Safety Technology. In 1996, Governor Wilson appointed her to the California Information Technology Commission. Dr. Hackwood was recently recognized and awarded the 1998 Inland Valley ATHENA Award for professional accomplishment, community service and mentorship of women.

Research Areas

Research currently conducted in; 1) Intelligent Systems, particularly those using Distributed Sensing, and Multimedia Controllers; 2) Robotics, related to Manufacturing, and the Robot-Human Interface. In the theoretical and analysis aspects of these areas, work has concentrated in the Determination of Multi-Media rules (from humans, using computers), Determination of relational distances and universal non-linear systems approximators where multimedia rules can be easily included.

Lab Results

An interesting new application area for this research has recently emerged. The application of intelligent systems research to crime control and public safety is just beginning to be of interest. The automation and robotization of public safety and law enforcement operations is being explored. This is a truly cross-disciplinary area, requiring knowledge of engineering, computer systems, sociology and psychology. Initial research is being conducted in Scene of Crime Reconstruction using an unbiased eyewitness automated system and LineUp generation using composite and synthetic data.

Selected Publications

  • Beni, G. and S. Hackwood. 1994. High Order strictly local swarms. Intl. Conf. Distributed Robotic and Automation Systems, Osaka, Japan, 1994.
  • Shugen, Ma., S. Hackwood, and G. Beni. 1994. Multi-agent supporting systems (MASS): control with centralized estimator of disturbance, pp. 679-686. IROS '94. Proc. IEEE/RSJ/GI Intl. Conf Intl. Robots and Systems (Advanced Robotic Systems and the Real World). Munich, Germany, September 12-16, 1994.
  • Hackwood, S. 1995. Fuzzy control and multimedia with examples from law enforcement, 2493:128-138. SPIE Proc. Int. Soc. Optical Eng., Orlando, FL, April 19-21, 1995.
  • Hackwood, S. 1996. Fuzzy tools for law enforcement, SPIE Proc. Intl. Soc. Optical Eng., Orlando, FL, April, 1996.

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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
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Electrical and Computer Engineering
Suite 343 Winston Chung Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521-0429

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