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Frederick (Fred) Mintzer
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


Since 2005, Fred Mintzer has been the Program Director for IBM's Blue Gene Watson supercomputer facility and the Associate Director of the Deep Computing Institute. His research interests span supercomputing systems, signal processing, image processing, the role of signal processing in high-performance computing, digital libraries, and multimedia security.

Dr. Mintzer received the PhD degree in EECS from Princeton University and joined IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center shortly thereafter. His thesis research was on multirate digital signal processing. Early in his IBM career, he did research on digital signal processing algorithms, applications and architectures. His research on novel digital filtering structures led to the first print publication on perfect-reconstruction filter banks. His early research also produced publications on a pioneering signal processor architecture called the Research Signal Processor.

Later, he worked on fast methods for the manipulation of binary images, including methods for anti-aliasing, reduction, enlargement, and rotation. Much of this was done to support early efforts to integrate images and computers. Many of the methods appeared in early IBM image offerings, including the Image View Facility.

Beginning in the mid 1980s, Dr. Mintzer led a team at IBM's Watson Research Center that developed the image technologies needed to support image database systems. During this period, their focus was on image quality and image security as they developed image capture, image workflow, and color management solutions. The technologies developed were validated in a number of projects with cultural institutions that included the staff of artist Andrew Wyeth, the Vatican Library, the (US) National Gallery of Art, Russia's State Hermitage Museum and the EternalEgypt partners. These projects pioneered image databases, color management, web imaging, visible and invisible image watermarking. They produced some of the best image collections on the web. Both the Hermitage web site (hermitagemuseum.org) and the EternalEgypt web site (eternalegypt.org) won numerous awards including "Best of the Web" awards.

Also in that era, his team developed new technologies for printing that also focused on image quality and image security. In addition, they sought, created, and developed new applications for document watermarking.

In 2001, Dr. Mintzer became the Senior Manager of the Visual Technologies Department, which developed the technologies needed to address a variety of challenging visualization, 3D graphics and digital imaging problems. Among it's accomplishments were development of the capture portions of the EternalEgypt web site, and the development of a distributed visualization system - Deep Computing Visualization. His department also continued earlier research on invisible watermarking, print security, and the application of image watermarking to print security.

Dr. Mintzer is the author or co-author of more than fifty technical papers. He is inventor or co-inventor on over twenty-five patents and has served two terms as an IBM Research Master Inventor. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. In 2004-05, he was the President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and in 2008-09 he was the IEEE Division IX Director and a member of the IEEE Board of Directors. In 2000, he was awarded an IEEE Third Millennium medal. In 2009, he was awarded the IEEE Signal Processing Society's Meritorious Service Award. He was the 2012 Vice President of IEEE Technical Activities.