Worthy Martin received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas-Austin in 1981. He then joined the University of Virginia in 1982 where he currently serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Computer Science, and Co-Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, which explores and develops information technology as a tool for scholarly humanities research. He also served as advisor to the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage.
Martin’s primary research interest is dynamic scene analysis, i.e., computer vision in the context of time-varying imagery, as well as the fundamental concepts involved in machine perception systems composed of independent processes operating in distributed computing environments and cooperating to form interpretations of image sequences. Another major research topic involves methodologies for parallel probabilistic problem solving, including, formulations of genetic algorithms that are appropriate for implementation on multiprocessors. The applications are combinatorial optimization problems, e.g., VLSI floor planning and feature selection for signal classification. Other research interests include content-based retrieval from image data bases, and multi-source data fusion algorithms with emphasis on neural network implementations.