Associate Professor of Computer Science
Areas Of Interest
Computer vision, human vision, robotics, genetic algorithms, image databases, and artificial intelligence
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 as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988. He has directed several Ph.D. theses, and is the author or co-author of 55 papers. 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.
- An Empirical Investigation of the Scalability of a Multiple Viewpoint CBIR System, James C. French, Xiangyu Jin, and W. N. Martin, Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Image and Video Retrieval (CIVR 2004), Dublin, Ireland, July 2004
- Multiple Viewpoints as an Approach to Digital Library Interfaces, James C. French, A. C. Chapin, and Worthy N. Martin, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Volume 55, Issue 10, pp. 911-922.
- The Effective Field of View Paradigm: Adding Representation to a Reactive System, F. Z. Brill, G. S. Wasson, G. J. Ferrer and W. N. Martin, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Volume 11, Special Issue on Machine Vision for Intelligent Vehicles and Autonomous Robots, 1998, pp. 189-201.
- Island (Migration) Models: Evolutionary Algorithms Based on Punctuated Equilibria, W. N. Martin, J. Lienig and J. P. Cohoon, in Handbook of Evolutionary Computation, Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. C6.3:1-C6.3:16.
- System for Indexing Multi-spectral Satellite Images for Efficient Content Based Retrieval, Barros, J. E., J. C. French and W. N. Martin, Proc. SPIE, Vol. 2420, Storage and Retrieval for Image and Video Databases III, Wayne Niblack and Ramesh C. Jain, editors, 1995, pp. 228--237.