The Computer Science Department’s annual keynote lecture has been named for George Bekey, the roboticist known for the extraordinary versatility and exceptional quality of his work during his long career at the Viterbi School.
Bekey is the 2005 winner of the IEEE Technical Field Award in Robotics and Automation, the highest technical award in its area. He was one of the founders of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the first editor of its Transactions.
Bekey was the chair of electrical engineering/systems at USC when the department was first formed, and a former chair of the computer science department. He was also instrumental in the founding of the Viterbi School’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.