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Ernest Lenard Hall

Ernest L. (Ernie) Hall  is the Paul E. Geier Professor of Robotics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati and Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He has also held joint appointments with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science and collaborates with many faculty and students  in the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine, the College of Education, the College of Applied Science and the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning and local and national and international civic groups including the First Lego League, the Ohio Academy of Science and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.



CareerMemberships, Patents and Some Publications

Hall received his BSEE, 1965 and MSEE, 1966 from the University of Missouri in Columbia http://www.missouri.edu/ under the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP)[2] sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps. He completed both degrees in four years. He then attended OCS and joined the First Marine Air Wing as a radar officer. A personal tragedy ended his military career. [3]He returned to MU in 1968 and received his PhD in 1971 in Bioengineering. His dissertation, Digital Filtering of Images, Ref 103 [4] extended the concepts of digital signal processing such as recursive filtering from signal processing to the enhancement of two dimensional images and other applications of image measurements in radiology. He then joined the Radiology Department at Yale University [5] at the invitation of Dr. Robert Schultz [6]http://medicine.yale.edu/ and also taught in the Department of Computer Science[7] at the invitation of Professors Peter Weiner and Henry Stark. His primary focus was in diagnostic radiology such as the automated diagnosis of coal workers pneumoconiosis but he also became aware of the new field of computed tomography. In 1973 he then joined the Image Processing Institute at the University of Southern California that had been recently formed by a major ARPA grant to develop computer imaging technologies. Dr. William Pratt assembled a team of more than a dozen Ph.D’s and made image processing a major field of study. The Institute is still very active. [8] He then joined the University of Tennessee at the invitation of Professors Raphel Gonzalez and Joseph Googe and helped establish the Image and Pattern Ananysis Laboratory. He also consulted with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and became interested in their effort to make useful robots for some of the dangerous tasks encountered by the Department of Energy and Department of Defense and NASA.He noticed the importance of combining image processing algorithms with manipulators and controller to build intelligent robots. He has co-chaired an annual conference on Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision for the part 25 years to provide a forum for new innovations in this field.

He was invited to the University of Cincinnati by Professors Ronald Huston and Ivan Morse to be the first Paul. E. Geier Professor of Robotics. The chair was established by the founders of Cincinnati Milacron who had established and Industrial Robot Division. He established the Center for Robotics Research [9] which is still active and encourages many other robotics activities in industry, medicine and defense and even with home applications like the robot lawn mower. See www.robotics.uc.edu


Life Fellow of the IEEE[13] Fellow of SME [14] Fellow of SPIE[15] Fellow of the Ohio Academy of Science[16] Registered Professional Engineer, Missouri, California, Tennessee, Ohio[17] Certified Manufacturing Engineer 1988[18] American Society for Mechanical Engineers[ http://www.asme.org/ ] Institute of Industrial Engineers[19] Sigma Xi [20] Tau Beta Pi[21] Pi Mu Eplison [22] Eta Kappa Nu [23].


PATENTS E. L. Hall and M. Ehtashami, "Omnidirectional Vision System for Mobile Robots," U.S. Patent No. 4,670,648, 1987.

 S. A. Burke, Z. L. Cao, and E. L. Hall, "Guiding an Unmanned Vehicle by Reference to Overhead Features," US Patent 5,155,684, Oct. 13, 1992.

 A. K. Mazouz, G. D. Slutzky, E. L. Hall, R. L. Huston, and R. L. Shell, "Method and Apparatus for Palletizing Randomly Arriving Mixed Size and Content Parcels," U.S. Patent No. 5,175,692 Dec. 29, 1992.


R. L. Shell and E.L. Hall, Handbook of Industrial Automation, Marcel Dekker, August 2000.

Four Chapters in the Handbook of Industrial Automation, Marcel Dekker, 2000.

Four papers included in Selected SPIE Papers on CD-ROM, Firooz Sadjadi, Editor, Automatic Target Recognition, Vol. 6, 1999.

E. L. Hall and B. C. Hall, Robotics: A User Friendly Introduction, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1985.

E. L. Hall, Computer Image Processing and Recognition, New York: Academic Press, 1979.

E. L. Hall, "Fundamental Principles of Robot Vision," Handbook of Pattern Recognition and Image Processing, Academic Press, New York, 1994, pp. 543-575.

E. L. Hall, "Algorithms and Architectures for Machine Vision," in Progress in Material Handling and Logistics," J. A. White and I. W. Pence, Eds., Springer-Verlag, New York, 1989, pp. 59-74 (with J. J. Roning).

E. L. Hall, "Vision Sensing Techniques," in Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, E. Heer and H. Lum, Eds., AIAA, 1989.

E.L. Hall,  "Three Dimensional Robot Vision Techniques," Chapter IX, Recent Advances in Robotics, G. Bene and S. Hackwood, Eds. New York: Wiley, 1985, pp. 263-312 (with C. A. McPherson). Other contributions shown at www.ernesthall.com

Honors and Awards

Master Educator Award 2007 College of Engineering

Made in Express Contest Winner 2006

Fellow Award from the Ohio Academy of Science 2005

Diversity in Teaching Award University of Cincinnati 2004

Dean’s Award for Innovation in Teaching from the College of Engineering in 2003

Scientists and Engineers of Cincinnati Academic Award in 2003 SME Eugene Merchant Textbook award of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2002 for the Handbook of Industrial Automation published by Marcel Dekker (with Richard Shell)

SME Fellow Award 1998

SME MVA Certification by Stature Award 1988

SPIE Fellow Award 1986

IEEE Fellow Award 1985

IEEE Centennial Medal 1984

Brooks Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Distinction in Engineering Practice, University of Tennessee, 1982

IBM Professor and Member of Engineering Academy, 1982 Tennessee Tomorrow Award, University of Tennessee, 1980 Strathmore’s Who’s Who Who's Who in America

Who's Who in Technology Today

American Men and Women of Science

Who's Who in the South and Southeast

Dictionary of Leading Americans, 2000 Edition

Also see www.robotics.uc.edu