"Life is too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
Present Professional Positions:
Name: Godfried Theodore Toussaint
Date of birth: July 31, 1944
Place of birth: Tremeloo
(near Mechelen), Brabant,
Citizenship: Canadian, British, Belgian
Languages spoken and written: English, Spanish, French
Languages largely forgotten: Portuguese, Indonesian,
Flemish (mother tongue)
of Computer Science, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, since
Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology,
Schulich School of Music, McGill University, since February 2005.
Main Past Professional Positions:
Editor, Computational Geometry: Theory and Applications
Associate Editor, International Journal of Computational
Geometry and Applications
Editorial Board Member, Revista Investigacion Operacional
Advisory Board Member, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis
and Machine Intelligence
Conferences and Workshops Founded
Editor, Discrete and Computational Geometry
Associate Editor, Pattern Recognition
Editorial Board Member, The Visual Computer
Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis
and Machine Intelligence
Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Co-Founder (with David Dobkin,
Joseph O'Rourke and Franco Preparata), ACM Annual
Symposium on Computational Geometry. The
first symposium was held in Baltimore, 5-7, June 1985.
Co-Founder (with David Avis),
Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry.
the first and tenth
conferences at McGill University in Montreal in August 1989 and August
Founder and Organiser, Annual
Bellairs Winter Workshop on Computational Geometry. The first
workshop was held at Bellairs Research Institute of McGill University in
Barbados, February 1986.
Co-Founder (with Antonio Mesa)
Workshop on Algorithms and Data Structures, The first
workshop was held at Universidad de La Habana, Cuba, May 2001, the second
was held in the same place in April 2003, and the third
in April 2004.
Co-Founder (with Francisco Gomez)
Workshop on Computational Music Theory, The first
workshop was held at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Escuela Universitaria
de Informatica, Madrid, Spain, July 2003. The second
was held at the same location in June 2004. The third
was held at the same location June 13-17 2005. The fourth is scheduled
for July 24-28, 2006.
Pioneer of Computing in Canada.
bestowed at CASCON Banquet in Toronto, October 19, 2005. See list
of all pioneers. See group
David Thomson Award for
excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching at McGill University, June
8, 2001. Photo
and quotation in the McGill Reporter. Award citation
at the Faculty of Science Convocation
on the morning of June 8, 2001. Plaque presentation at the Faculty
of Graduate Studies Council meeting on the afternoon of June 8, 2001.
Distinguished Service Award
for "outstanding contribution to research and education in Computational
May 1996, Award ceremony at banquet of Vision Interface `96 in Toronto.
Vice-Chancellor's Research Best-Practice
Fellowship, October 1995, University of Newcastle, Australia,
Editorial Service Award,
Pattern Recognition Society, 1993.
ASI Fellowship from the
B.C. Advanced Systems Institute (1988).
Senior Research Fellowship
the Canada Council
the Arts (1985-87)
Outstanding Paper Certificate
awarded in 1980 by the Pattern Recognition Society for the manuscript:
G.T. Toussaint, "The relative neighborhood graph of a finite planar set,"
Recognition, Vol. 12, 1980, pp. 261-268.
Best-Paper-of-the-Year Award from
the Pattern Recognition Society for the manuscript: G.T.Toussaint,"
The use of context in pattern recognition," Pattern Recognition, Vol.
10, 1978, pp. 189-204.
in Honorary Societies:
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University
of British Columbia, 1972. Thesis: Feature
Evaluation Criteria and Contextual Decoding Algorithms in Statistical Pattern
Recognition. Supervisor: Robert
W. Donaldson, External Examiner:
M.A.Sc., Electrical Engineering, University
of British Columbia, Vancouver, B. C., 1970. Thesis: Machine
Recognition of Independent and Contextually Constrained Contour-Traced
Handprinted Characters. Supervisor: Robert W. Donaldson.
B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, University
of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A.,1968. Senior Thesis: Threshold
Logic Network Synthesis. Supervisor: Harold Smith.
Papers in Refereed Journals: 155
Papers in Conference Proceedings: 156
Book Chapters and Other Publications: 17
Total Publications: 328
Unpublished Papers, Posters and Tutorials: 82
Total Invited Lectures: 228
of Godfried Toussaint