Duda Family Professor of Engineering
Patrick Flynn is the department chair of Computer Science and Engineering, and he co-directs Notre Dame’s Computer Vision Research Laboratory and its pioneering program of biometrics research. Since 2001, Dr. Flynn and his group have made high-impact contributions to face recognition, iris recognition, and novel biometrics including facial thermography and hand morphology. The group’s work has been supported by a variety of government and industrial sources including NSF, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NIST, DHS, FBI, and IARPA.
Dr. Flynn also conducts research in mobile and embedded computing and systems, with a special interest in mobile, cloud-connected sensors with applications in chemical testing, concussion detection, and biometrics. He was a mentor for an R&D team devoted to mobile applications for concussion detection using speech signals that won Notre Dame’s McCloskey Business Plan competition in 2013. He has an advisory role in Contect, Inc., which spun off from that project. He has also been a co-founder of three IT startups.
Dr. Flynn was elected Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition in 2006, and elevated to Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2012. He is also a Distinguished Scientist member of the Association for Computing Machinery. He has received outstanding teaching awards from Washington State University and the University of Notre Dame, and was named a Faculty Fellow of the John Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning in 2004. He is currently a lecturer in Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Lecture Series.
The Duda Family Professorship was endowed by Notre Dame Trustee and parent Fritz L. Duda. He and his wife, Mary Lee, have established professorships in each of Notre Dame’s colleges and schools.