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Patrick J. Flynn

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Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn, Duda Family Professor of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, is the interim director of Notre Dame California, through which he is charged with developing the University’s presence on the West Coast.

In addition to his appointment in California, Flynn maintains an active research portfolio on campus at Notre Dame, where he has been a member of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) since 2001. He is a concurrent professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and an affiliated faculty member of the University’s Wireless Institute and its Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics initiative.

The Notre Dame Computer Vision Research Laboratory, which Flynn co-directs with CSE colleagues Kevin Bowyer and Walter Scheirer, continues to make far-reaching contributions to computer vision and biometrics. The lab’s work has been supported by a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In 2013, Flynn was part of the grand prize-winning team at the McCloskey Business Plan Competition hosted by Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. A co-founder of the resulting spinoff company, he serves as one of its scientific advisors as it works to commercialize its mobile technologies for detecting traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders.

Holding a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s and doctorate in computer science, all from Michigan State University, Flynn is a fellow of the IEEE, editor-in-chief of the IEEE Biometrics Compendium (the organization’s first virtual journal), and a winner of the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Achievement Award. He has also been named a fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition and a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery.