Baecker, Ron

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Baecker, Ron

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Prof. Ronald Baecker, a graduate of Applied Math at MIT (Ph.D. 1969), came to the University of Toronto in 1972 as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. He immediately became co-director of the joined Dynamic Graphic Project laboratory with Prof Leslie Mezei, a role he held through most of his career at the University of Toronto and as Professor Emeritus is still Director. He was appointed Associate Professor, cross appointed to electrical engineering in 1975 and Professor in 1989. In 1996 he was the founding director of the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) and remained active in this role off and on until 2009. From 2009-2018, he was the Director of the Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab (TAGlab) and remains Director Emeritus. He was also Bell Universities Laboratories Chair in Human-Computer Interaction from 2002-2011. He is a fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and has been recognized as one of the Top 60 Pioneers in Computer Graphics by ACM. In 2015 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Computer Science.


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