Tolga Tasdizen has joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty as an assistant professor and is a Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) faculty member at the University of Utah’s Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute. Tasdizen’s research focuses on image processing, computer vision and pattern recognition in high-dimensional feature spaces. He currently leads an interdisciplinary research effort to build computational tools for reconstructing neural circuit diagrams from large numbers of high resolution electron microscopy images. Reconstruction of circuit diagrams are important in neuroscience research for understanding the anatomy and function of various neural systems. Tasdizen’s research group currently focuses on the retina which is a key component of the visual system. He also collaborates with researchers in the Center for Alzheimer’s Care Imaging and Research (CACIR) and the Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research (UCAIR) at the University of Utah. He plans to continue his work in the biological and clinical image analysis applications.

Tolga received his B.S. from Bogazici University in Electrical Engineering. He received his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Engineering from Brown University. He was a postdoctoral scientist with the Scientific Computing Imaging Institute from 2001 to 2004. Since 2004, he has been a research assistant professor with the School of Computing at the U of U.