Laboratory for Engineering Man/Machine Systems
Mission Statement – August 2009
Harvey Silverman (Director)
Benjamin Kimia (Associate Director)
R. Iris Bahar
The Laboratory for Engineering Man/Machine Systems (LEMS) was founded in 1981 by Professors Harvey Silverman, David Cooper, Allan Pearson and William Wolovich to add some synergy and a common facility to the existing research areas of speech and vision research and automatic controls. LEMS grew throughout the 1980’s to about 25 graduate students, 10-20 undergraduate independent studies and Honors’ students, three staff persons and the donated time of Roy Bonner who was key to bringing in the support of as many as ten industrial partners, with whom faculty, staff and students interacted on a daily basis. In this period, a common computational facility was developed which supports all research.
After celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2006, LEMS is still strong and growing. Now with nine faculty, two faculty emeritus and over 30 graduate students and a facility that was completely redone in 2005, LEMS is currently supported principally by one industrial affiliate – Analog Devices – as well as some income from private donors. The common computational facility was recently upgraded and the research has changed somewhat. It is now concentrated in the areas of computer engineering; computer architecture, nanotechnology applications, VLSI testing paradigms, a strong focus on computer vision and interdisciplinary applications, speech processing, microphone-array signal processing, embedded systems and acoustics.