Prior to his academic career, Dr. Umbaugh worked as a computer design engineer and project manager in the avionics and telephony industries. He has been a computer imaging consultant since 1986 and has provided consulting services for the aerospace, medical and manufacturing industries with projects ranging from automatic identification of defects in microdisplay chips to analysis of thermographic images for clinical diagnosis of brain disease. He has performed research and development for projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and many private companies.
Dr. Umbaugh has served on editorial boards for a number of professional journals, in the fields of image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition and biomedical applications. He is also active as a reviewer for a variety of IEEE journals and has evaluated research monographs and textbooks in the imaging field. He written three previous editions of this book, authored numerous papers, and co-authored several book chapters.
Dr. Umbaugh received his BSE degree with honors from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1982, his MSEE in 1987, and his PhD in 1990 from the University of Missouri Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology), where he was a Chancellor's Fellow. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a member of Sigma Xi and the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). Dr. Umbaugh is also the primary developer of the CVIPtools software development environment used throughout the world.