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Franz Kurfess

ORG California Polytechnic State University-SLO Title Associate Professor, Computer Science Department BIO Franz Kurfess is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California. Cal Poly has a task force of Internet2 champions, one for each college, to explore and promote the use of Internet2. As the champion for the College of Engineering, Franz is trying to get faculty, students, and staff to make use of the technologies available through Internet2 networks. During the spring 2003 semester, Kurfess taught CPE/CSC 490: Selected Advanced Topics Internet2. In his CSC 490 course, Kurfess and his students explored such Internet2 advanced applications videoconferencing, video streaming, tele-collaboration, and tele-immersion. Several Internet2 staff members including Douglas Van Houweling, Internet2 President and CEO, made presentations to the class via videoconferencing. Kurfess obtained his doctorate from the Technical University of Munich, Germany and joined the faculty at Cal Poly in 2000. His main teaching and research activities are in the areas of artificial intelligence and neural networks, in particular methods and tools for the organization and management of knowledge.