Computer Science Department
Dragutin Petkovic
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Current Duties

Chair of CS Department at San Francisco State University -
Director, SFSU Center for Computing for Life Sciences -

Current Teaching

Practical and Global Software Engineering - (link)


Dragutin Petkovic
San Francisco State University
Thornton Hall 906
(415) 338-1008

Professional Interests & Passions

  • Creation and management of research and academic organizations
  • Collaborative and multidisciplinary projects
  • Making SFSU CS Department and Center for Computing for Life Sciences the best in their class
  • Motivating people (faculty, students, and colleagues) to be the best they can
  • Helping those who were not given the best opportunities in life to excel professionally and personally
  • Multimedia and visual data management
  • Usability and ease of use of all things

Short Bio

Dr. D. Petkovic obtained his Ph.D. at UC Irvine, in the area of biomedical image processing. He spent over 15 years at IBM Almaden Research Center as a scientist and in various management roles. His contributions ranged from use of computer vision for inspection, to multimedia databases and digital libraries. He is the founder of IBM's well-known QBIC (query by image content) project, which significantly influenced the content-based retrieval field. Dr. Petkovic received numerous IBM awards for his work and became an IEEE Fellow for leadership in the content-based retrieval area. Dr. Petkovic also managed and participated in several other projects while in IBM, among them User Ergonomics Research (involved in IBM's TrackPoint pointing device), and Foundations of Massively Parallel Computing.

In the last few years, Dr. Petkovic had various technical management roles in Silicon Valley startups, the latest (VMware) involving virtual computing on Intel Platform. Some of the products Dr. Petkovic helped build won numerous awards and are widely used. He has also taught at Santa Clara University. Currently, Dr. Petkovic is the Chair of the Department of Computer Science at San Francisco State University and Director of the Center for Computing for Life Sciences which he founded in 2005.


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