On April 19, 2007, Michael Black, Professor of Computer Science, and his class, CS296-4 Topics in Computer Vision, received commendations from the Henrico County Division of Police, Henrico County Virginia, for their work on analyzing and enhancing surveillance video of a homicide crime scene. The class spent the spring of 2006 developing new computer vision algorithms to analyze video sequences from the unsolved case. In the process they developed new methods for calibrating cameras and removing noise from video sequences. Their efforts provided investigators with new evidence including the height of the suspect and the wheelbase, make, model and year of the suspect's vehicle. Certificates of Commendation were awarded to the entire class by Henrico County Police Chief Henry W. Stanley at the division's Spring Awards Ceremony.
The Certificate of Commendation is presented to public safety employees or civilians for acts or deeds of commendable service, which occur over an extended period of time, in support of the overall mission of the Division of Police, or any act or deed by another public safety employee or citizen who responds to a police officer who is in need or confronted with a crisis which may not have been resolved without their assistance.
The following students received the Certificate of Commendation:
Alexandru Balan, Marc ten Bosch, Daniel Crispell, Ethan Leland, Matthew Leotta, Matthew Loper, Teodor Mihai Moldovan, Mark Moseley, Eric Rachlin, Ethan Schreiber, Theresa Vu, Matthew Wronka, Pawel Wrotek, Peter Yee