Our Faculty

D. Paul Benjamin

Professor
Director of Ph.D. program in Computer Science

Seidenberg School of CSIS

Computer Science NY

Location
  • @New York City
    163 William Street
Office Hours
New York City

(by appointment)

Biography


Dr. Benjamin earned his doctorate in computer science from NYU. He worked for six years in industry before entering academia. Currently, he is professor of computer science and founder and director of the Robotics Lab at Pace University in New York City.

Education


PhD , New York University , 1985
Computer Science

MS , New York University , 1982
Computer Science

BFA , Carnegie Mellon University , 1976
Music

MS , Carnegie Mellon University , 1975
Mathematics

BS , Carnegie Mellon University , 1973
Mathematics

Awards and Honors

  • NULL, - U.S. Patent 60/654,415 - System for Intrusion Detection and Vulnerability Assessment in a Computer Network using Simulation and Machine Learning
  • Pace University - CS NY, January 1, 2006 - Spring 2006 Course Release to write grant proposals
  • NULL, February 1, 2004 - U.S. Patent 6,691,132 - Semantic Encoding and Compression of Database Tables
  • New York University, September 1, 1983 - Graduate Research Assistant

Publications


Liang, Y., Shan, J., Benjamin, D. & Almajalid, R. (2019, May 19). Convolutional Neural Networks for Breast Ultrasound Image Segmentation.

Benjamin, D. P., Yue, H. & Lyons, D. Classification and Prediction of Human Behaviors by a Mobile Robot. Academic Journal.

, D. P., Lyons, D. & Yue, H. Progress in Building a Cognitive Vision System.

PRESENTATIONS


Benjamin, D. (2019, December 6). MID2019. Spatial Understanding as a Common Basis for Human-Robot Collaboration. Pace University, 163 William Street, New York

Benjamin, D. (2019, February 15). Rise of the Machines: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and the Reprogramming of Law. Ethics and the Design and Engineeringof Autonomous Robots. Fordham Law School, Fordham University

Benjamin, D. P. (2018, October 17). Predictive Vision for Human-Robot Collaboration. Fordham University, Bronx, NY

Benjamin, D. P. (2018, July). Fourth International Conference on Human Factors and Unmanned Systems. Using a Virtual World to Implement a Mental Model. Orlando, Florida

Benjamin, D. P. & , . (2017, July). Third International Conference on Human Factors and Unmanned Systems. Spatial Understanding as a Common Cognitive Basis for Human-Robot Collaboration. Los Angeles, CA

Benjamin, D. P. & , . (2016, July). Second International Conference on Human Factors and Unmanned Systems. Classification and Prediction of Human Behaviors By a Mobile Robot. Orlando, FL

Benjamin, D., Lyons, D. & Yue, H. (2016, April). SPIE Conference on Multisensor, Multisource Information Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms and Applications. Progress in Building a Cognitive Vision System for a Mobile Robot. Baltimore, MD

RESEARCH INTEREST


Robotics; Artificial Intelligence (Application of Artificial Intelligence to Networks); Cybersecurity; Data Mining; Application of semigroup theory to theory formulation

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Benjamin, D. (2019, September 1). A Humanoid Robot for Investigating Spatial Understanding in Human-Robot Collaboration .
Office of Naval Research , Federal , $187,444.00 . Funded,The Pace University Robotics Lab is developing a robotic architecture based on cognitive principles for autonomous robots that can safely interact and collaborate with people on a wide range of physical tasks. Central to our architecture is its mental model, which is a 3D virtual world that the architecture synchronizes with the environment in real time. This mental model represents changes in causation in the world and generates expectations about physical change in the world. A main scientific focus of this project is the development of the 3D virtual world and its use in planning, learning and communication in Human-Robot interaction.
This proposal is for funding to support the purchase of a humanoid robot platform. Currently, our robots are Pioneer 2 and 3 robots, which are sufficient for investigating basic issues in navigation, path planning, and perception. However, we are investigating how people and robots can collaborate on tasks that involve interacting with and manipulating the environment. This includes assembly tasks, as well as tasks involving robots and people moving together. Small Pioneer robots are inadequate for performing such tasks, due to their limited sensory capabilities, small size, and almost nonexistent ability to manipulate their environment.
The platform we have selected is the Pioneer Manipulator Research Platform. It's size and humanoid configuration make possible much more natural interaction with people, and its two Kinova Jaco2 manipulators enable it to perform physical tasks involving gripping and carrying. The sensory capabilities of the platform are superior to that of the basic Pioneer robots, and include laser range finding, gyroscope, sonar, and range cameras. In addition, the platform has speakers and a speech synthesizer.
The budget for this proposal also includes supporting computers, including a powerful workstation to serve as the base for the project and a laptop. This workstation has 56 cores and 256GB memory, plus a high-end graphics card with 1536 CUDAs. The laptop will add computing power to the robot's onboard computers.
The software used in our architecture includes a lot of open source code, including OpenCV, PhysX and Soar. All of the software produced by our project is open source; however, much of our analytical code is Mathematica and Matlab code, and the proposal budget includes upgrades to the licenses, especially obtaining a gridMathematica license to fully utilize the cores in the workstation.
The project will produce many large vision datasets, and will utilize a large library of recognized objects and their 3D mesh models. This requires significant storage space, which will be provided by a 40TB external drive.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Association for Artificial Intelligence
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Sigma Xi

COLLEGE SERVICE

  • Faculty Search Committee [Committee Member]
    Desc: help write position advertisements, review resumes, interview candidates
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: advertisements done and out, resumes coming in

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • Learning Sciences Program Development Committee [Committee Member]
    Desc: Contribute to developing the curriculum for a new interdisciplinary program in Learning Sciences.
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: Developed a good curriculum, but the program is on hold due to the university's financial state.
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