Saeid Belkasim is an Associate Professor in Computer Science. His research examines pattern recognition and digital image processing, with a specific focus on shape retrieval from large databases. He has published more than eighty refereed journal and conference papers that have received more than 1900 citations. These papers cover many aspects of research dealing with image segmentation, image enhancement, image description, biological image processing, and embedded system design. The National Institute of Health has funded Dr. Belkasim’s research projects.
Louis-Alexandre Berg is an Assistant Professor in the Global Studies and Political Science. His research examines the causes and consequences violent conflict and crime in developing countries, as well as the impact of foreign aid on state formation. His current book project, entitled Security after War: Intervention and the Politics of State Building examines efforts to restructure police and military forces in war-torn countries, based on field work in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Timor Leste. He has published research on urban violence and organized crime in Latin America and West Africa, and on the development of the rule of law and justice system institutions. Dr. Berg was previously a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Jennings-Randolph Peace Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a Presidential Management Fellow. He has served as an adviser to the World Bank, USAID, the U.S. State Department and the UN Development Program.
Jelena Subotic is a Professor in the Department of Political Science. She is the author of Hijacked Justice: Dealing with the Past in the Balkans (Cornell University Press, 2009), which examined ways in which political elites in the Western Balkans used institutions of post-conflict justice for local political purposes in the aftermath of the Yugoslav wars. Dr. Subotic’s research has appeared in a number of academic and public policy journals, including International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Peace Research, and Foreign Policy Analysis. She has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, USAID and others. Dr. Subotic is a frequent commentator on war crimes and the politics of the Balkans for CNN, BBC, and other international outlets. Her new book, Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism is forthcoming from Cornell University Press in 2019. It addresses how Eastern countries pursued new strategies of Holocaust remembrance after the collapse of Communism.