David Crandall earned his B.S. and M.S. in computer science and engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2001. After graduation, he continued his education at Cornell University where he earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Crandall began his teaching career at the Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics and Computing as an assistant professor in 2010. He was promoted to associate professor in 2016 and full professor in 2021. Crandall also became the co-director of the Grant Thornton Institute in 2020 and earned the additional honorary title of Luddy Professor of Computer Science in 2021.
Crandall’s main research interest is computer vision, the area of computer science that tries to design algorithms that can “see”. He is particularly interested in visual object recognition and scene understanding. He is also interested in other problems that involve analyzing and modeling large amounts of uncertain data, like mining data from the web and online social networking sites.
Throughout his professional career, Crandall has been recognized as a high-achieving researcher and educator through receiving several awards and honors, including receiving the Google Faculty Research Award in 2020 and being named a Grant Thornton Scholar in 2019. Crandall has also published several peer-reviewed journal articles and papers in notable publications.