Kagan's Brief Bio
Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CoRIS) Institute.
Professor, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Oregon State University
Phone: (541) 737-9899
Fax: (541) 737-2600
Office: 314, Graf Hall
Mailing address: 204 Rogers Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-6001
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- From July 1997 to September 2006 I was a senior research scientist in the
Intelligent Systems Division,
NASA Ames Research Center, where I led a group in Learning and Control in Complex systems and managed a project in Complex Systems Research.
- During the 1996-97 academic year I was a research associate in the
Electrical and Computer Engineering,
at The University of Texas,
and a visiting professor in the Electrical engineering Division at the University of Texas, San Antonio.
- I am a Senior member of IEEE, and a lifetime member of AAAI.
- I hold one patent: Spectroscopic detection of cervical pre-cancer using radial basis function networks. US patent no. 6,135,965 (Oct. 2000).
Inventors: K. Tumer, N. Ramanujam, R. Richards-Kortum and J. Ghosh.
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- You can also find me on
Here are some activities that I don't get to do nearly as often as I'd like:
I hold the rank of "third kyu" from
Suginami Aikikai, San Francisco.
- Sailing: I sail on
San Francisco Bay, one of the most challenging and fun places to sail. I am also exploring the Pacific northwest sailing grounds such as
the San Juan Islands,
Portland. For warm water sailing, it's hard to beat the Caribbean. Two recent places I sailed are the
- Soccer: I play and watch soccer, mostly the English Premier League, The UEFA champions league, and of course the World Cup and European Championships every four years.
Here is a slightly more soccer-centric view of my bio:
- The graduate robotics program at OSU was approved the year Germany won its fourth world cup.
- I became a full Professor the year Spain won its first world cup.
- I arrived at Oregon State University a few months after Italy won its fourth world cup.
- I started working at NASA the year before France won its first world cup, and while I was there, Brasil won its fifth and Italy its fourth.
- I received my PhD from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Texas the year Germany won its third European Championship in the only major international final decided by a golden goal.