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Richard Zanibbi


Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Office Hours
By appointment
Office Location
Office Mailing Address
Dept. Computer Science Rochester Institute of Technology 102 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5608

Richard Zanibbi


Department of Computer Science
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences


BMusic; BA (minor) in Computer Science; MS in Computer Science; Ph.D. in Computer Science, Queen's University (Canada)


I am a Professor of Computer Science at RIT.  I direct the Document and Pattern Recognition Lab (dprl) where we currently work on the MathSeer and MMLI (chemical informatics) projects. My research interests include pattern recognition and machine learning, with applications in document recognition and information retrieval.

I serve on Editorial Boards for the International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition (IJDAR) and Pattern Recognition. I was also general chair for the International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition (ICFHR 2018), a program co-chair for the IAPR Workshop on Graphics Recognition (GREC 2021), and will be a program chair for the upcoming International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition being held in San Jose (ICDAR 2023).


Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

1 - 6 Credits
Doctoral-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
0 Credits
This course is a cooperative education experience for graduate imaging science students.
3 Credits
An introduction to pattern classification and structural pattern recognition. Topics include Bayesian decision theory, evaluation, clustering, feature selection, classification methods (including linear classifiers, nearest-neighbor rules, support vector machines, and neural networks), classifier combination, and recognizing structures (e.g. using HMMs and SCFGs). Students will present current research papers and complete programming projects such as optical character recognizers. Offered every other year.
3 Credits
This course examines current topics in Artificial Intelligence. This is intended to allow faculty to pilot potential new undergraduate offerings. Specific course details (such as prerequisites, course seminar, format, learning outcomes, assessment methods, and resource needs) will be determined by the faculty member(s) who propose a specific seminar course in this area. Specific course instances will be identified as belonging to the Artificial Intelligence cluster, the Computer Graphics and Visualization cluster, the Security cluster, or some combination of these three clusters.

In the News

  • June 23, 2020

    screenshot of program that searches math formulas.

    RIT researchers create easy-to-use math-aware search interface

    Researchers at RIT have developed MathDeck, an online search interface that allows anyone to easily create, edit and lookup sophisticated math formulas on the computer. Created by an interdisciplinary team of more than a dozen faculty and students, MathDeck aims to make math notation interactive and easily shareable, and it's is free and open to the public.