Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Frederick C. Mintzer
Graduate Student
Graduation Year: 
Thesis Title: 
Narrowband Digital Signal Processing
Bede Liu
Current Employer: 
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Fred Mintzer is the Program Director for IBM's Blue Gene Watson facility, the world's third most powerful computer, and the Associate Director of IBM's Deep Computing Institute. His research interests include supercomputing, signal processing, data visualization, multimedia security - and their interrelationships.
Although he has been with IBM's Watson Research Center since receiving his Ph.D., his research areas have changed many times. While at Princeton, he did research on fast algorithms for narrowband signal processing. Early in his IBM career, he did research on digital signal processing algorithms, applications and architectures. Later, he worked on methods of processing images to prepare them for display or print and the information architectures that supported these operations.
Beginning in the mid 1980s, he led a team at IBM's Watson Research Center that developed the image technologies needed to support image database systems. They validated those technologies in a number of noteworthy projects with cultural institutions that included the staff of artist Andrew Wyeth, the Vatican Library, the (US) National Gallery of Art, Russia's State Hermitage Museum ( and the Egyptian Government ( These projects pioneered image databases, color management, web imaging, and visible and invisible image watermarking. They produced some of the best image collections on the web. Both the Hermitage and EternalEgypt web sites have won many awards, including "best of the web."
Fred Mintzer is the author of more than fifty technical papers and inventor on more than twenty-five patents. He has received numerous IBM Patent Achievement awards and is currently serving a second term as an IBM Research Master Inventor. He is an IEEE Fellow, the IEEE Division IX Director-Elect and the Past President of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. In 2000, he received an IEEE Third Millennium medal.