Dean Richard Hornsey




Richard Hornsey

Interim Dean

Professor Richard Hornsey is the Interim Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering.

Richard Hornsey provides leadership in the overall direction of the School.

Previously, in the role of Vice Dean at Lassonde, Richard was responsible for initiating and coordinating the development of innovative academic initiatives, including the Renaissance Engineering™ curriculum and experiential education, and the continued excellence of student services, including student advising, awards and counseling. 

Along with his extensive teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Professor Hornsey brings with him a wide range of experience and expertise in administration.

He has held various appointments within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, most recently as the Associate Dean for Engineering. He has over twenty years' research experience in the semiconductor and microelectronics fields and has worked with companies in Europe, North America and Asia.

After attaining a Doctorate degree from University College Oxford, Richard went to Tokyo as Visiting Researcher for Hitachi, where he worked with focused ion beams for semiconductor device analysis. Following this, he fabricated and analyzed quantum mechanical devices as Wolfson-Hitachi Research Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. Prior to his arrival at York, he was part of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

His research involves the technology and applications of integrated image sensors, including distributed sensor networks, high performance image sensor design, on-chip image processing methodologies, and biologically inspired image sensor architectures. The latter involves taking behavioural system concepts of anything from a school of fish to a termite colony and applying these to engineering technologies. His current projects include distributed camera systems and sensor ‘clouds’ and ‘swarms’ (NSERC funded), high performance sensors, and the dragonflEYE project, which is developing an electronic version of an insect compound eye.

Seek simplicity but distrust it.

Alfred North Whitehead