Invited speakers

Prof. Yiannis Aloimonos (University of Maryland)

Yiannis Aloimonos (Ph.D 1987, University of Rochester, NY) is Professor of Computational Vision at the Department of Computer Science in the University of Maryland at College Park and the Director of the Computer Vision Laboratory in the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). He is affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) and is a founding member of the Maryland Center for Robotics and the NACS (Neural and Cognitive Science) Program. His work is devoted to Active Perception and Visual Motion Analysis and the study of vision as a dynamic process that serves control (motor system) and reasoning (cognitive system). In the past five years he has been working on coupling attention and segmentation and developing algorithms that segment and recognize objects and actions from video data. With funding from the European Union, under the project POETICON ( he has been developing attention systems for cognitive robotics that integrate perception with symbolic knowledge (language). With funding from the National Science Foundation, under the project ROBOTS WITH VISION THAT FIND OBJECTS he has been developing algorithms for task based attention and search for specific and generic objects. With funding from the NIH he has been developing HAL, a Human Activity Language Tool that can be used to represent human actions.

Prof. Kris Kitani (Carnegie Mellon University)

Kris Kitani is a Systems Scientist in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He specializes in the area of human activity understanding from video. His work on learning actions from video was awarded the Best Paper Award at the Meeting on Image Recognition and Understanding (MIRU) 2008, the largest computer vision conference in Japan, and the Best Journal Paper Award from the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communications Engineers (IEICE) in 2010. His work on activity forecasting was awarded the Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) in 2012. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE THMS journal special issue on Wearable and Ego-vision Systems for Augmented Experience and has organized several workshops on Egocentric (First-Person) Vision at CVPR. His work has been featured in the popular press such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and ABC news.

Prof. Richard Bowden (University of Surrey)

Richard Bowden received a BSc in computer science from the University of London in ’93, an MSc with distinction from the University of Leeds in ’95, and a PhD in computer vision from Brunel University in ’99 for which he was awarded the Sullivan Doctoral Thesis Prize. He is Professor of Computer Vision and Machine Learning at the University of Surrey, UK, where he leads the Cognitive Vision Group within the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing and was recently awarded a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship. His research centres on the use of computer vision to locate, track, and understand humans. He is an Associate Editor for Image and Vision Computing and IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. He was a member of the British Machine Vision Association (BMVA) executive committee and a company director for seven years. He is a member of the BMVA, a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a senior member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the International Association of Pattern Recognition.

Prof. Yaser Sheikh (Carnegie Mellon University)

Yaser Sheikh is an Associate Professor at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, with appointments in the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Quality of Life Technology Center. His research interests span computer vision, computer graphics, and robotics, and are focused on the machine perception of social behavior. He has won Popular Science’s Best of What’s New Award, the Honda Initiation Award (2010), best paper awards at WACV (2012), SAP (2012), SCA (2010), and ICCV THEMIS (2009), and the Hillman Fellowship for Excellence in Computer Science Research (2004). He has over 50 publications in leading conferences in computer vision, computer graphics, and machine learning, and holds four patents on his research. Yaser has served as a senior committee member at leading conferences in computer vision, computer graphics, and robotics including SIGGRAPH (2013, 2014), CVPR (2014, 2015), ICRA (2014), and ICCP (2011). His research is sponsored by various government research offices, including NSF and DARPA, and several industrial partners including the Intel Corporation, the Walt Disney Company, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, and the Samsung Group. His research has been covered by various media outlets including The New York Times, Popular Science, BBC, MSNBC, New Scientist, slashdot, and WIRED. He received his PhD in 2006 from the University of Central Florida advised by Prof. Mubarak Shah, and his BS degree from the Ghulam Ishaq Institute of Engineering Science and Technology in 2001.

Mr. Oren Shamir (Intel Corporation)

Mr. Oren Shamir is Senior Algorithm Engineer at Intel’s Realsense group.