CSE Seminar

From Pixels to Measurements: Understanding the Dynamic World

Adam HarleyPostdocStanford University
3725 Beyster BuildingMap

Zoom link for remote attendees: password 123123




Abstract: In computer vision, “video understanding” typically concerns summarization: tracking the main objects, or describing the main actions. While progress here has been impressive, many practical applications require extracting information which is much more fine-grained. For example, biologists are highly interested in tracking specific key points of organisms in long video recordings. Algorithms for such tasks require the generality and precision of low-level vision methods (e.g., optical flow), but benefit from knowledge about the physical world (e.g., things continue to exist while they are occluded). In this talk, I will present our progress on this crucial space of problems. Our central contribution is to widen the window of “temporal context” used for inference: instead of tracking entities from one frame to the next, we inspect dozens of frames simultaneously, and return an answer that makes sense for the full clip. I will discuss the methods and datasets that we have created to drive progress along these lines, and highlight natural science applications of the work. Finally, I will introduce our ongoing effort to produce a “foundation model” of motion, aiming to deliver arbitrary-granularity tracking for a huge variety of real-world situations.

Bio: Adam is a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, working with Leonidas Guibas. He received a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked with Katerina Fragkiadaki. He received his M.S. in Computer Science at Toronto Metropolitan University, working with Kosta Derpanis. Adam is a recipient of the NSERC PGS-D scholarship, and the Toronto Metropolitan University Gold Medal. His research interests lie in Computer Vision and Machine Learning, particularly for 3D understanding and fine-grained tracking.


Cindy Estell

Student Host

Daniel Geng

Faculty Host

Stella Yu