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Spring 2015 GRASP Seminar: Sanja Fidler, University of Toronto, “Understanding Complex Scenes and People That Talk about Them”

March 20, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


 A successful autonomous system needs to not only understand the visual world but also communicate its understanding with humans. To make this possible, language can serve as a natural link between high level semantic concepts and low level visual perception. In this talk, I’ll present our recent work on 3D scene understanding, and show how natural sentential descriptions can be exploited to improve 3D visual parsing, and vice-versa, how image information can help resolve ambiguities in text. I’ll also show how additional information available on the web can facilitate 3D understanding of monocular imagery.


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Sanja Fidler is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto. Previously she was a Research Assistant Professor at TTI-Chicago, a philanthropically endowed academic institute located in the campus of the University of Chicago. She completed her PhD in computer science at University of Ljubljana in 2010, and was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Toronto during 2011-2012. In 2010 she visited UC Berkeley as a visiting student. She has served in program committees of numerous international conferences, and has received three outstanding reviewer awards (ECCV 2008, CVPR 2012, ECCV 2012). She also served as presentations chair at CVPR 2010, and publication chair of CVPR 2013, 2014 and 2015. Her main research interests are large-scale object detection, 3D scene understanding, and combining language and vision.


March 20, 2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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