May 9th, 2014
Research Seminar: Aaron Bobick, Professor of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech
4:30 – 5:30 p.m., University Center, Dowd Room (second floor)
Structured representations for activity recognition (and prediction)
Our early work in activity recognition tended to leverage structured representation. These methods explicitly or implicitly represented the parts or phases of an activity, incorporated specific perceptual detection with respect to those elements, and then temporally aligned or parsed an input stream with the model. Recently we have reconsidered such methods with respect to the problem of human activity prediction: predicting what action a human might do and when. This predicative capability is necessary for a robot to collaborative assist a human or even just to coexist productively. I will show some new work on representing a (potentially) collaborative task in support of perception by the robot of the human and that allows a robot to make a plan to be timely in its assistance.
Aaron Bobick is a Professor in and was the founding Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has B.Sc. degrees from MIT in Mathematics (1981) and Computer Science (1981) and a Ph.D. from MIT in Cognitive Science (1987). He is a pioneer in the area of action recognition by computer vision. He joined the MIT Media Laboratory faculty in 1992 where he led the Media Lab DARPA VSAM project as well as a Dynamic Scene Analysis effort funded by the CIA. In 1999 Prof. Bobick joined the faculty at Georgia Tech where he became the Director of the GVU Center, an internationally known research center in computer vision, graphics, ubiquitous computing, and HCI. As Director he greatly expanded the scope of GVU both in the direction of human expression – such as music technology or narrative – and in computers interacting with the outside world both through sensing and robotics. In 2005, the unitary College of Computing was divided into independent departments and the School of Interactive Computing was created with Prof. Bobick serving as the founding Chair. Under his leadership, the School launched several novel computing degrees including a BS in Computational Media as well as PhD programs in Robotics and in Human Centered Computing.
Prof. Bobick is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, has served as a senior area chair for most international computer vision conferences, and was Program Chair of IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. He has also served on the advisory board or boards of directors of a variety of computer-vision and medical imaging technology companies.