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 ECE Distinguished Lecture Series

First-Person Vision

 Takeo Kanade (image)  
Professor Takeo Kanade
U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor
Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Digital Human Research Center, AIST 
For understanding the behavior, intent, and environment of a person, the surveillance metaphor is traditional; that is, install cameras in the environment and observe her and her interaction with other people and environment from them. Instead, we argue that the First-Person Vision that senses the environment and her activities from her point of view is more advantageous with available images about her environment from her own view points and with readily available information about her head motion and gaze. We have been working in this paradigm for a while, and this talk will present the current progresses in the First Person Vision – the ideas, devices, algorithms, and example applications.

Biography of Takeo Kanade
Takeo Kanade is the U. A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics and the director of Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1974. After holding a faculty position in the Department of Information Science, Kyoto University, he joined Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. He was the Director of the Robotics Institute from 1992 to 2001. He also founded the Digital Human Research Center in Tokyo and served as the founding director from 2001 to 2010.

Dr. Kanade works in multiple areas of robotics: computer vision, multi-media, manipulators, autonomous mobile robots, medical robotics and sensors. He has written more than 350 technical papers and reports in these areas, and holds more than 20 patents. He has been the principal investigator of more than a dozen major vision and robotics projects at Carnegie Mellon.

Dr. Kanade has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Awards he received include the Franklin Institute Bower Prize, ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award, Okawa Award, C&C Award, Tateishi Grand Prize, Joseph Engelberger Award, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Pioneer Award, and IEEE PAMI-TC Azriel Rosenfeld Lifetime Accomplishment Award.




Monday, October 15, 2012
4:00 p.m. - McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall
Reception will begin in Martel Hall at 3:15pm 

This event is open to the public.