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HiPEDS Seminar: Building Computer Vision Systems That Really Work

November 2, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Title: Building Computer Vision Systems That Really Work

Speaker: Andrew Fitzgibbon, Microsoft  [<– note not MS Research]

Andrew Fitzgibbon has been shipping advanced computer vision systems for twenty years. In 1999, prize-winning research from Oxford University was spun out to become the Emmy-award-winning camera tracker “boujou”, which has been used to insert computer graphics into live-action footage in pretty much every movie made since its release, from the “Harry Potter” series to “Bridget Jones’s Diary”. In 2007, he was part of the team that delivered human body tracking in Kinect for Xbox 360, and in 2015 he moved from Microsoft Research to the Windows division to work on Microsoft’s HoloLens, an AR headset brimming with cutting-edge computer vision technology. In all of these projects, the academic state of the art has had to be leapfrogged in accuracy and efficiency, sometimes by several orders of magnitude. Sometimes that’s just raw engineering, sometimes it means completely new ways of looking at the research. If he had to nominate one key to success, it’s a focus on, well, everything: from cache misses to end-to-end experience, and on always being willing to change one’s mind.

Biography: Fitzgibbon is a partner scientist at Microsoft in Cambridge, UK. He has published numerous highly-cited papers, and received many awards for his work, including ten “best paper” prizes at various venues, the Silver medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the BCS Roger Needham award. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Computer Society, and the International Association for Pattern Recognition. He studied at University College, Cork, and then did a Masters at Heriot-Watt University, before taking up an RSE job at the University of Edinburgh, which eventually morphed into a PhD. He moved to Oxford in 1996 and drove large software projects such as the VXL project, and then spent several years as a Royal Society University Research Fellow before joining Microsoft in 2005. He loves programming, particularly in C++, and his recent work has included new numerical algorithms for Eigen, and compilation of F# to a non-garbage-collected runtime.



November 2, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Huxley 342