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McKelvey School of Engineering

Mapping the Visual World Using Webcams, Cell Phones, and Satellites

Friday, October 22 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall, Brauer 12
6548 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

Dr. Nathan Jacobs
Professor of Computer Science, University of Kentucky

Trillions of pixels are collected every day. Together they supply many perspectives of the world, ranging from what someone had for dinner to where new buildings have been constructed. The key challenge is translating this raw data into useful information in a way that scales to large geographic areas. This talk provides an overview of our work in developing algorithms that learn to extract such information with limited human effort. Topics will include combining social media and satellite imagery to map visual attributes; inferring missing image metadata; and learning to synthesize novel views.

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McKelvey School of Engineering


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Computer Science & Engineering
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Speaker Information

Dr. Nathan Jacobs earned a B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Missouri (1999) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Washington University in St. Louis (2010). Since then, he has been a Professor of Computer Science and director of the Multimodal Vision Research Laboratory at the University of Kentucky (USA). He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2016 for his work at the intersection of computer vision, video surveillance, and remote sensing. Dr. Jacobs' research area is computer vision; his specialty is developing learning-based algorithms and systems for processing large-scale image collections. His current focus is on developing techniques for understanding the visual world from geotagged imagery, including images from social networks, publicly available outdoor webcams, and satellites. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Google.

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