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EECS Seminar: Towards Understanding Stories from Videos

January 15, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Towards Understanding Stories from Videos

Sanja Fidler

Department of Computer Science

University of Toronto

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 in the interdisciplinary domain of vision and language. I’ll show how we can exploit the alignment between movies and books in order to build more descriptive captioning systems. I’ll also discuss our efforts towards automatic understanding of stories behind long and complex videos.

Bio: 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 is serving as an Area Chair in the upcoming CVPR’16, EMNLP’16 and ACCV’16. She also served as presentations chair at CVPR 2010, and  publication chair of CVPR 2013, 2014, 2015, and ICCV 2015. Her main research interests are large-scale object detection, 3D scene understanding, and combining language and vision.


January 15, 2016
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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