Mordohai Receives Google Research Award

HOBOKEN, N.J. - Stevens Institute of Technology professor Philippos Mordohai recently received a Google Research Award for his program "Object Recognition in Large-Scale Scenes from Video and Point Cloud Streams."

The $50,000 award was granted to Mordohai, who teaches in the computer science department at Stevens earlier this year and will help fund the project that will develop novel computer vision techniques for scene understanding in large-scale urban environments.

According Mordohai , data will be collected by a sensor suite acquired with funding provided by the National Science Foundation under a Computing Research Infrastructure award, which includes state of the art navigation equipment, as well as an omnidirectional LIDAR sensor, an omnidirectional video camera and other narrow field of view cameras.

The proposed approach takes advantage of the multiple observations captured from each object as a vehicle carrying the sensors traverses the scene. What distinguishes this effort from conventional approaches is processing driven by 3D information. Since segmentation is usually easier in 3D, aided by image-based properties.

Novel invariant descriptors that capture both geometry and appearance will be used for object recognition within a scene understanding framework that exploits contextual cues, such as roads, buildings and object co-occurrence probabilities. A strong emphasis will be placed on recognizing significantly more object and surface categories than current approaches, emphasizing functionally significant categories, such as entrances, and dynamic objects.

As part of its mission to build the most advanced and usable methods for information access, Google routinely supports university research, technological innovation and the teaching and learning experience through a variety of programs.

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