Some recent news items:
I am one of the organizers of the 2017 Traffic Surveillance Workshop and Challenge to be held in conjunction with CVPR 2017 in Honolulu, HI, USA. Dee the web site for details: http://tcd.miovision.com/challenge/tswc2017
I was part of an international team of researchers from Canada, China and the United States who developed a a traffic surveillance dataset, MIO-TCD (http://tcd.miovision.com). The dataset consists of over half a million images acquired at different times of day and different periods of the year by 8,000 traffic cameras in Canada and the United States. The images cover a wide range of localization challenges and are representative of typical visual data captured today in urban traffic scenarios. Each moving object has been carefully outlined and identified to enable a quantitative comparison and ranking of various algorithms. This dataset aims to provide a rigorous benchmarking facility for training and testing existing and new algorithms for the localization of moving vehicles in traffic scenes.
Jointly with Prof. André Zaccarin of the Université de Laval in Canada, I chaired the tutorials at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP-2015 held in Québec City from Sep. 27 to Sep. 30, 2015. A very successful full-day event, the tutorial day included 9 sessions on topics of contemporary importance, with “Machine Learning” by Profs. Yoshua Bengio and Roland Memisevic of the Université de Montréal setting a record attendance for an ICIP tutorial ever.
On June 29, 2015, I delivered a keynote lecture entitled “Towards privacy-preserving recognition of human activities” at the Annual Workshop of the Sherbrooke Research Center for Intelligent Environments held in Mont Orford, Quebec, Canada.
I was elected to be Member-at-Large of the Conference Board of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) for the period 2015-16.
Our proposal to hold the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance Conference has been accepted by the AVSS Steering Committee. I will be the General Chair of the conference that will take place August 27-30, 2013 in the International Cultural Centre in the Old Square in the historic downtown Karków, Poland.
I received the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University. The award was announced on May 9, 2011 at the ECE Day and later recognized at the College of Engineering 2011 Commencement on May 22, 2011. You can read more about other 2011 ECE awards recognizing Graduate Teaching Fellows, various Senior Design projects, etc., here.
My former student P.J. McNerney (B.S. Computer Systems ’00, M.S. Electrical Engineering ’03) and the company he works for, Insomniac Games, are among the driving forces behind the new Playstation 3 video games and were featured in December 2006 IEEE Spectrum article “The Insomniacs”. Currently at Dreamworks Animation SKG, Glendale, CA, Peter was recently featured in a College of Engineering Magazine article.
I was elected a 2008 IEEE Fellow for contributions to motion estimation and stereoscopic imaging
Together with my former student N. Bozinovic (PhD, Electrical Engineering ’06), I won the 2004-2005 EURASIP Image Communications Best Paper Award for paper entitled “Motion analysis in 3D DCT domain and its application to video coding” (Signal Processing: Image Communications, vol. 20, July 2005).