UC Irvine’s Deva Ramanan, 33, associate professor of computer science, has been named one of Popular Science magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young scientists of 2012 for his work in enabling computers to “see” and recognize people.
Much like current computer vision systems like the motion-picture technology in animation –– such as Nintendo’s Wii, which analyzes movement by usually mounting a device on the body or near the TV –– Ramanan has come up with a computational algorithm that is similar in nature by using a single image or video of a person taken with a regular camera.
This technology could open the door to a variety of advances including the opportunity for rehabilitation patients to be monitored long-term while at home and the chance to find photos of oneself on the Internet, even those taken by others. The computer vision technology may also be helpful in using self-driving cars or gesture-based interfaces on appliances.
“Deva’s research is absolutely first-rate,” said Michael Goodrich, Chancellor’s Professor and chair of computer science in UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences. “It’s wonderful having him here to advise and attract students to work with him on this topic. This work also gives him an excellent opportunity to collaborate with scientists and engineers interested in the applications of pose detection in their work.”
In his efforts to shape technology, Ramanan served as a research assistant professor at the Toyota Technological Institute in Chicago along with visiting researcher for the University of Oxford’s Visual Geometry Group, Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics and Microsoft Research’s Interactive Media Group.
With an extensive educational background from the University of Delaware and UC Berkley along with his research, Ramanan is praised for his work in computer image recognition.
“It’s certainly exciting to be recognized for one’s work,” Ramanan said. “In my case, I’ve been very fortunate to work with a great group of students and collaborators, so I share this recognition with them.”
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