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DTC Seminar Series

From Image Analysis to Content Extraction: Are We There Yet?


Tsuhan Chen
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, June 22, 2007
1:30 pm

402 Walter Library

IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecture

Based on the bag-of-words representation, topic models have recently become a popular approach to object discovery, i.e., extracting the "object of interest" from a set of images in a completely unsupervised manner. In this talk, we will outline this approach, and extend it from still images to motion videos. We will propose a novel spatial-temporal framework that extends topic models for both appearance modeling and motion modeling. The spatial and temporal models are integrated so that motion ambiguities can be resolved by appearance, and appearance ambiguities can be resolved by motion. This framework finds application in video retrieval (e.g., for YouTube or Google Video) and video surveillance.


Tsuhan Chen has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, since October 1997, where he is currently a Professor. From August 1993 to October 1997, he worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, New Jersey. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, in 1990 and 1993, respectively. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1987. Tsuhan served as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia in 2002-2004. He also served in the Editorial Board of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine and as Associate Editor for IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, and IEEE Trans. on Multimedia. He co-edited a book titled Multimedia Systems, Standards, and Networks. Tsuhan received the Charles Wilts Prize at the California Institute of Technology in 1993. He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, from 2000 to 2003. He received the Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award at the Carnegie Mellon University in 2006. He is elected to the Board of Governors, IEEE Signal Processing Society, 2007-2009. He is a member of the Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society. He is Fellow of IEEE, and a Distinguished Lecturer of the Signal Processing Society.