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Guest Editors' Introduction to the Special Section on Award-Winning Papers from the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 2009 (CVPR 2009)

Irfan Essa, IEEE
Sing Bing Kang, IEEE
Marc Pollefeys, IEEE

Pages: pp. 2339-2340


About the Authors

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Irfan Essa received the PhD (1995) and SM (1990) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and worked as a research scientist the MIT Media Laboratory, before moving to Georgia Tech. He is a professor in the School of Interactive Computing (iC) of the College of Computing (CoC), and an adjunct professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), in Atlanta. At Georgia Tech he is affiliated with the Robotics and Intelligent Machines Center and the GVU Center and Co-directs the Computational Perception Laboratory. He works in the areas of computer vision, computer fraphics, computational perception, robotics, and computer animation, with potential impact on video analysis and production (e.g., computational photography & video, image-based modeling and rendering, etc.), human computer interaction, and artificial intelligence research. Specifically, he is interested in the analysis, interpretation, authoring, and synthesis (of video), with the goals of building aware environments, recognizing, modeling human activities, and behaviors, and developing dynamic and generative representations of time-varying streams. He has published more than 150 scholarly articles in leading journals and conference venues on these topics. He has served as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, a program cochair for CVPR 2009, and program chair for the Face and Gesture Conference 1996. He has won numerous awards, including the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2000). He is a senior member of the IEEE.
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Sing Bing Kang received the PhD degree in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1994. He is currently a principal researcher at Microsoft Corporation, and his research interests are image and video enhancement, as well as image-based modeling. He has coedited two books ( Panoramic Vision and Emerging Topics in Computer Vision) and coauthored two books ( Image-Based Rendering and Image-Based Modeling of Plants and Trees). He has served as an area chair and a member of the technical committee for the major computer vision conferences. He has also served as a papers committee member for SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia. He was a program cochair for ACCV 2007 and CVPR 2009, and is currently an associate editor-in-chief for the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and IPSJ Transactions on Computer Vision and Applications. He is a senior member of the IEEE.
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Marc Pollefeys received the PhD degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1999. He has been a full professor in the Department of Computer Science of ETH Zurich since 2007, where he is the head of the Institute for Visual Computing and leads the Computer Vision and Geometry Lab. He was previously on the faculty in the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has received several prizes for his research, including a Marr prize, a US National Science Foundation CAREER award, a Packard Fellowship, and a European Research Council Starting Grant. He is the author or coauthor of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. He will be general chair for ECCV 2014 and 3DIMPVT2012 and was a program cochair for CVPR 2009 and general/program cochair of 3DIMPVT2006. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Computer Vision and was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence from 2005-2009. He is a senior member of the IEEE.
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