Seminar @ Cornell Tech: Visitor Talk — Shiry Ginosar
Computer Vision has made great strides forward in the last decade, and yet, the perception of vision systems is still impoverished. Current systems excel at tasks that are easy to define and evaluate, such as the classification of images and the detection of objects. However, they fail to capture the things that really matter to humans, such as the non-verbal, detailed information that is essential for the majority of everyday human behaviors. In my work, I am trying to push the limits of computer vision toward such a rich perception. I will cover several projects that take steps in this direction by mining for temporal changes in historical data, using multimodal data to learn about interpersonal communication, and modeling individual appearances. Through these examples, I will discuss some of the tools needed to learn rich representations directly from big data.
Shiry Ginosar is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Vision in the CS Department of the University of California Berkeley, advised by Professor Alyosha Efros. Prior to joining the Computer Vision group, she was part of Professor Bjoern Hartmann’s Human-Computer Interaction lab at Berkeley. Earlier in her career, she was a Visiting Scholar at the CS Department of Carnegie Mellon University, working with Professors Luis von Ahn and Manuel Blum in the field of Human Computation. Between her academic roles, she spent four years at Endeca as a Senior Software Engineer. In her distant past, Shiry trained fighter pilots in flight simulators as a Staff Sergeant in the Israeli Air Force. Shiry’s research has been covered by The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, amongst others. Her work has been featured on PBS NOVA, exhibited at the Israeli Design Museum and is part of the permanent collection of the Deutsches Museum. Her patent-pending research work inspired the founding of a startup. Shiry is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the California Legislature Grant for graduate studies, and the Samuel Silver Memorial Scholarship Award for combining intellectual achievement in science and engineering with serious humanistic and cultural interests.