Computer Science Department Seminar

11:30AM-12:30PM, Thursday, February 17, 2011

Prof. Zhigang Zhu, City College, City University of New York

Title: Video Mosaicing and Multimodal Sensing


In this presentation, I will give an overview of two major research topics at the CCNY Visual Computing Lab: video mosaicing and multimodal sensing. In the first part I will discuss the basic principles of stereo mosaics using a single video camera and present a few interesting applications of the techniques. The applications include aerial video surveillance and modeling, under-vehicle inspection, cargo inspection and robot navigation. In the second parts I will present two multimodal sensing platforms (a long-range audio-visual system using a laser vibrometer and PTZ cameras, and a co-registered EO/IR 3D panoramic imaging system) that can be used for surveillance and security applications.


Dr. Zhigang Zhu is currently a Professor in the Computer Science Department, the City College of New York. He directs the City College Visual Computing Laboratory (CcvcL), and co-directs the Center for Perceptual Robotics, Intelligent Sensors and Machines (PRISM) in Grove School of Engineering at CCNY. Previously he has been an Associate Professor at Tsinghua University, and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research interests include 3D computer vision, multimodal sensing, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), video representation, and various applications in education, environment, robotics, surveillance and transportation. His research has been supported by AFOSR, AFRL, ARO, DARPA, NSF, NYSIA, CCNY Presidents City Seeds Award, GSOE Deans Award, CUNY CISDD, CUNY Research Foundation as well as industry.

Dr Zhu is a senior member of the IEEE, a senior member of the ACM, an Associate Editor of the Machine Vision and Applications Journal and a Technical Editor of the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. He was Co-General Chair (with Prof. Thomas S. Huang) of the 2007 IEEE Workshop on Multimodal Sentient Computing, in conjunction with CVPR 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Co-Guest Editor (with Prof. Takeo Kanade) of the Special Issue on Modeling and Representations of Large Scale 3D Scenes, International Journal of Computer Vision, 2008.

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