About Us


William T. Freeman is the Thomas and Gerd Perkins Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) there. He was the Associate Department Head from 2011 - 2014. His current research interests include machine learning applied to computer vision, Bayesian models of visual perception, and computational photography. He received outstanding paper awards at computer vision or machine learning conferences in 1997, 2006, 2009 and 2012, and test-of-time retrospective awards for papers from 1990, 1995, and 2005. Previous research topics include steerable filters and pyramids, orientation histograms, the generic viewpoint assumption, color constancy, computer vision for computer games, and belief propagation in networks with loops. He is active in the program or organizing committees of computer vision, graphics, and machine learning conferences. He was the program co-chair for ICCV 2005, and for CVPR 2013.

Email: billf@mit.edu

George Toderici received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Houston in 2007 where his research focused on 2D-to-3D face recognition, and joined Google in 2008. His current work at Google Research is focused on lossy multimedia compression using neural networks. His past projects at Google include the design of neural-network architectures and classical approaches for video classification, action recognition, YouTube channel recommendations, and video enhancement. He has helped organize the THUMOS-2014 and YouTube-8M (2017) video classification challenges, and contributed to the design of the Sports-1M dataset. He has also served as Area Chair for the ACM Multimedia Conference in 2014, and is a regular reviewer for CVPR, ICCV, and NIPS.

Email: gtoderici@google.com

Michele Covell joined Google as a research scientist in 2005. Since 2015, she has worked on applications of neural networks for image and video compression, first for better parameter control on H.264 and more recently on using neural networks directly for image compression. For the first 4 years after joining Google, Michele worked on audio and video fingerprinting, used for copyright protection by YouTube. She received awards for this work for technical innovation and financial impact and the YT Content Id System received a Technical Emmy in 2013. In between, she worked in various parts of Google, including Chrome Media, helping to evaluate and acquire the open-source compression codecs needed for the Chrome effort. Before joining Google, at HP Labs, she worked on streaming content-distribution networks for mobile. That work was listed among the “top 40 accomplishments in HP Labs’ [then] 40-year history”. She has also worked on audio and video processing at Interval Research Corporation (a private think tank) and acoustic noise control at SRI International. She received her PhD from MIT and her bachelors from University of Michigan.

Email: covell@google.com

Balu Adsumilli currently leads the Media Algorithms group at YouTube/Google. He did his masters in University of Wisconsin and his PhD at University of California in 2005, on watermark-based error resilience in video communications. From 2005 to 2011, he was Sr. Research Scientist at Citrix Online, and from 2011-2016, he was Sr. Manager Advanced Software at GoPro, at both places developing algorithms for images/video enhancement, compression, and transmission. He is an active member of IEEE, ACM, SPIE, and VES, and has co-authored more than 80 papers and patents. His fields of research include image/video processing, machine vision, video compression, spherical capture, VR/AR, visual effects, and related areas.

Wenzhe Shi works at Magic Pony of Twitter as a computer vision research lead. He received his Ph.D. training under Prof. Daniel Rueckert in the Biomedical Image Analysis group within Imperial College London from 2009 to 2012 where he stayed as a research associate from 2012 to 2014. He joined Magic Pony 2015 as one of the first employees. The company was acquired by Twitter for 150M in 2016. He has published over 100 scientific papers in top-tier academic journals and conferences, and is inventor of more than 20 patents. His projects at Twitter includes super-resolution, compression, frame interpolation, image/video classification and recommendation. Wenzhe has also served as a regular reviewer for some of the top computer vision and medical image analysis journals and conferences (CVPR, ICCV, MICCAI, IEEE-TMI, IEEE-MEDIA, etc).

Email: wshi@twitter.com

Radu Timofte is research group leader in the Computer Vision Laboratory, at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He obtained a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at the KU Leuven, Belgium in 2013, the MSc at the Univ. of Eastern Finland in 2007, and the Dipl. Eng. at the Technical Univ. of Iasi, Romania in 2006. He serves as a reviewer for top journals (such as TPAMI, TIP, IJCV, TNNLS, TCSVT, CVIU, PR) and conferences (ICCV, CVPR, ECCV, NIPS) and is area editor for Elsevier’s CVIU journal. His work received a best scientific paper award at ICPR 2012, the best paper award at CVVT workshop (ECCV 2012), the best paper award at ChaLearn LAP workshop (ICCV 2015), the best scientific poster award at EOS 2017, the honorable mention award at FG 2017, and his team won a number of challenges including traffic sign detection (IJCNN 2013) and apparent age estimation (ICCV 2015). He is co-founder of Merantix and organizer of NTIRE ‘16, ’17 and ’18 events. His current research interests include sparse and collaborative representations, deep learning, optical flow, compression, image restoration and enhancement.

Email: radu.timofte@vision.ee.ethz.ch

Lucas Theis is a machine learning researcher at Twitter. He studied Cognitive Science in Osnabrück before starting a PhD at the Max Planck Research School in Tübingen, Germany, in 2009. Here, he worked on generative modeling of natural images with Matthias Bethge, in particular using deep learning. After finishing his PhD, he started to work on image compression and super-resolution for Magic Pony Technologies in London – a startup which got acquired by Twitter in 2016. Other work includes papers on variational inference, saliency prediction, and computational neuroscience. Lucas has served as a reviewer for some of the top machine learning journals and conferences (JMLR, ICML, NIPS, ICLR).

Email: ltheis@twitter.com

Johannes Ballé received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in 2013. He then worked at New York University’s Center for Neural Science as a postdoc until early 2017, when he joined Google in Mountain View. His work revolves around classical topics of signal processing; image and video compression; representation of images using generative and probabilistic models; and models of visual perception of texture, as well as images in general. He has served as a reviewer of numerous publications in the fields of image compression and signal processing (e.g., IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Picture Coding Symposium).

Email: jballe@google.com

Eirikur Agustsson is a fourth year PhD candidate the Computer Vision Lab of ETH Zurich, under the supervision of Prof. Luc Van Gool. He has mainly worked on image and network compression using neural networks, almost lossless analog compression, image-super-resolution and generative adversarial networks, publishing at conferences and journals such as IEEE Trans. Inf. Theory, NIPS, ICCV and ICASSP. He obtained the best student paper honorable mention award at FG 2017 and best scientific poster award at EOS2017. He co-organized the WebVision challenge & workshop and the NTIRE ‘17 challenge & workshop, both held at CVPR 2017.

Email: aeirikur@vision.ee.ethz.ch

Nick Johnston works as a Software Engineer within the Machine Intelligence group at Google. He has previously published image compression work at CVPR. His research interests are in leveraging the power of deep learning and computer vision for improved rate-distortion performance in image compression. Additionally, he is interested neural network optimization for mobile devices and embedded systems. Nick received his BSc in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University.

Email: nickj@google.com