George Toderici
George Toderici
Google

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 (CVPR 2017, ECCV 2018) 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. (read more)

Wenzhe Shi
Wenzhe Shi
Twitter

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). (read more)

Radu Timofte
Radu Timofte
ETH Zürich

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 a reviewer for top journals (such as TPAMI, TIP, IJCV, TNNLS, TCSVT, CVIU, PR) and conferences (ICCV, CVPR, ECCV, NIPS), as area chair for ACCV 2018 and as 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. (read more)

Lucas Theis
Lucas Theis
Google

Lucas Theis is a machine learning researcher at Google. 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. Lucas started working for Google in 2020 where he continues to work on neural compression. 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, CVPR, ICML, NIPS, ICLR). (read more)

Johannes Ballé
Johannes Ballé
Google

Johannes Ballé is a Research Scientist at Google. His current work focuses on data compression, rate–distortion optimization and models of visual perception. He defended his master's and doctoral theses on signal processing and image compression at RWTH Aachen University in 2007 and 2012, respectively, working with J.-R. Ohm. This was followed by a brief collaboration with J. Portilla at CSIC in Madrid, Spain, and a postdoctoral fellowship at NYU’s Center for Neural Science with E.P. Simoncelli. There, he studied the relationship between perception and image statistics, and pioneered the use of stochastic rate–distortion optimization and deep learning for end-to-end optimized image compression. He joined Google in early 2017 to continue working in this line of research. Johannes has served as a reviewer for top-tier publications in both machine learning and image processing, such as NeurIPS, ICLR, ICML, Picture Coding Symposium and several IEEE Transactions, and has been a co-organizer of the Workshop and Challenge on Learned Image Compression (CLIC) since 2018. (read more)

Eirikur Agustsson
Eirikur Agustsson
Google

Eirikur Agustsson will soon defend his PhD thesis at the Computer Vision Lab of ETH Zurich and has recently joined Google as a Research Scientist within the Machine Intelligence group. He has mainly worked on image and network compression using neural networks, almost lossless analog compression, image super-resolution and generative adversarial networks. He has reviewed for many of the top computer vision and machine learning conferences and journals (such as NIPS, CVPR and IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence) and co-organized numerous workshops (the WebVision challenge & workshop at CVPR '17 and '18, the NTIRE challenge & workshop at CVPR '17 and CLIC at CVPR '18). (read more)

Nick Johnston
Nick Johnston
Google

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 in neural network optimization for mobile devices and embedded systems. Nick received his BSc in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. (read more)

Fabian Mentzer
Fabian Mentzer
Google

Fabian Mentzer is a third year PhD candidate at the Computer Vision Lab of ETH Zurich, under the supervision of Prof. Luc Van Gool. He's exploring neural-network based image compression, with work published at CVPR, NeurIPS, ICCV, and ICLR. Prior to pursuing the PhD, he studied Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich, with a focus on information and communication theory. (read more)


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