Following the tradition of this newsletter, let me introduce myself briefly. I am a fourth year PhD candidate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, working on visual object recognition. Earlier, I pursued a Master’s degree at the Technical University of Munich in Germany where I carried out research in 3D object class recognition, experimenting with untextured kitchen objects like cups, pans, glasses and bottles, etc. as well as on a scene understanding system for activity recognition by detecting and tracking simultaneously hands, objects, and background landmarks in 3D.
For my PhD, I am trying to develop object class models that output more fine-grained hypotheses than just 2D bounding boxes as are currently fashionable. I have been extending 3D deformable object modeling ideas from the very early days of computer vision (in collaboration with Konrad Schindler, Michael Stark, and Bernt Schiele) so that 3D object geometry and continuous pose hypotheses can be obtained in challenging monocular images. More recently, we have been making these models robust against relatively severe occlusions and are now attempting to use them as building blocks to reconstruct and understand complicated scenes from single images. I was also a Qualcomm fellow during 2012, and will be visiting their augmented reality research center in Vienna over the summer (2013) to do some real-time computer vision on mobile chipsets.
While journal and conference papers usually have a better ideas-to-words ratio than books, books are still a great way to convey a longer strand of ideas or introduce a new field of study to readers that otherwise would not be possible in a limited number of pages. Besides, with the huge increase in research activity in the domains which are of interest to IAPR in the recent years, books have an important role in surveying research results and bringing forward the more successful techniques for students and practitioners. I myself am an avid reader of books on machine learning, computer vision, and pattern recognition, among other topics and have always gained from good reviews (including the ones from this newsletter) and have been interested in making my own impressions public to help fellow readers. I reviewed a book for the IAPR newsletter August 2012 issue, and another one that will appear in the April issue.
Thus I am happy to be facilitating with the book reviewing process for this valuable newsletter. I invite the readers to let me know whenever they would like any particular book to be reviewed, and also if they are interested in one of the titles we have available for review (see Free Books on the Of Interest...page).
INSIDE the IAPR
Editorial Staff Changes
A happy & productive new year! Since I had no clue how to start my introduction as the new Editor-in-Chief of the IAPR newsletter, I thought that this wish would be appropriate.
During 2012, many of you would have attended and presented papers or posters at one or more IAPR-supported meetings, which have been or will be reviewed in the IAPR Newsletter. This issue of the Newsletter is dedicated to the IAPR flagship conference, the International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR). You can read more about ICPR 2012 and one of its satellite conferences, the Joint IAPR International Workshops on Structural and Syntactic Pattern Recognition and Statistical Techniques in Pattern Recognition (S+SSPR 2012). And don’t forget to check the ICPR 2012 web site, as the photo album is online! So, read the reports and get inspired— read and review books!—and check the conference planner. :)
In this Newsletter you can find some of the “traditional” news items. What is new is that we have a new Associate Editor for Book Reviews, Zeeshan Zia. Also new is the EiC. I would like to thank Professor Alexandra Branzan Albu who held this position for the past four years. Just as she did, I will do my best to make the IAPR Newsletter a news and information platform for the IAPR community. I’m looking forward to collaborating with Layout Editor Linda O’Gorman and Zeeshan as well as with the IAPR ExCo to provide you with all kinds of relevant and interesting material.
The newsletter is not just our hobby (well, yes, it is fun, of course!): it is your source of information about the IAPR and its activities! So if there are things that you would like us to change, incorporate, or add, please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org)! We have some things in mind: just check the next issues and you’ll notice it!
For those interested in who this new EiC actually is: check the October 2009 issue of the Newsletter and find my introduction as Associate Editor for Book Reviews. ;)