Friday, February 19, 2010

Data-Driven Image Parsing With the Visual Memex: Thesis Proposal Complete!

Yesterday, I successfully gave my thesis proposal talk at CMU and it was a great experience. The feedback I obtained from my committee members was invaluable, especially the comments from Takeo Kanade. It was a great honor for me to have Takeo Kanade, one of the titans of vision, on my committee. My external member, Pietro Perona, is also a key player object recognition, and provided some perceptive comments.

I gave my talk on my Macbook Pro using Keynote. I use the dvi output to connect to the projector and on my screen I was able to see the current slide as well as the upcoming slide. Using Skype I was able to connect to Pietro in California and share the presentation screen (not my two-slide screen!) with him. This was, he was able to follow along and see the same slides as everybody in the room. Skype was a great success!

I would like to thank everybody who came to my talk!


  1. Congratulations for your thesis proposal, I regularly follow your blog and I find your thoughts and references very valuable and inspiring for my own research. Did you publish your thesis proposal so we could read it ? Or was it maybe only the slides ?

  2. Hi Xavi,

    I'm glad to hear that you find my ideas/work valuable in inspiring. I unfortunately have not made my thesis proposal available since it contains a great deal of unpublished work which I plan on submitting to conferences in the upcoming months.

    I will try to periodically update my blog with recent musings on vision. If there is any topic you're interested in hearing more about, let me know, and I'll do my best at writing a short essay.