Live CVML Web lecture series

Dear Computer Vision/Machine Learning/Autonomous Systems students, engineers, scientists and enthusiasts,

Artificial Intelligence and Information analysis (AIIA) Lab, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece is proud to have launched the live CVML Web lecture series that covers very important Computer Vision/Machine Learning topics. Two new upcoming 45 min lectures will take place soon:

1) Object tracking

2) Mapping and localization

Date/time: Wednesday 10th June 2020, 17:00-18:30 EEST for both lectures (7:00-8:30 am California time, 10:00-11:30 am New York time, 22:00-23:30 Beijing time).

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Lecture abstracts
1) Object tracking, Wednesday 10th June 2020, 17:00-17:45 EEST

Summary: Object/target tracking is a crucial component of many computer vision systems. Many approaches on face/object tracking in videos will be overviewed, notably based on feature point tracking, or on color/texture target descriptors. Furthermore, this lecture will focus on video tracking methods using correlation filters or convolutional neural networks. Video trackers that are capable of achieving real time performance for long-term tracking on a UAV platform will be overviewed as well.

2) Mapping and localization, Wednesday 10th June 2020, 17:45-18:30 EEST

Summary: This lecture includes the essential knowledge about how we obtain/get 2D and/or 3D maps that robots/drones need, taking measurements that allow them to perceive their environment with appropriate sensors. Semantic mapping includes how to add semantic annotations to the maps such as POIs, roads and landing sites. The section Localization is exploited to find the 3D drone or target location based on sensors using specifically Simultaneous mapping and localization (SLAM). Finally, the drone localization fusion is presented that improves localization and mapping accuracy by exploiting synergies between different sensor data.

Lecturer: Prof. Ioannis Pitas (IEEE fellow, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, EURASIP fellow) received the Diploma and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Since 1994, he has been a Professor at the Department of Informatics of the same University. His current interests are in the areas of machine learning, computer vision, intelligent digital media, human centered interfaces, affective computing, 3D imaging and biomedical imaging. He has published over 860 papers, contributed in 44 books in his areas of interest and edited or (co-)authored another 11 books. He has also been member of the program committee of many scientific conferences and workshops. In the past he served as Associate Editor or co-Editor of 9 international journals and General or Technical Chair of 4 international conferences. He participated in 69 R&D projects, primarily funded by the European Union and is/was principal investigator/researcher in 41 such projects. He has 31000+ citations to his work and h-index 83+ (Google Scholar). Prof. Pitas lead the big European H2020 R&D project MULTIDRONE: and is principal investigator (AUTH) in H2020 projects Aerial Core and AI4Media. He is chair of the Autonomous Systems initiative

Lecturing record of Prof. I. Pitas: He was Visiting/Adjunct/Honorary Professor/Researcher and lectured at several Universities: University of Toronto (Canada), University of British Columbia (Canada), EPFL (Switzerland), Chinese Academy of Sciences (China), University of Bristol (UK), Tampere University of Technology (Finland), Yonsei University (Korea), Erlangen-Nurnberg University (Germany), National University of Malaysia, Henan University (China). He delivered 90 invited/keynote lectures in prestigious international Conferences and top Universities worldwide. He run 17 short courses and tutorials on Autonomous Systems, Computer Vision and Machine Learning, most of them in the past 3 years in many countries, e.g., USA, UK, Italy, Finland, Greece, Australia, N. Zealand, Korea, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan.

Relevant links: a) Prof. I. Pitas: b) AIIA Lab

General information: Lectures will consist primarily of live lecture streaming and PPT slides. Attendees (registrants) need no special computer equipment for attending the lecture. They will receive the lecture PDF before each lecture and will have the ability to ask questions real-time. Audience should have basic University-level undergraduate knowledge of any science or engineering department (calculus, probabilities, programming, that are typical e.g., in any ECE, CS, EE undergraduate program). More advanced knowledge (signals and systems, optimization theory, machine learning) is very helpful but nor required.

These two lectures are part of a 15 lecture CVML web course ‘Computer vision and machine learning for autonomous systems’ (April-June 2020):

Introduction to autonomous systems (delivered 25th April 2020)
Introduction to computer vision (delivered 25th April 2020)
Image acquisition, camera geometry (delivered 2nd May 2020)
Stereo and Multiview imaging (delivered 2nd May 2020)
Structure from Motion (delivered 9th May 2020)
2D convolution and correlation algorithms (delivered 9th May 2020)
Motion estimation (delivered 20th May 2020)
Introduction to Machine Learning (delivered 20th May 2020)
Artificial Neural Networks. Perceptron (delivered 27th May 2020)
Multilayer perceptron. Backpropagation (delivered 27th May 2020)
Deep learning. Convolutional NNs (delivered 3rd June 2020)
Deep object detection (delivered 3rd June 2020)
Object tracking

Localization and mapping

Deep Semantic Image Segmentation

Fast convolution algorithms. CVML programming tools.

Sincerely yours

Prof. Ioannis Pitas

Director of Artificial Intelligence and Information analysis (AIIA) Lab, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

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