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Nikhil Rasiwasia
Phd. Candidate
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California, San Diego

Email: nikux@ucsd.edu
Web: http://www.confusionart.com
Phone: +1 858 336 3105
   
Research Interests My general interests are in the areas of computer vision, pattern recognition, and machine learning. In particular, I aim to develop probabilistic models of images that can be applied to computer vision problems, such as image annotation, retrieval, classification, segmentation etc. Recently I have also worked on joint modeling of text and images.
   
Education University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA
  Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2005-present
  Research Area: Computer Vision, Machine Learning
  Advisor: Nuno Vasconcelos
   
  Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur Kanpur, India
  Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering, 2001-2005
   
Research University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA
Experience September 2005 - present
  Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
   
  Microsoft Research Mountain View
  July 2009 - Sept 2009 CA
  Research Intern, Search Group.
   
  Google Inc. Mountain View
  July 2007 - Sept 2007 CA
  Software Engineering Intern, Image Search Group.
   
  University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA
  May 2005 - August 2005
  Freelance Researcher, Department of Visual Arts
   
  GraphiTech, Center for Advanced Computer Graphics Trento, Italy
  May 2004 - July 2004
  Visiting Researcher
   
  Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur Kanpur, India
  July 2004 - May 2005
  Undergraduate Researcher, Department of Electrical Engineering
   
Publications Journal Papers
  N. Rasiwasia and N. Vasconcelos, "Bridging the Semantic Gap: Query by Semantic Example". In IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, Vol. 9(5), pp. 923-938, August 2007
 
  N. Rasiwasia and N. Vasconcelos, "Holistic Context Models for Visual Recognition". Submitted to IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
 
  Conference Papers
  N. Rasiwasia J. Costa Pereira, E. Coviello, G. Doyle, G.R.G. Lanckriet, R. Levy, N. Vasconcelos, "A New Approach to Cross-Modal Multimedia Retrieval". In ACM Conference on Multimedia, Florence, Italy, Oct 2010 [ORAL]
   
  N. Rasiwasia and N. Vasconcelos, "Holistic Context Modelling using Semantic Co-occurrences". In IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Miami, June 2009
   
  N. Rasiwasia and N. Vasconcelos, "Image Retrieval using Query by Contextual Example". In ACM Conference on Multimedia Information Retrieval, pp. 164-171, Vancouver, Oct 2008
   
  N. Rasiwasia and N. Vasconcelos, "A Systematic Study of the role of Context on Image Classification". In IEEE Conference on Image Processing, pp. 1720-1723, San Diego, Oct 2008 [ORAL]
   
  N. Rasiwasia and N. Vasconcelos, "Scene Classification with Low-dimensional Semantic Spaces and Weak Supervision". In IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, pp. 1-6, Anchorage, June 2008
   
  N. Rasiwasia and N. Vasconcelos, "A study of Query by Semantic Example". In 3rd International Workshop on Semantic Learning and Applications in Multimedia, pp. 1-8, Anchorage, June 2008
   
  N. Rasiwasia, P. J. Moreno and N. Vasconcelos, "Query by Semantic Example". In ACM International Conference on Image and Video Retrieval, LNCS 4071, pp. 51-60, Phoenix, 2006 [ORAL]
  Submitted Papers
  N. Rasiwasia and N. Vasconcelos, "Holistic Context Models for Visual Recognition". Submitted to IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
   
  Bachelor Thesis
  N. Rasiwasia and K. S. Venkatesh, "The Avatar: 3D Face Recognition from two orthogonal pictures with application to facial makeover". Technical Report, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, May 2005
   
Talks Context models for Visual Recognition
Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, Mountain View, USA, July 2009
Google Inc., Mountain View, USA, August 2009
FX Palo Alto Laboratory, Inc., Palo Alto, USA, July 2009
 
  Hierarchical Semantic Representation for Image Retrieval
Emerging Leaders in Multimedia, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY, USA, Oct 2008
 
  A study of Query by Semantic Example
  CVPR Workshop on Semantic Learning and Applications in Multimedia, June 2008
   
Other Surveillance Video Entertainment Network
Projects Freelance Project with Amy Alexander, Department of Visual Arts, UCSD
(Details on website)  
  The Avatar - Virtual 3-D Facial Makeover
  B-Tech final year research project with Prof K S Venkatesh, IIT Kanpur
   
  Gesture Recognition and Real Time Robust Tracking of Human Hand
  Visiting Researcher Project at GraphiTech, Italy
   
  Age Invariant Face Recognition
  Course Project with Prof R M K Sinha, IIT Kanpur
   
  3-D Animation for a Shoe Advertisement
  Professional Project with Prof Rajiv Shekhar, Head SIIC, IIT Kanpur
   
  Corporate design head for Appin Knowledge Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (India)
  Freelance Designer.
   
Relevant Computer Vision - I (Image Analysis, Radiometry, SFM)
Courses Computer Vision - II (Multiple View Geometry), III (Seminar)
  Computational Geometry, Image Processing, Computer Graphics.
  Statistical Learning, Parameter Estimation I-II, Random Processes, Stochastic Processes
  Photographic Strategies, Intermediate Black & White Photography.
  Filter Banks and Wavelets, Digital Signal Processing
   
References Nuno Vasconcelos, Associate Professor
  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  University of California, San Diego
  http://www.svcl.ucsd.edu/~nuno
  Email: nuno@ece.ucsd.edu Phone: (858) 534-5550 Fax: (858) 534-1225
   
  Serge Belongie, Associate Professor
  Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  University of California, San Diego
  http://www.cs.ucsd.edu/~sjb
  Email: sjb@cs.ucsd.edu Phone: (858) 822-5163 Fax: (858) 534-7029
   
  Ken Kreutz-Delgado, Professor
  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  University of California, San Diego
  http://dsp.ucsd.edu/~kreutz
  Email: kreutz@ece.ucsd.edu Phone: (858) 534-7895 Fax: (858) 534-1004
   
  David Kriegman, Professor
  Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  University of California, San Diego
  http://www.cs.ucsd.edu/~kriegman
  Email: kriegman@cs.ucsd.edu Phone: (858) 822-2424 Fax: (858) 534-7029
   
  Anitha Kannan, Researcher
  Microsoft Research, Mountain View
  http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/ankannan
  Email: ankannan@microsoft.com
   
  Chuck Rosenberg, Researcher
  Google Research, Mountain View
  Email: chuck@google.com