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Derek W. Hoiem

Associate Professor

Primary Affiliation

Intelligence, Learning, and Plasticity


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Department of Computer Science

Phone 333-0806



  • Biography

    I am an associate professor of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). My main interest is in general visual scene understanding. Scene understanding is the ability to infer general principles and current situations in a way that helps to achieve goals. So far, much progress has been made by breaking down vision into a set of narrowly defined tasks and tackling them as independent pattern matching or image processing problems. I want to think of vision in terms of real-world space, surfaces, objects, and relations. I also want to develop frameworks that allow visual knowledge to be accumulated, so that each task contributes to a worldview that makes learning new tasks easier. My past includes a Postgraduate Beckman Fellowship at UIUC, Ph.D. at the Robotics Institute at CMU with Alyosha Efros and Martial Hebert, and collaborations at Intel Research Pittsburgh and Microsoft Research Cambridge. See my bio for more details.