Postdoctoral Researchers

AbirAbir Das

Abir Das is a visiting research scholar in the department of Computer Science at Boston University. He is with the Image and Video Computing Group since September 2016, with Professor Kate Saenko as his advisor. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science Department at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Riverside (UCR) under the guidance of Professor Amit Kumar Roy-Chowdhury. His PhD work involved the problems of tracking and re-identifying a large number of people over a network of cameras. More recently he started working on the intersection of language and vision, specifically, exploring the latest techniques in deep neural-networks towards generating natural language descriptions of videos.

PhD Students


Sarah Adel Bargal

Sarah joined the Image and Video Computing group in 2013. She is advised by Prof. Stan Sclaroff. Sarah is interested in machine learning and computer vision. She is particularly interested in developing deep learning formulations for the analysis of human motion and activities in video.



Qi Feng

Qi Feng, also know as Fred Fung, joined the Image and Video Computing group at Boston University in 2017. He is advised by Professor Stan Sclaroff. His research interests lie in the intersection of deep learning, computer vision with applications in natural language understanding. Before joining IVC, he received his Masters of Science degree in Computer Science at New York University.



Wenxin Feng

Wenxin Feng is a Ph.D. candidate in the Image and Video Computing group at Boston University. Her research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction, with a focus on user interfaces and assistive technology. She designs assistive interfaces to help people with severe motor impairments to better access computing devices. With her team at Pison Technology, she won the ALS Assistive Technology Challenge in 2016. Prior to Boston University, she earned her B.E. from Renmin University of China in 2012.



Kun He

Kun He is a PhD candidate in computer science, advised by Prof. Stan Sclaroff. He is interested in computer vision and machine learning, particularly in solving problems such as image retrieval and object recognition. Kun obtained a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Boston University in 2013; before that, he graduated from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering.



Mona Jalal

Mona is a first year CS Ph.D. fellow in computer vision working with Professor Margrit Betke. Prior to joining BU, she was an R&D Engineer 1 at University of California, Berkeley working on gesture recognition for augmented reality at Center for Augmented Cognition with Dr. Allen Yang. Prior to that she obtained a double degree master’s in EE and CS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Her main interests are language and vision, semantic segmentation, action recognition, gesture recognition and facial analysis and in a broader term applying machine learning and deep learning methods to problems in the natural language understanding, computer/robot vision and human-centered artificial intelligence.


Ajjen Joshi

Ajjen Joshi joined the Image and Video Computing group in 2012 after graduating from Connecticut College, where he majored in Computer Science and Architectural Studies and completed a certificate program in Arts and Technology. His broad research interests lie in computer vision, machine learning, and human computer interaction. He is also interested in the fields of art, architecture, and photography.



Donghyun Kim

Donghyun Kim is a Ph.D. student in the Image and Video Computing Group, which he joined in 2017. He is advised by Prof. Stan Sclaroff. He received his Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, where he worked on 3D face modeling and recognition with Prof. Gerard Medioni and Dr. Jongmoo Choi in the Computer Vision Group. His research interests are in the areas of computer vision and deep learning.



Siddharth Mysore

Sid joined the Image and Video Computing group in 2017. He is currently advised by Prof. Kate Saenko. Prior to starting his PhD at BU, he obtained a MSE in Robotics from the University of Pennsylvania and a MEng in Mechatronic Engineering from The University of Nottingham. Sid’s interests are in improving the utility of vision in more natural environments, granting machines a better sense for geometric and spatiotemporal characteristics of and relationships between objects, and using context to build on learned or determined priors to better understand the relevance and larger meaning of visual information in the scene in which it is presented. He is especially interested in potential impact of such studies applied to robotics and augmented reality.


Xingchao Peng

Xingchao Peng is a Ph.D student advised by Prof. Kate Saenko, and joined IVC group in 2016. His research interest focuses on computer vision and machine learning, particularly on transfer learning, object classification and detection. Before joining IVC, he spent two years of his Ph.D career in University of Massachusetts Lowell. He got his bachelor’s degree from EECS department of Peking University in 2013. During undergraduate study, he did some research work on scene recognition in PKU ICTS LAB, advised by Prof. Yuxin Peng.



Vasili Ramanishka

Vasili Ramanishka joined the Image and Video Computing research group at Boston University in 2016, and is advised by Prof. Kate Saenko. Currently he is working on applications of machine learning to image and language understanding.


Elham Saraeeelham

Elham Saraee joined the Image and Video Computing group at Boston University after completing her Bachelors in Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology. She is advised by Prof. Margrit Betke and Prof. Stan Sclaroff. Her research focuses on computer vision and applied machine learning. In particular, she is interested in facial, gesture and posture analysis of human.



Ben Usman

Ben Usman joined the Image and Video Computing group at Boston University in 2016. He is advised by Prof. Kate Saenko. His research interests lie in the intersection of deep learning, Bayesian inference and numerical linear algebra with applications in natural language and image understanding. Before that, he earned a degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.



Huijuan Xu

Huijuan is a PhD student in the computer science department at Boston University, advised by Professor Kate Saenko. Her research focuses on deep learning, computer vision and natural language processing, particularly in the area of visual question answering and video language description.



Yi Zheng

Yi started the PhD program in the computer science Department at Boston University in 2017. He is advised by Prof. Margrit Betke. Prior to joining BU, Yi graduated from the University of Southern California and worked as an algorithm engineer in image quality team in General Electrics, Healthcare department for one year. His primary research interests focus on computer vision and machine learning. In the past year, he has worked on object detection for digital radiography and X-ray equipment.


UROP/REU and MA students

Srivathsa Rajagopal MS expected 2017
Saurabh Singh MEng expected 2017
Jia Yao BA expected 2017


Vitaly Ablavsky PhD, 2011. Now Senior
Research Scientist, Department of Computer Science, Boston University
Wajeeha Akram MA 2007
Omar Al-Hinai Master’s degree, 2005.
Jonathan Alon PhD, 2006. Now with EZFace
Vassilis Athitsos PhD, 2006. Now a professor at U. Texas at Arlington.
Angshuman Bagchi Masters Degree, 2006. Senior Software Developer at Bloomberg.
Qinxun Bai PhD, 2016. Now with Hikvision Research America.
Andrew Barbarello Masters Degree, 2013. Now at SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic.
Mikhail Breslav PhD, 2016. Now with HP Labs.
Johanna Brewer Masters Degree 2004
Brian Borucki UROP summer 2016
Dan Buzan Masters Degree, 2003.
Fatih Cakir PhD, 2017. Now at FirstFuel Software.
Esra Cansizoglu Masters Degree 2009.
R. Gokberk Cinbis Masters 2010. PhD, 2014 from INRIA, Grenoble Rhone-Alps
Caitlin Connor BA 2009. Teach for America.
Eric Cornelius BA 2010
Stephen Crampton Masters Degree, 2004. The Dwight-Englewood School first. Now Amazon
Jacqueline Crescimanno BA 2010
Sarah Dubauskas BA Degree, May 2003.
Randa Elanwar Postdoctoral Researcher, 2015-2016. Now at Electronics Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt.
Sam Epstein
Murat Erdem PhD, 2008. Now with Object Video.
Mattia Gentil UROP, 2016. Now in Italy.
Mikhail Gorman Masters Degree, 2006. Now with Bluestreak, Inc.
Danna Gurari PhD, 2015. Now assistant professor at U. Texas Austin.
Oleg Gusyatin BA/MA 2004. First Cytyc and Hypermed. Now MIT Lincoln Labs.
Luis Hernandez Masters Degree, 2004.
Harrison Hong MA Degree, May 2003. Now at Revealimaging Technologies, Inc.
David Maurice House BA 2010 now working at MIT
Nazli Ikizler Cinbis Post-Doctoral Associate 2008-2010. Now on faculty at Hacettepe University.
Eric Immermann BA 2008
John Isidoro PhD, 2004. Now with ATI
John Joseph BA, UROP 2013.
Siripong Kaewyou Masters Degree, 1995
Seule Ki Kim Masters Degree, 2013. Now at Intuit, CA
Andrew Kurauchi Visiting PhD Student 2014-2015 from University of Sao Paulo
Chris Kwan BA/MA 2011. Now at at Lattice Engines
Marco La Cascia Visiting Researcher, 1996-1999. Now a professor at University of Palermo
Kevin Law BA 2005. Now with Google.
Dasom Lee BA, UROP 2013.
Edward Lee Masters Degree, 2005.
Rui Li Ph.D 2009. Now a research scientist at GE Global Research.
Tianqiang Liu Masters degree 2011. Now at Orbeus
Lifeng Liu PhD, 2000. Now at Cognex, Inc..
Liliana Lo Presti Post-Doctoral Associate 2011-2013. Now Postdoc at University of Palermo, Italy
Shugao Ma PhD, 2016. Now with Oculus Research.
John Magee PhD, 2011. Assistant professor at Clark University.
Hani Mawlawi Masters Degree, 1996. Now at Northrop Grumman-Canada.
Peter McNerney MA, September 2003. Formerly at USC’s Integrated Media, now at DreamWorks
Eric Missimer
William Mullally Ph.D 2009. Now with Reveal Imaging Technologies, Inc.
Walter Nunziati Visiting PhD student Dec 2004-May 2005. With VIPLAB at U. of Florence.
Lisa Basile Premerlani MA 2007. Now with MIT Lincoln Labs.
Chekema Prince Bachelors Degree, 2002. Now working at MIT.
Marianne Procopio BA/MA 2007. MIT Lincoln Labs.
Romer Rosales PhD, 2002. Now research staff at LinkedIn.
Jason Ruel Masters Degree, 2003. MB at U. Washington in 2005. Now at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
Mehrnoosh Sameki PhD, 2017. Now at Rue La La.
Matthew Scott BA 2004. Development Lead at Microsoft.
Saratendu Sethi Masters Degree, 2000. Now Director of Engineering, Teragram Corp.
Maria Shugrina BA 2007. Now PhD student at MIT.
Matheen Siddiqui M.S., 2002. Now Researcher in the Applied Sciences Group, Microsoft.
Leon Sigal Masters Degree, 1999. Now a research scientist at Disney Research, Pittsburgh.
Luke Skelly MA 2007, now with MIT Lincoln Labs.
Alexandra Stefan Masters Degree, 2008. Now at U. Texas at Arlington.
Kenda Stewart BA Degree, May 2003. JD at Cornell University, 2006. Now at Virtusa.
Sridevi Suresh UROP 2013-2014.
Leyong (Alex) Tan Masters Degree in September 2011
Shuang Tang Masters Degree, 2005.
Leonid Taycher Masters Degree, 1997. PhD, MIT. Now at Twitter.
Ashwin Thangali PhD, 2013. Now on research staff at Vecna Technologies
Diane H. Theriault PhD, 2015. BA, 2004. Now software engineer at Google.
Tai-Peng Tian PhD, 2011. Senior Researcher, Apple, Inc.
Laura Tiberii MA, 2006.
Mikhail Urison MA 2003
Javier Flavio Vigueras Gomez Visiting Scholar 2010-11. Now on faculty at Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Benjamin Waber BA/MA 2006. PhD 2011 from MIT Media Lab. Now CEO of Sociometric Solutions
Jingbin Wang PhD 2007. Now with Google.
Jared Wickman Masters Degree, 2007.
Zheng Wu PhD, 2012. Post-Doctoral Associate, 2012-2013. Now senior computer vision engineer at Mathworks, Inc.
Hee Deok Yang Visiting Student 2005-2006. Now Assistant Professor at Chosun University.
Emily Yu CRA-W Distributed Mentoring Program, student at Williams College, class of 2011
Quan Yuan Ph.D 2009. Currently Senior Imaging Scientist at Ventana Medical Systems.
Jianming Zhang PhD, 2016. Now with Adobe Research.
Jing Zhong Masters Degree, 2004. Now with Amicas