Stan Sclaroff

Associate Dean of the Faculty, Mathematical & Computational Sciences Professor (CS, ECE)

Associate Dean of the Faculty, Mathematical & Computational Sciences
Professor (CS, ECE)

  • Primary Appointment Mathematical & Computational Sciences
  • Education MIT, Media Laboratory: Ph.D. (1995), S.M. (1991).
    Tufts University, B.S. (1984), majors in Computer Science and English.
  • Additional Affiliations Department of Computer Science
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Honors and Awards Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research, 1996.
    Faculty Early Career Development Award, National Science Foundation, 1996.
    Elevated to Senior Member, IEEE, 2004.
    Best Paper Prize, IEEE Workshop on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition for Human Communicative Behavior
    Analysis (with V. Athitsos, C. Neidle, J. Poole-Nash, A. Stefan, Q. Yuan, and A. Thangali) 2008.
    Best Paper Prize, Int. Conf. on Document Analysis and Recognition (with J. Alon and V. Athitsos), 2005.

    5590261, A Finite Element for Image Morphing and Alignment, December 31, 1996.
  • Classes Taught Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching:
    1. CS 111 (Spring 05). Introduction to Computer Science in Java.
    2. CS 113 (Spring 96 and 00). Introduction to Computer Science II with Intensive C/C++.
    3. CS 480/680 (Spring 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 08, 10, 11, 12, 13, Fall 00, 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 14, 15). Introduction to Computer Graphics.
    4. CS 542 (Spring 07, 09, 15) Machine Learning.
    5. CS 580 (Fall 97, 99, Spring 01, 02, 04, 06). Advanced Computer Graphics.
    6. CS 585 (Fall 96 and 98). Introduction to Image and Video Computing.
    7. CS 591-A1 (Spring 95 and 96). Seminar in Computer Graphics.
    8. CS 835-A1 (Fall 95). Seminar in Image and Video Computing.
    9. Undergraduate Directed Study. Chris Abernethy and Rosa Lin (Spring 98), Abdulwajid Mohamed (Fall 98), Max Frenkel (Spring 99), Matheen Siddiqui (Fall 99), and Michael Ourinson (Spring 02), Kevin Law (Fall 04, Spring 05), Michael Chau (Spring 05), Rich Marscher (Spring 09).
  • Research Areas Computer vision, pattern recognition and machine learning.


Stan Sclaroff joined the BU Department of Computer Science in 1995 after completing his PhD at MIT. He founded the Image and Video Computing research group at Boston University in 1995. He served as the Chair of the Department from 2007-2013. Stan’s research interests are in computer vision, pattern recognition, and machine learning.

Stan is an expert in the areas of tracking, video-based analysis of human motion and gesture, deformable shape matching and recognition, as well as image/video database indexing, retrieval, and data mining methods. He developed one of the first content-based image retrieval systems for the Internet, the ImageRover, years before Google Image Search appeared. His more recent work has focused on human tracking algorithms, analysis and identification of hand motion related to sign language, and filtering methods for multimedia retrieval.


Affiliation: Primary & Affiliated Faculty (ECE)