Janusz Konrad

Professor (ECE)

  • Title Professor (ECE)
  • Office 8 St. Mary’s St. Room 443
  • Phone (617) 353-1246
  • Education PhD, McGill University, 1989

Research Interests:

  • Visual sensor networks
  • Image and video processing
  • Stereoscopic and 3-D imaging
  • Digital signal processing

Recent Research Projects:

  • BodyLogin – Gesture-Based User Authentication: This project explores the viability of hand gestures (or even full-body actions) as passwords. Gestures are a form of biometric but are revocable (i.e., can be changed if compromised) unlike fingerprints, iris scans or facial recognition.
  • Privacy-Preserving Activity Recognition: In the near future, smart rooms will be able to leverage the understanding of what its occupants are doing (e.g., adjust lighting if a person sits down in front of TV). The recognition of human activities is possible today with cameras, however at the cost of violating occupant’s privacy. This project explores the limits on sensor density and sensor resolution at which an occupant cannot be recognized but his/her actions can.
  • Depth Extraction from 2D images: The goal here is to generate a
  • plausible depth for a scene depicted in a 2D image, while the main application is the conversion of “flat” 2D images to 3D (e.g., stereoscopic) image. The proposed framework assumes a large database of 3D images (stereo or 2D+depth) is available from which the depth of a query is learned.

Abbreviated CV:

Janusz received the Ph.D. degree from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and prior to that the M.Eng. degree from the Technical University of Szczecin, Poland. He has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Communications Magazine, and EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing, and also an Area Editor for the EURASIP Signal Processing: Image Communications journal. He was the General Chair of AVSS-2013, Tutorials Co-Chair of ICIP-2015 and ICASSP-2004, and Technical Program Co-Chair of ICIP-2000 and AVSS-2010. He is a member-at-large of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Conference Board. He is a co-recipient of the 2001 Signal Processing Magazine Award and 2004­05 EURASIP Image Communications Best Paper Award as well as a co-author of the AVSS-2010 Best Paper and co-winner of the 2010 ICPR Aerial View Activity Classification Challenge.


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Research Areas
Information Sciences

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