VIEW 2012: IEEE Vision Industry and Entrepreneur Workshop at CVPR

Apr 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm in by Computer Vision Central

VIEW 2012: IEEE Vision Industry and Entrepreneur Workshop

At the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2012 in Providence, Rhode Island, June 17th (Ballroom C).

(Click here for pdf of workshop flyer.)


0820 Welcome Message

Sek Chai, General Chair

0840–1000 Invited Talks

0840 Teaching Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Ten Lessons from the Trenches, Terrance Boult (Securics and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs)

0920 Venture Financing, David Sardana (Motorola Solutions Venture Capital)

1000 Morning Break

1030–1230 Computer Vision Companies and Organizations

1030 Poster Spotlights, Session Chair: Himanshu Arora

1100 Poster Session

  • ObjectVideo Intelligent Video Analytics, Peter Venetianer
  • Embedded Vision Alliance, Jeff Bier, Jeremy Giddings
  • InaPic Smart Albums, Kaushal Solanki, Nitin Solanki
  • Immersive Labs: Adaptive Advertising for the Real World, Stephen Moore, Akshay Chavan, Jason Sosa
  • Advanced Surveillance, Sandra Mau, Abbas Bigdeli, Brian Lovell
  • CeeQ: Image-based Privacy and Reputation Management for Social Networks, Sandra Mau, Abbas Bigdeli
  • kooaba: Large-scale Image Retrieval for Real-world Applications, Till Quack, Christian Wengert
  • Cortically Coupled Computer Vision for Image Search, Neophytos Neophytou, Michael A. Repucci, Daniel Rosenthal, Steven E. Barbaro, Barbara Hanna
  • Large Scale Computer Vision at eBay, Anurag Bhardwaj, Wei Di, Raffay Hamid, Robinson Piramuthu, Neel Sundaresan
  • Oblong Industries: The Next Step in Interactive Spatial Operating Systems, David Minnen
  • SRI Vision Technology in Consumer Electronics, Sek Chai, David Zhang
  • Computer Vision for Enterprise and Public Safety at Motorola Solutions, Yan Zhang, Boaz Super, Cuneyt Taskiran, Kevin O’Connell
  • Real-Time Stereo Vision for Reliable and Accurate 3D Measurement, Martin Humenberger, Christian Zinner
  • PICTORRIA: Visual Recognition and Verification as a Service, Mohsen Hejrati, Brian Reinhart, Mohammad Rastegari, Ramesh Jain
  • Computer Vision Central: A Web Destination for the Computer Vision Community, Yu Wang, Boaz Super, Sek Chai
  • Real-Time 3D Gesture Control Based on Depth Estimation, Ching-Chun Hsiao, Chi-Hao Wu, Po-Kuan Huang, Chao-Kang Liao
  • Tandent Vision Science, Patrick Buehler
  • Cognex, David Michael, Pat McMahon, Matthew Bauer
  • Automatic Video Content Training, QA, and Monitoring over Cloud Machines, Ali Zandifar, Jonathan Dodson, Ben Reiter, Robert Impollonia, Michael Sullivan
  • Productify – Product Recognition in the Wild, Giuliano Manno, Andrzej Pronobis, Babak Rasolzadeh
  • IQ Engines, Jack Culpepper

1230 Lunch Break

1330 Poster Wrap-up, Boaz Super

1340–1610 Invited Talks

1340 Innovating in an Emerging Industry: The Opportunity and the Challenge, Richard Friedhoff  (Tandent Vision Science)

1420 Contract Research as an Engine for Innovation and Ventures, Peter Burt (SRI International)

1500 Afternoon Break

1530 Imaging Ventures, Ramesh Raskar (EyeNetra and MIT)

1610–1740 Closing Events

1610 The State of the Computer Vision Industry, Boaz Super (Motorola Solutions)

1630 Panel on “Computer Vision Industry, Entrepreneurship, and Community”,Terrance Boult, David Sardana, Richard Friedhoff, Peter Burt, Ramesh Raskar. Moderator: Sek Chai

1730 Closing Remarks, Sek Chai and Boaz Super


Invited Speakers

Terrance Boult

Terrance Boult

Terrance Boult has 25 years of faculty experience at leading institutions, during which time he has pioneered new educational programs and simultaneously worked outside the university as a serial entrepreneur with three significant startup involvements.  He was the visionary of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Bachelor of Innovation™ family of degrees, and currently teaches primarily in that program. Dr. Boult has won 4 teaching awards and 4 research/innovation awards.  Dr. Boult has published over 160 papers and been awarded 9 patents with 8 pending.  He has developed software/algorithms in use worldwide and on the battlefield. Over his academic career he has been the PI on over 30M$ of government funded research, and been involved in dozens of SBIR/STTR efforts spanning NSF, NIH, DoEd, and DOD (Army, AirForce,  DARPA, OSD, MDA, NAVY,  SOCOM) with multiple Phase II and Phase III successes. As part of Dr. Boult’s El Pomar Chair and Bachelor of Innovation program, he has been working with companies and student teams to help our partners win $5+Million in R&D funding since 2007.

Dr. Boult has been involved in 3 startup companies: two are still in business and one was acquired.  From May 2002 through 2004, he was the founding CTO of Guardian Solutions, a company in advanced video surveillance. At Guardian Solutions, Dr. Boult helped deliver large-scale video analytics to customers such as the second largest cruise ship port, the Marine Corps, and the Army MTMC.  Guardian’s technology was subsequently acquired. In 2004, Dr. Boult founded Securics to commercialize biometrics technology developed at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Since its founding, Securics has brought in more than $7M in funding via contracts, and supported multiple students though their graduate degrees in Dr. Boult’s VAST lab.


Peter Burt

Peter Burt

Peter Burt joined SRI International Sarnoff (formerly Sarnoff Corporation) in 1983 as a member of the technical staff. He has held a number of positions during his tenure, including technical manager, technical director, and director of research and development across Sarnoff’s technical areas. In his current role, Dr. Burt is responsible for SRI Sarnoff’s contract R&D in computer vision.

Dr. Burt is a recognized leader in the field of computer vision. His pioneering contributions to the discipline of multi-resolution pyramid and wavelet image processing have helped Sarnoff become one of the foremost such industrial groups in the world today. His work has been instrumental in providing core vision functions that enable compact, high-performance systems for use in a broad range of commercial and defense applications, such as vehicle navigation or surveillance in rapidly changing environments.

Dr. Burt is the author of over 60 technical papers and has been the featured speaker at numerous technical conferences. He is the recipient of the David Sarnoff Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement, as well as the Sarnoff President’s Award for exceptional leadership in the research, development and application of real-time computer vision technologies.

Prior to joining SRI Sarnoff, Dr. Burt was a member to the electrical engineering faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Richard M. Friedhoff

Richard M. Friedhoff

Richard Mark Friedhoff is the Chief Science Officer, President and Co-Founder of Tandent Vision Science, Inc.

Friedhoff has been interested in science, inventing, innovation and entrepreneurship since childhood. His first peer-reviewed scientific paper was published when he was still in high school but he had already been experimenting and inventing for a number of years. He attended the Dalton School in New York City; Columbia University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, and then studied neurophysiology at Yale. While attending Yale, he worked part-time as a science writer for Walter Cronkite and, through this, met his childhood hero, Edwin H. Land, the legendary industrialist, physicist, inventor, and founder of the Polaroid Corporation. Land, the inventor of such diverse products as the sheet polarizer, the instant camera, and the U2 spy plane was perhaps the greatest and most creative industrial innovator who ever lived and was also a mentor, friend and role model for the late Steve Jobs.

Friedhoff began his professional career as a consultant for Land and the Polaroid Corporation and later worked at Land’s Rowland Institute for Science, now part of Harvard University. Friedhoff’s interest in vision and visual computing stem from this association with the industrialist, who remained a close friend until his death in 1991. Friedhoff has been interested in the connections between Land’s approach to color perception and visual computing for many years and has written two books, Visualization (Abrams, 1988, W.H. Freeman, 1991) and Visual Computing (W.H Freeman, 2001), that include Land’s ideas. This second book is part of the distinguished Scientific American Library series, written by notable experts in various scientific fields, with the foreword written by Nobel Laureate Torsten Wiesel. Friedhoff’s first book prophesied the revolution in visual computing that swept the world in the 1990s.

For many years, Friedhoff has operated a private laboratory where he has pursued research on color algorithms and on other subjects, such as the human-computer interface, cognitive science, and stereoscopic vision, which have been the basis for his two books and various articles and patents.  Tandent Vision Science was founded to exploit fundamental discoveries made in Friedhoff’s laboratory that enable real-world computer vision.  From around the world, Tandent has attracted to its ranks leading academic experts, experienced industrial researchers, as well as some of the most talented recent graduates of leading computer science PhD programs.  The company itself is an experiment in innovation based upon Friedhoff’s management views developed through his association with some of the great innovators of American industry.

During most of his professional life, Friedhoff has also been involved in product and strategy development with the founders and senior management of leading innovation-based companies. In recent years, he has begun speaking to industry about the nature of invention and innovation management. He is currently writing his third book,Through Brick Walls, on the subject of engendering and managing innovation.  Friedhoff has numerous patents and publications in the field of visual computing.  He co-founded Tandent Vision Science in 2005 with the distinguished physicist, inventor and entrepreneur Ray Dolby, founder of Dolby Laboratories.


Ramesh Raskar

Ramesh Raskar

Ramesh Raskar joined the MIT Media Lab from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in 2008 as head of the Lab’s Camera Culture research group. His research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging, and human-computer interaction. Recent inventions include transient imaging to look around a corner, a next-generation CAT-scan machine, imperceptible markers for motion capture (Prakash), long-distance barcodes (Bokode), touch + hover 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen), low-cost eye care devices (NETRA) and new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena.

In 2004, Raskar received the TR100 Award from Technology Review, presented to top young innovators under the age of 35, and in 2003, the Global Indus Technovator Award, instituted at MIT to recognize the top 20 Indian technology innovators worldwide. In 2009, he was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. In 2010, he received the DARPA Young Faculty award. He holds more than 40 US patents, and has received four Mitsubishi Electric Invention Awards. He is currently co-authoring a book on computational photography.


David Sardana

David Sardana

David Sardana is a senior investment associate with Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. In this role, David identifies, executes, and manages strategic minority private equity investments for Motorola Solutions.  He also assists in the analysis, management, and review of the current Motorola Solutions Venture Capital portfolio.

Prior to joining Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, David spent fourteen years working within Motorola’s Home and Networks (H&NM) business unit in various roles. He started his career in engineering where he designed, developed and tested software for CDMA networks for five years. David took on the role of engineering manager where he managed more than 40 engineers who designed and developed software for next generation networks. David’s experience opened the door for him to join H&NM’s portfolio management team where he made recommendations as to how to invest R&D dollars within product lines to maximize returns.

David holds an MBA from DePaul University where he graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


VIEW Organizers

Sek Chai

Sek Chai, General Chair

Sek Chai, PhD, is an R&D technical manager and researcher at SRI International, where he leads a team focused on advanced embedded computing. He is currently working on low-power, high performance systems with applications in robotics, surveillance and intelligence. Prior to joining SRI, Dr. Chai developed imaging and video solutions for next generation mobile devices and home broadband products at Motorola Labs. He co-founded, a leading on-line community for computer vision and related technologies. He oversees the Embedded Vision Workshop series, now in its eighth year. He co-edited a book on Embedded Computer Vision, and contributed a chapter on computer vision for camera phones. He was also a guest editor for a CVIU special issue on embedded vision.  He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. One of his goals is to bridge the gap between academia and industry in the computer vision.



Boaz Super

Boaz Super, Program Chair

Boaz J. Super holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, he co-founded the Center for Vision and Image Sciences (CVIS) at the University of Texas for joint research in human and computer vision.  He then served eight years on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, continuing his research on computer vision, including object recognition and shape matching, shape from texture, fractals, microtomography, stereo, and color; and also research on visual psychophysics in the area of perceptual organization.  He has published his research in journals ranging from IEEE PAMI to Psychological Review.

Boaz Super is currently a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Motorola Solutions, where he has served as Project Lead for numerous projects and as Program Manager for computer vision R&D. He currently leads a joint technology and business development project in the area of computer vision for the retail sector. He has also led two Motorola-university partnerships, and is currently contributing to the development of new models of business innovation within Motorola Solutions.

Boaz Super has published over 30 papers and holds 7 issued patents. He is Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Computer Vision Central, a website for bridging the academic and commercial worlds of computer vision; a member of the Editorial Boards of Pattern Recognition and the Journal of Multimedia; and a member of the Steering Committee for the annual series of IEEE Embedded Computer Vision workshops.


Call For Participation

Once largely an academic discipline, computer vision today is also a commercial force. Startups and global corporations are building businesses based on computer vision technology. These businesses provide computer vision based solutions for the needs of consumers, enterprises in many commercial sectors, non-profits, and governments. The demand for computer vision based solutions is also driving commercial and open-source development in associated areas, including hardware and software platforms for embedded and cloud deployments, new camera designs, new sensing technologies, and compelling applications.

We are introducing the IEEE Vision Industry and Entrepreneur Workshop (VIEW) at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) this year to bridge the academic and commercial worlds of computer vision. The goals of VIEW are:

  • to educate computer vision researchers on startups and commercialization
  • to provide a meeting place for researchers, technologists, businesses, investors, and users.

The program will include talks and panels featuring speakers from startups, major corporations, and the investment community. The program will also include a poster session for startups, industry computer vision teams, and others to introduce themselves. Benefits of participating in VIEW 2012 include both learning and networking.

Call for Posters

Applications to present a poster at VIEW 2012 are solicited from startups, industry teams, non-profits, venture capitalists, and other groups whose activity is based on computer vision technology or is supportive of computer vision technology. The poster session will be different from a typical CVPR workshop poster session: its principal aim is to enable organizations to present themselves for networking, recruiting, publicity, and feedback. Poster presenters will also have an opportunity to participate in an oral poster spotlight session. No proceedings are planned.

Application submissions should consist of a draft poster. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee for relevance, interest, quality, and balance. Presentation of technology, value proposition, team, and competitive landscape are encouraged, but only non-confidential material may be submitted.

Submission Information

The pre-submission should consist of a title and short summary (at most one paragraph) of the content to be included in the poster. The poster submission should be a draft of the poster in a PDF file. Posters must fit within the standard 4-foot tall by 8-foot wide CVPR poster size.

Click here to submit a poster

Questions? Email us at


  • Sek Chai, SRI International, General Chair
  • Boaz Super, Motorola Solutions, Program Chair
  • Himanshu Arora,, Regional Chair, Americas
  • Bernhard Rinner, Klagenfurt University, Regional Chair, EMEA
  • Khanh Vo Duc, NVIDIA, Regional Chair, Asia-Pacific

Important Dates

Title/summary pre-submission Recommended
Poster submission 31 March 2012
Notification 15 April 2012
Workshop 17 June 2012




Call for Participation: PDF file

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