[2019-09-27] Prof. Petros Maragos, National Technical University of Athens, "Multisensory Video Processing and Learning For Human-Robot Interaction"(English Speech)

Poster:Post date:2019-08-20
Title: Multisensory Video Processing and Learning For Human-Robot Interaction
Date: 2019-09-27 2:20pm-3:30pm
Location: R101, CSIE
Speaker: Prof. Petros Maragos, National Technical University of Athens
Hosted by: Prof. Chiou-Shann Fuh


In many human-robot interaction (HRI) application areas where multisensory processing and recognition is greatly needed, multimodality occurs naturally and cross-modal integration increases performance. This talk addresses the multisensory spatio-temporal processing of visual information together with its fusion with the speech/audio modality as applied to two different HRI areas: assistive and social robotics. Our coverage will include theory, algorithms and integrated applications for specific groups like elderly users and children. We shall begin with a synopsis of state-of-the-art works for multisensory and visual processing and machine learning models that can be effectively trained with a relatively small amount of data, which is very important when we deal with elderly users and children. Moreover, in the present state of our information society, we are witnessing a very rapid expansion of multimodal and multisensory content, with huge volumes of multimedia content being continuously created. Motivated by the multimodal way humans perceive their environment, complementary information sources have been successfully used in many applications, such as human action recognition where the audio-visual cues pose many challenges at the level of features, information stream modeling and fusion. Thus, in the second part of this talk, we will focus on the major application area, which is Human-Robot Interaction, for social, edutainment and healthcare applications, including audio-gestural commands recognition and multi-view human action recognition. Established results and recent advances from our research in the three EU projects MOBOT, I-SUPPORT and BABYROBOT will also be discussed. More information and related papers can be found in http://cvsp.cs.ntua.gr and http://robotics.ntua.gr.
Petros Maragos received the Diploma in E.E. from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1980 and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Tech, Atlanta, in 1982 and 1985. In 1985, he joined the faculty of the Division of Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where he worked for eight years as professor of electrical engineering affiliated with the Harvard Robotics Lab. In 1993, he joined the faculty of the School of ECE at Georgia Tech, affiliated with its Center for Signal and Image Processing. During periods of 1996-98 he had a joint appointment as director of research at the Institute of Language and Speech Processing in Athens. Since 1999, he has been working as professor at the NTUA School of ECE, where he is currently the director of the Intelligent Robotics and Automation Lab. He is also the coordinator of a robotics perception & interaction research unit at the Athena Research and Innovation Center. He has held visiting positions at MIT in 2012 and at UPenn in 2016. His research and teaching interests include signal processing, machine learning, image processing and computer vision, audio-speech & language processing, and robotics. He has served as: member of IEEE SPS technical committees; associate editor for the IEEE Trans. on ASSP and IEEE Trans. on PAMI, editorial board member and guest editor for several journals on signal processing, image analysis and vision; co-organizer of several conferences and workshops on image processing, computer vision, multimedia and robotics (including recently EUSIPCO 2017 as general chair). He has also served on the Greek National Council for Research and Technology. His is the recipient or co-recipient of several awards for his academic work, including a 1987-1992 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, a 1988 IEEE SPS Young Author Best Paper Award, a 1994 IEEE SPS Senior Best Paper Award, the 1995 IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Award for the most outstanding original paper, the 1996 Pattern Recognition Society's Honorable Mention Award, the EURASIP 2007 Technical Achievement Award for contributions to nonlinear signal, image and speech processing, and the Best Paper Award of the IEEE CVPR-2011 Gesture Recognition Workshop. He was elected a Fellow of IEEE in 1995 and a Fellow of EURASIP in 2010 for his research contributions. He has served as IEEE SPS Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2018.
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