Google at CVPR 2011

June 16, 2011

Posted by Mei Han and Sergey Ioffe, Research Team

The computer vision community will get together in Colorado Springs the week of June 20th for the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR 2011). This year will see a record number of people attending the conference and 27 co-located workshops and tutorials. The registration was closed at 1500 attendees even before the conference started.

Computer Vision is at the core of many Google products, such as Image Search, YouTube, Street View, Picasa, and Goggles, and as always, Google is involved in several ways with CVPR. Andrew Senior is serving as an area chair of CVPR 2011 and many Googlers are reviewers. Googlers also co-authored these papers:

If you are attending the conference, stop by Google’s exhibition booth. In addition to talking with Google researchers, you will get to see examples of exciting computer vision research that has made it into Google products including, among others, the following:

  • Google Earth Facade Shadow Removal by Mei Han, Vivek Kwatra, and Shengyang Dai
    We will demonstrate our technique for removing shadows and other lighting/texture artifacts from building facades in Google Earth. We obtain cleaner, clearer, and more uniform textures which provide users with an improved visual experience.
  • Video Stabilization on YouTube Editor by Matthias Grundmann, Vivek Kwatra, and Irfan Essa
    Casually shot videos captured by handheld or mobile cameras suffer from significant amount of shake. In contrast, professionally shot video usually employs stabilization equipment such as tripods or camera dollies, and employ ease-in and ease-out for transitions. Our technique mimics these cinematographic principles, by optimally dividing the original, shaky camera path into a set of segments and approximating each with either constant, linear or parabolic motion using a computationally efficient and stable algorithm. We will showcase a live version of our algorithm, featuring real-time performance and interactive control, which is publicly available at
  • Tag Suggest for YouTube by George Toderici and Mehmet Emre Sargin
    YouTube offers millions of users the opportunity to upload videos and share them with their friends. Many users would love to have their videos discoverable but don't annotate them properly. One new feature on YouTube that seeks to address this problem is tag prediction based on video content and independently based on text metadata.

6/17/2011 UPDATE: "Posted by" was changed to include Sergey Ioffe.