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Prof. Ariel Shamir

Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya


Ariel Shamir is a Professor at the school of Computer Science at the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel, where he is currently the vice-dean. Prof. Shamir received his Ph.D. in computer science in 2000 from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He spent two years at the center for computational visualization at the University of Texas in Austin. He was a visiting scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs in Cambridge MA (2006), Disney Research and MIT (2013).

Prof. Shamir has numerous publications in journals and international refereed conferences, and holds several patents. He has a broad commercial experience working with, and consulting numerous companies including Mitsubishi Electric, Disney, PrimeSense (now Apple) and more. He was an associate editor for Computers and Graphics journal (2010-2014), and is currently an associate editor for Computer Graphics Forum. He also served on the program committee of many leading international conferences, including SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia, and Eurographics. Prof. Shamir was named one of the highly cited researchers on the Thomson Reuters list in 2013. He specializes in geometric modeling, computer graphics, image processing and machine learning. He is a member of the ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE Computer and Eurographics associations.


Creating Visual Stories


Similar to text, the amount of visual data in the form of videos and images is growing enormously. One of the key challenges is to understand this data to be able to create content which is semantically meaningful. In this talk I will present several such efforts to “bridge the semantic gap” using humans as “agents”: capturing and utilizing eye movements, body movement or gaze direction. This enables re-editing of existing videos, tracking of sport highlights, creating one coherent video from multiple sources, and more.












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