Title: Computer Analysis of Human Behavior
Speaker: Dr. Albert Ali Salah
Date/Time: Oct 14, 2015, 12:40
Place: FENS G035
Abstract: With advances in pattern recognition and multimedia computing, it became possible to analyze human behavior via multimodal sensors, at different time-scales and at different levels of interaction and interpretation. This ability opens up enormous possibilities for multimedia and multimodal interaction, with a potential of endowing the computers with a capacity to attribute meaning to users' attitudes, preferences, personality, social relationships, etc., as well as to understand what people are doing, the activities they have been engaged in, their routines and lifestyles. Re-defining the relationship between the computer and the interacting human, moving the computer from a passive observer role to a socially active participant role and enabling it to drive different kinds of interaction has implications across multiple domains. This talk will summarize our group's research in this area over the last few years, and discuss the relevant issues of human behavior understanding and social signal processing.
Bio: Albert Ali Salah received the Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from Boğaziçi University. He was with the CWI Institute and the Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 2007 to 2011. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Computer Engineering, Boğaziçi University, where he is also the Chair of the Cognitive Science Program. He has authored or co-authored over 150 publications, including the book entitled Computer Analysis of Human Behavior (Springer, 2011). His research interests include computer vision, multimodal interfaces, pattern recognition, and computer analysis of human behavior. Dr. Salah is a member of the IEEE AMD Technical Committee Taskforce on Action and Perception, and the IEEE Biometrics Council. He received the inaugural EBF European Biometrics Research Award for his work on facial feature localization in 2006, and the INTERSPEECH Paralinguistics Grand Challenge Award in 2014 and 2015. He was the Co-Chair for the 6th eNTERFACE International Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces (2010), the 14th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (2014), and the 15th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics (2015). He initiated the International Workshop on Human Behavior Understanding in 2010 and was the Co-Chair from 2010 and 2015. He served as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Trans. Affective Computing, the ACM Trans. Interactive Intelligent Systems, and IEEE Pervasive Computing, and as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. Autonomous Mental Development and JAISE.