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  • AI, Biometrics and Computer Vision @ VISTA

    Wed, Feb 20, 2019 @ 03:15 PM - 04:15 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Dr. Wael AbdAlmageed, USC-ISI

    Talk Title: AI, Biometrics and Computer Vision @ VISTA

    Abstract: In this talk, I will describe various ongoing research activities at computer vision group at USC Information Sciences Institute that span core machine learning and artificial intelligence, biometrics, image integrity assessment and fake news detection. In terms of core machine learning, I will present a novel representation (i.e. feature) learning framework for neural networks, called unsupervised adversarial invariance, which learns a split representation of data through competitive learning between a classification task and a reconstruction task coupled with information disentanglement, without needing any labeled information about confounding factors or domain knowledge. Second, in biometrics, I will present the design of a novel biometrics sensor suite that provides rich data for presentation attack detection (i.e. anti-spoofing) for face, iris and fingerprint biometrics. I will also present a deep neural network approach for presentation attack detection using limited amounts of data obtained from the new sensor suite. Finally, I will present two new approaches for assessing the integrity of multimedia assets. The first approach is called BusterNet, in which I will describe a novel convolutional neural network architecture for detection and localization of copy-move image forgeries. The second approach uses joint multimodal embedding to assess the integrity of multimedia packages undergoing semantic manipulations. I will conclude my talk with directions and plans for future research.

    Biography: Dr. Wael AbdAlmageed is a Research Team Leader and Supervising Computer Scientist at the USC Information Sciences Institute (USC ISI). He is the Co-Director of the Center for Video, Image, Speech and Text Analytics (VISTA). He is an expert in computer vision, biometrics and machine learning. His research focus is on developing and applying artificial intelligence techniques to vision, bioinformatics and data analytics problems. His research interests also include mapping machine learning and computer vision algorithms to modern high performance computing platforms. Prior to joining ISI, from 2004 to 2013, Dr. AbdAlmageed was a research scientist with the University of Maryland at College Park, where he led research and development efforts for various DARPA, IARPA and ARL programs, such as VIVID, VIRAT, PerSeas and VACE. He obtained his Ph.D. with Distinction from the University of New Mexico in 2003 where he was also awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student award. He has two patents and over 65 publications in top machine learning, computer vision and high performance computing conferences and journals. Dr. AbdAlmageed is the PI for ISI's effort on IARPA Odin, and DARPA MediFor.

    Host: Profs Richard Leahy & Shrikanth Narayanan

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 248

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mayumi Thrasher


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