Visual Computing Lab
Faculty of Science
Ontario Tech University (formerly UOIT)
UA4000, 2000 Simcoe St. N.,
Oshawa, ON L1G OC5 Canada
(905) 721-8668 x 3626
Please read this if you are considering doing an honours thesis with me.
Please read this if you are considering doing graduate studies under my supervision.
Congratulations to Mir Afgan Talpur who successfully defended his thesis on a modular approach to image matting.
Welcome Negin Tabaraki and Neha Ejaz who are joining visual computing lab to pursue M.Sc. in computer science.
Congratulations to Michael Lombardo for successfully defending his M.Sc. thesis on parsing genetic models.
I now have a status-only appoinment in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology (CSB) at the University of Toronto. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in CSB.
Welcoming two new members. Hamoon Jafarian and Roya Dehghani are joining visual computing lab to pursue M.Sc. in computer science.
I am both honoured and excited to be nominated for the
Student Choice Award. This year it is particularly
meaningful given the larger COVID-19 context and the sudden shift to
online teaching and learning. Though we do not see each other in
physical spaces, my interactions with my students continue to be the
most enjoyable part of my job. Thank you, my students!
Thank you SOSCIP
cloud and deep learning computing resources for our work with Mitacs and
Welcome Mohamed Zayed who is joining visual computing lab to pursue M.Sc. in computer science.
Check out our c++
Check out our computer vision notebooks here
Welcome Shima Rezasoltani and Afgan Mir Talpur, who are joining visual computing lab to pursue graduate studies in computer science. Shima will be working towards her Ph.D. in computer science, whereas Afgan is returning to VCLab to work towards his M.Sc. in computer science.
Check out Webify
. A Python tool to convert plaintext to beautiful course notes
and websites. Now it supports a live mode that can be used to maintain
I am now serving as the secretary for the Canadian Image Processing
and Pattern Recognition Society (CIPPRS
Just got the official confirmation. I will be promoted to
Full Professor starting July 1, 2020.
Our work Improving Hyperspectral Image Segmentation by
Applying Inverse Noise Weighting and Outlier Removal for Optimal Scale
received the second place
2020 American Association of Geographers (AAG), Remote Sensing
Specialty Group, Student Honors Competition
. This is joint work
with my student Kiran Mantripragada and our colleagues Phuong D. Dao and
at the Remote
Sensing and Spatial Ecosystem Modeling laboratory
, University of
Toronto Mississauga. Phuong presented this work at the AAG meeting.
VCLab received a $120,000 Mitacs Accelerate Grant
develop a data-driven framework for integrating visual inspection
into injection moulding pipeline
. Our partner organization is Axiom Plastics Inc.
I took part in the science
organized by Glenforest Secondary School STEM
team. The students asked some very interesting questions, and I had a
I am visiting Prof. OMattias
at Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden where I am
scheduled to give two talks. First talk, is a public seminar titled
“Deep learning meets computer vision,” and the second talk will discuss
our recent work on joint layer and spatial attention network
and image inpainting
My student Tony Joseph is presenting our work on “Joint Spatial and
Layer Attention for Convolutional Networks” at the Evolution
of Deep Learning Symposia
organized by Vector Institute
to celebrate the
work and achievements of Prof. Geoff Hinton
Turing Award Winner. My co-author Martin Magill is also presenting our
work on “Neural Networks for DNNs” at this symposia. I am
particulary thrilled about this; my very first graduate course was with
Prof. Hinton back when deep learning wasn’t a thing.
Welcome Chirag Karia and Michael Lombardo, who are joining visual computing lab to pursue graduate studies in computer science.
Our work on Structure Guided Image Inpainting using Edge
is accepted to appear in the ICCV19 workshop on Advances in Image
. This is joint work with our colleagues in the Imaging
I am now a Senior Member of
Our paper Joint Spatial and Layer Attention for Convolutional
is accepted as a spotlight at BMVC19
! This is joint work with Tony
Joseph and Prof. Kosta Derpanis (Ryerson University and Samsung AI Lab
Starting July 1st, 2019, I will be serving as the Graduate
Program Director for Ontario Tech University Computer Science
Tony Joseph successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis.
I am both honoured and excited to be nominated for the
Student Choice Award. My interactions with an amazing
group of students is truly the most enjoyable part of my job. Thank you,
Check out our EdgeConnect
work on image inpainting
. Code for this
paper is available at Github
Check out new project page on stream algebra for computer
vision pipelines here
Welcome Salik Nadeem. Salik has joined visual computing lab to pursue M.Sc. in computer science. He did his undergraduate at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan.
Check out our NeurIPS18 paper on neural networks for
Michael Lombardo was runner-up in the undergrad category at CSearch
. Congrats Michael!
Our paper on neural networks for DNNs
accepted at appear at NuerIPS 2018
Welcome Michael Stergianis. Michael has joined the visual computing lab to pursue M.Sc. computer science.
Our paper on video summarization on commodity
hardware has been accepted to appear at 12th ACM International
Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras 2018.
Welcome Hunter Thompson. Hunter has joined the visual computing lab to pursue M.Sc. computer science.
Welcome Ghazal Reshad. Ghazal has joined the visual computing lab to pursue M.Sc. computer science.
Welcome Michael Lombardo. Michael will be spending his summer in the lab as an NSERC USRA.
Wesley Taylor successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis on video
summarization on commodity hardware. Congratulations, Wesley!
Check out webify
, a python
wrapper and a little bit more than that to convert markdown, yaml and
mustache content to websites and pdf documents using pandoc.
Welcome Miguel Jose Mendez. Miguel has joined the visual computing lab to pursue M.Sc. computer science.
Welcome Kiran Mantripragada. Kiran has joined the visual computing lab to pursue Ph.D. computer science.
Attending ITEA3 Project Outline Preparation Days 2017 in Berlin.
Our paper, "Fast estimation of large displacement optical flow using dominant motion patterns and sub-volume patchmatch filtering" received the Best Computer Vision Paper award at Computer Robot Vision 2017.
David Nemirovsky successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis. Congrats, David!
Michael Stergianis will again spend the summer months at VCLab as NSERC USRA. Welcome back, Michael!
Two papers accepted to CRV 2017.
Paper presenting formal algebra (for vision streams) implementation accepted to ICDSC 2016
Michael Stergianis receives NSERC USRA
Wesley Taylor receives Ontario Graduate Scholarship
Luis Zarrabeitia joined Google
Two papers accepted to WACV 2016
I am a professor of computer science at the University of Ontario
Institute of Technology. I also direct the visual computing lab that
focuses on problems residing at the intersection of pattern recognition,
computer vision, visual sensor networks, large-scale processing and
Visual computing lab is involved in number of exciting research
- coordination and control in ad hoc networks of visual sensor
- integration of mobile cameras into traditional video surveillance
- nano-scale image analysis;
- multi-object tracking;
- streaming frameworks for on-line vision systems;
- crowd synthesis and analysis;
- depth and motion estimation from image pairs; and
- virtual vision — 3D software laboratories for camera networks
Computer Vision (graduate course)
Advanced Topics in High-Performance Computing
Last offered Fall 2017
Programming Workshop II
Last offered Winter 2021
Topics in Digital Media
Last offered Fall 2018
Simulation and Modeling
Last offered Winter 2020
From time to time I find myself compelled to do some coding. Below I list some open source software that I have written that you may find useful.
- Webify, a python wrapper around pandoc to generate websites and pdf documents from markdown, yaml and mustache files.
- Distributed virtual vision simulator
- A python utility to export itunes playlists
- A python utility for setting captions of images based upon their filenames