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Katsushi Ikeuchi
Microsoft Research Asia

e-Intangible Heritage

Tangible heritage, such as temples and statues, is disappearing day-by-day due to human and natural disaster. In-tangible heritage, such as folk dances, local songs, and dialects, has the same story due to lack of inheritors and mixing cultures. We have been developing methods to preserve such tangible and in-tangible heritage in the digital form. This project, which we refer to as e-Heritage, aims not only record heritage, but also analyze those recorded data for better understanding as well as display those data in new forms for promotion and education. 

This talk mainly covers how to preserve in-tangible heritage, in particular, preservation of Japanese and Taiwanese folk dances. The first half of my talk covers how to display such a Japanese folk dance on a humanoid robot. Here, we follow the paradigm, learning-from-observation, in which a robot learns how to dance from observing human dance. Due to the physical difference between a human and a robot, the robot cannot mimic the entire human actions. Instead, the robot first extracts important actions of a dance, referred to key poses, only exactly mimics those key poses and then interpolates interval trajectories as much as possible but within the limit of the robot capabilities. The second half of my talk covers our effort to apply similar technics to Taiwanese folk dances. Here, I concentrate on the analysis of the key poses and how such key poses relate to their social institutions.


Dr. Katsushi Ikeuchi is a Principal Researcher of Microsoft Research. He received a Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1978.  After working at AI Lab of MIT as a pos-doc fellows for three years, Electrotechnical Lab, Japan as a researcher for five years, Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University as a faculty member for ten years, the University of Tokyo as a faculty member for nineteen years, he joined Microsoft Research Asia in 2015. His research interest spans computer vision, robotics, and computer graphics. He has received several awards, including IEEE-PAMI Distinguished Researcher Award, the Okawa Prize from the Okawa foundation, and 紫綬褒章 (the Medal of Honor with Purple ribbon) from the Emperor of Japan. He is a fellow of IEEE, IEICE, IPSJ, and RSJ.


Raquel Urtasun
University of Toronto

Towards Affordable Self-driving Cars

The revolution of self-driving cars will happen in the near future. Most solutions rely on expensive 3D sensors such as LIDAR as well as hand-annotated maps. Unfortunately, this is neither cost effective nor scalable, as one needs to have a very detailed up-to-date map of the world.In this talk, I’ll review our current efforts in the domain of autonomous driving. In particular, I'll present our work on stereo, optical flow, appearance-less localization, 3D object detection as well as creating HD maps from visual information alone. This results in a much more scalable and cost-effective solution to self-driving cars.


Raquel Urtasun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto and a Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning and Computer Vision. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Professor at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC), an academic computer science institute affiliated with the University of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Computer Science department at Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2006 and did her postdoc at MIT and UC Berkeley. Her research interests include machine learning, computer vision and robotics. Her recent work involves perception algorithms for self-driving cars, deep structured models and exploring problems at the intersection of vision and language. She is a recipient of an NVIDIA Pioneers of AI Award, a Ministry of Education and Innovation Early Researcher Award, two Google Faculty Research Awards, a Connaught New Researcher Award and a Best Paper Runner up Prize awarded at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). She is also Program Chair of CVPR 2018, an Editor of the International Journal in Computer Vision (IJCV) and has served as Area Chair of multiple machine learning and vision conferences (i.e., NIPS, UAI, ICML, ICLR, CVPR, ECCV, ICCV).