My name is Patrick, I am a Software Engineer at Microsoft in Boston. Until 2010, I was a PhD student and a member of the Visual Geometry Group at the University of Oxford. My supervisors were Prof. Andrew Zisserman, Dr. Mark Everingham and Prof. Sir Michael Brady.
Prior to my PhD studies, I spent an amazing year in Japan working for Asahi Kasei on visual drowsiness recognition. Furthermore, I was jointly funded by a Fulbright and German State scholarship to study for a year at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I received my Master's degree (German: Diplom) in Computer Science & Computer Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.
My main R&D interests are in Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Intrinsic Imaging, and Medical Image Processing. For the last couple of years, I have been working on detecting and understanding illumination in images. My focus has been on realistic out-door environments, where current Pattern Recognition algorithms perform badly due to strong lighting effects, or cast shadows.