Dr. Derya Akkaynak
Princeton University, Postdoctoral
Dr. Anthony Hoogs
Kitware Inc. Senior Director of Computer Vision
Prof. Suchendra Bhandarkar
University of
Dr. Derya Akkaynak is a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. She is a mechanical engineer and oceanographer (PhD MIT & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ‘14) whose research focuses on problems in underwater imaging and computer vision. In addition to using off-the-shelf RGB cameras for scientific data acquisition underwater, she also uses hyperspectral sensors to investigate how the world appears to non-human animals. Derya has professional, technical, and scientific diving certifications and has conducted fieldwork in the Bering Sea, Red Sea, Antarctica, Caribbean, Northern and Southern Pacific and Atlantic, and her native Aegean.
Dr. Hoogs is the Senior Director of Computer Vision at Kitware, a small software R&D firm based on open source. Dr. Hoogs has a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998, an M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991; and a B.A. from Amherst College in 1989. He conducts research in various areas of computer vision including: event, activity, behavior recognition; motion pattern learning and anomaly detection; tracking; visual semantics; image segmentation; object recognition; and content-based retrieval. He serves on the steering committee of the National Marine Fisheries Service Strategic Initiative on Automated Image Analysis, and was a General Co-Chair for CVPR 2017; the Winter conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) 2016&2018; Workshops Co-Chair, Corporate Relations Chair (multiple times), and Area Chair (multiple times) for CVPR; program Co-Chair for WACV; steering committee for WACV.
Dr. Suchendra Bhandarkar received a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University in 1989. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Georgia where he directs the Visual and Parallel Computing Laboratory (VPCL). He has over 25 years of research experience in the fields of Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, and published over 170 articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and archival journals. Dr. Bhandarkar serves on the editorial board of the Computer Journal and on the program committees of several international conferences and symposia. He serves on the technical committees for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, and Multimedia Computing in the IEEE Computer Society and the technical committee for Robot Vision in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. His research has been funded by various government agencies such as the NSF, NIH, DOE, USDA and DOD. He serves as a consultant to various government agencies and start-up companies under the SBIR initiative. He is a member of the professional societies IEEE, AAAI, ACM and SPIE and honor societies ΦΚΦ and ΦβΔ.

Program Committee

1. Dr. Chuck Stewart – RPI

2. Dr. Robert Fisher - University of Edinburgh

3. Jules Jaffe - UC San Diego

4. Dr. Oscar Pizarro - University of Sydney

5. Dr. Elizabeth Clarke - NOAA Northwest Marine Fisheries Science Center

6. Dr. Tali Treibitz - University of Haifa

7. Dr. Fumin Zhang – Georgia Institute of Technology

8. Dr. Brian Hopkinson – The University of Georgia

9. Ryan Farrel – Brigham Young University

10. George Cutter - NOAA

11. Benjamin Richards - NOAA