Todd Zickler

Todd Zickler

  • William and Ami Kuan Danoff Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Profile

Todd Zickler received his B. Eng. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 1997. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Yale University in 2001 and 2004, respectively.

Zickler conducts research in the field of computer vision -- working to build systems that visually understand and interact with their environment. The field of computer vision is evolving in response to the rapid development of cheap, high-resolution digital imaging technology, since this technology provides access to visual data of unprecedented accuracy and quantity. Broadly, Zicker researches how to incorporate this wealth of information into practical vision systems. His interests fit into three categories: acquisition, representation, and application of visual information.

  • Acquisition: how to accurately recover three-dimensional shape and material properties (i.e., reflectance) from images
  • Representation:  how to efficiently represent this appearance information
  • Application:  how to apply these representations to accomplish visual tasks

One interesting problem is the reconstruction of three-dimensional shape from images. This task is made difficult by the coupling of shape, reflectance and illumination in images, and researchers typically simplify the problem by using low-dimensional approximations of reflectance.

As an alternative, Zickler introduced Helmholtz stereopsis -- a method that decouples shape and reflectance information in images for the first time. This approach eliminates the need for low-dimensional reflectance approximations and enables the accurate three-dimensional reconstruction of a much broader class of surfaces.

Past awards and honors include receiving a Yale University Fellowship (1999-2000), a Connecticut Infotech Scholarship (2000-2002), and a Canada Scholarship (1992-1994). In 2006, Zickler was the recipient of an NSF CAREER award, "Foundations for Ubiquitous Image-Based Appearance Capture". He is a member of the IEEE and ACM.

Contact Information

Office:341 Maxwell Dworkin Building
Email:zickler@seas.harvard.edu
Office Phone:(617) 495-4390
Lab Room:134
Assistant:Kathleen Lafrance Masse
Assistant Office:Maxwell Dworkin Building 343
Assistant Phone:(617) 495-4202

Primary Teaching Area

Electrical Engineering

Positions & Employment

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • Jul 2008-Present: Associate Professor

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • July 2004-June 2008: Assistant Professor

Kriegman-Belhumeur Vision Technologies LLC., La Jolla, California

  • June 2003-May 2004: Senior Research Engineer

Honour International School, Vientiane, Lao PDR

  • May 1997-June 1998: Elementary School Teacher

Other Experience & Professional Membership

  • Area Chair, Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2011
  • Tutorial Chair, International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2011
  • Area Chair, Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2010
  • Session Chair, Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2010
  • Editorial board member, Encyclopedia of Computer Vision, Springer Inc., forthcoming
  • Program Chair, Workshop on Color and Reectance in Computer Vision (CRICV) in conjunction withECCV 2010
  • Program Chair, Workshop on Color and Reectance in Computer Vision (CRICV) in conjunction
    with ICCV 2009
  • Program Committee, International Conference on Computational Photography (ICCP) 2011
  • Program Committee, International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) 2007, 2009
  • Program Committee, European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Program Committee, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2005-07
  • Program Committee, Canadian Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV) 2005-09
  • Organizer and Lecturer, SIGGRAPH 2008 Class on Principles of Appearance Acquisition and Representation. Los Angeles, CA. August, 2008
  • Program Committee, 6th International Conference on 3D Digital Imaging and Modeling (3DIM) 2007
  • Program Committee, Pacic Graphics (PG) 2007
  • Program Committee, Workshop on Photometric Analysis for Computer Vision (PACV) 2007
  • Program Committee, IEEE Workshop on Beyond Multiple View Geometry 2007
  • Organizer and Lecturer, ICCV 2007 Short Course on Principles of Appearance Acquisition and Representation. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. October, 2007

Honors

  • Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2008
  • Best Paper Award, First International Workshop on Internet Vision, June 2008
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, January 2006
  • Connecticut Infotech Scholarship, September, 2000-May 2002
  • Canada Scholarship, September 1992-May 1994

Patents Awarded

  1. S. P. Mallick, D. J. Kriegman, T. E. Zickler, and P. N. Belhumeur, \Methods for identifying, separating and editing reection components in multi-channel images and videos." U. S. Patent No. 7,689,035, issued March 30, 2010.