Mubarak Shah

University of Central Florida

Bio: Dr. Mubarak Shah, the UCF Trustee Chair Professor, is the founding director of Center for Research in Computer Visions at University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Shah is a fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, NAI, IAPR, AAIA and SPIE. He has published extensively on topics related to human activity and action recognition, visual tracking, geo localization, visual crowd analysis, object detection and categorization, shape from shading, etc. He has served as ACM and IEEE Distinguished Visitor Program speaker. He is a recipient of 2022 PAMI Mark Everingham Prize for pioneering human action recognition datasets; 2019 ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement award; 2020 ACM SIGMM Test of Time Honorable Mention Award for his paper “Visual attention detection in video sequences using spatiotemporal cues”; 2020 International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR) Best Scientific Paper Award; an honorable mention for the ICCV 2005 Where Am I? Challenge Problem; 2013 NGA Best Research Poster Presentation; 2nd place in Grand Challenge at the ACM Multimedia 2013 conference; and runner up for the best paper award in ACM Multimedia Conference in 2005 and 2010. At UCF he has received Pegasus Professor Award; University Distinguished Research Award; Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students; Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Postdoctoral Scholars, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning award; Teaching Incentive Program award; and Research Incentive Award.

Margarita Chli

University of Cyprus and ETH Zurich

Bio: Margarita Chli is a Professor of Robotic Vision and the director of the Vision for Robotics Lab, at the University of Cyprus and ETH Zurich. Her work has contributed to the first vision-based autonomous flight of a small drone and the first demonstration of collaborative monocular SLAM for a small swarm of drones. Margarita has given invited keynotes at the World Economic Forum in Davos, TEDx, and ICRA, and she was featured in Robohub's 2016 list of "25 women in Robotics you need to know about". In 2023 she won the ERC Consolidator Grant, one of the most prestigious grants in Europe for blue-sky research, to grow her team at the University of Cyprus to research advanced robotic perception.

Bio: Federico Tombari is Senior Staff Research Scientist and Manager at Google where he leads an applied research team in computer vision and machine learning across North America and Europe. He is also a Lecturer (PrivatDozent) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He has 250+ peer-reviewed publications in CV/ML and applications to robotics, autonomous driving, healthcare and augmented reality. He got his PhD from the University of Bologna and his Venia Legendi (Habilitation) from Technical University of Munich (TUM). In 2018-19 he was co-founder and managing director of a startup on 3D perception for AR and robotics, then acquired by Google. He regularly serves as Area Chair and Associate Editor for international conferences and journals (IJRR, RA-L, IROS20/21/22, ICRA20/22, 3DV19/20/21/22/24, ECCV22/24, CVPR23/24, NeurIPS23 among others). He was the recipient of two Google Faculty Research Awards, one Amazon Research Award, 5 Outstanding Reviewer Awards (3x CVPR, ICCV21, NeuriIps21), among others. He has been a research partner of private and academic institutions including Google, Toyota, BMW, Audi, Amazon, Univ. Stanford, ETH and MIT.