The goal of computer vision, as coined by Marr, is to develop algorithms to answer “What are Where at When from” visual appearance. Fulton Schools Associate Professor and Fulton Entrepreneurial Professor Yezhou (YZ) Yang, among others, recognizes the importance of studying underlying entities and relations beyond visual appearance, following an active perception paradigm.
This talk will present Yang’s efforts over the last decade, ranging from 1) reasoning beyond appearance for vision and language tasks (VQA, captioning, T2I, etc.), and addressing their evaluation misalignment, through 2) reasoning about implicit properties, to 3) their roles in a robotic visual concept learning framework.
The talk will also feature the Active Perception Group’s projects addressing emerging challenges of the nation in automated mobility and intelligent transportation domains, at the ASU School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence.
School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence Director’s Colloquium: Visual Concept Learning Beyond Appearances: Modernizing a Couple of Classic Ideas
Monday, Sept. 25, 2023
Brickyard (BYENG) Mezzanine Level M1-11, Tempe campus [map] and Zoom
About the speaker
Yezhou (YZ) Yang is an associate professor and a Fulton Entrepreneurial Professor in the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He founded and is directing the ASU Active Perception Group, and currently serves as the topic lead (situation awareness) at the Institute of Automated Mobility, Arizona Commerce Authority. He is also a thrust lead (AVAI) at Advanced Communications Technologies (ACT, a Science and Technology Center under the New Economy Initiative, Arizona). His work includes exploring visual primitives and representation learning in visual (and
language) understanding, grounding them by natural language and high-level reasoning over the primitives for intelligent systems, secure/robust AI, and V&L model evaluation alignment. Yang is a recipient of the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2011, the NSF CAREER award 2018, and the Amazon AWS Machine Learning Research Award 2019. He received his doctorate from the University of Maryland at College Park, and Bachelor of Engineering degree from Zhejiang University, China. He is a cofounder of ARGOS Vision Inc., an ASU spin-off company.