Dr. Jean-Marc Odobez

Academic Supervisor

Short biography

Dr. Jean-Marc Odobez is the Head of the Idiap Perception & Activity Understanding Group and adjunct faculty at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) where he is a member of the school of engineering (STI). He received his Engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne (ENSTBr), France in 1990, and his PhD from Rennes University/INRIA in 1994. He was associate professor in computer science at the University du Maine, Le Mans, France, from 1996 until 2001 when he joined Idiap.

He is the author or coauthor of more than 160 papers in the top conference of his field and is or has been the principal investigator of more than 13 European and Swiss projects. He holds several patents in computer vision, and is the cofounder of the Klewel SA (www.klewel.ch) and of the Eyeware SA (eyeware.tech) companies. He is regularly serving in the program committee of the main conferences in his research field, is a member of the IEEE, and associate editor of the IEEE Transaction on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology and Machine Vision and Application journals.

Research interests

Dr Odobez is interested in the investigation of models from machine learning, computer vision, multimodal signal processing, or social sciences to address the understanding of activities from real-world signals, with an emphasis on those related to humans. This encompasses addressing tasks like detection, tracking, pose estimation, recognition and analysis of non-verbal behaviors or the temporal interpretation of all this information in forms of gestures, activities behavior or social relationships. Application domains of his research includes human behavior analysis, human-robot interactions, surveillance and traffic analysis, and multimedia content analysis.

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