My research area is Computer Vision, with current emphasis on video scene understanding, human body segmentation, activity analysis, and real-time tracking. I teach courses in the CSE and EE departments at PSU on Computer Vision and Image Processing, and run the CSE Laboratory for Perception, Action and Cognition (LPAC).
Since Jan 2005: Associate Professor, CSE Department, Penn State University.
1996-2004: Research Faculty, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.
1994-1996: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
1994: Ph.D., CS Department, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
New Course Spring 2023
Invited keynote talk at 1st Joint BMTT-PETS Workshop on Tracking and Surveillance
(held in conjunction with CVPR2017).
Title of talk "Tracking: Where has it been and where is it going?"
United States Patent 9,361,520 "Method and system for tracking objects" awarded June 7, 2016 to inventors Collins (PSU) and Carr (Disney Research).
Serving on editorial board for IEEE T-PAMI
On sabbatical, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. Visiting CMU Robotics Institute.
Gave invited keynote talk at 9th IEEE Workshop on Perception Beyond the Visible Spectrum
held in conjunction with CVPR'13).
Title of talk was Multi-frame Data Association with Higher-Order Cost Functions.
TMS (Toronto Matching System) Program Coordination Chair for CVPR2013).
Three patents were finally awarded for work we performed at CMU on the EyeVision system.
United States Patent 7,027,083 "System and method for servoing on a moving fixation point within a dynamic scene" awarded April 11, 2006 to inventors Kanade, Collins, Amidi, Miller, and Hua.
United States Patent 7,102,666 "System and method for stabilizing rotational images" awarded Sept 5, 2006 to inventors Takeo Kanade and Robert Collins.
United States Patent 7,106,361 "System and method for manipulating the point of interest in a sequence of images" awarded Sept 12, 2006 to inventors Takeo Kanade and Robert Collins.
In November 2005 I co-chaired a workshop on "Computer Vision for Interactive and Intelligent Environments" with Chris Jaynes from University of Kentucky. The proceedings is now available from IEEE Computer Society, ISBN 0-7695-2524-5. Read our introduction to learn more about the workshop topics and presentations.