Vitaly Ablavsky

I am a Principal Research Scientist in the Applied Physics Laboratory and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the ECE Department at the University of Washington in Seattle. Previously I was a Senior Research Scientist in the IVC group of the Dept. of Computer Science at Boston University. My interests are broadly in AI, machine learning, and computer vision, with recurring themes being object recognition & tracking and stochastic spatio-temporal processes. These topics help me find connections between academic and real-world problems and motivate my research in additional directions including domain-adaptation and active vision.

My previous industry experience includes positions at Systems & Technology Research (STR), where I contributed to R&D efforts and led key technical areas on DARPA and IARPA programs, and Charles River Analytics (CRA), where I led projects in computer vision and vision system development. On the academic side, I earned a B.A. in pure mathematics from Brandeis University, and a Ph.D. in the IVC group at Boston University with Prof. Stan Sclaroff, working on graphical models for tracking; I subsequently held a post-doctoral appointment in the CVLab at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute (EPFL) in Lausanne, working with Prof. Pascal Fua and Prof. Vincent Lepetit on activity recognition and transfer learning.