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Soatto, Stefano

Stefano SoattoStefano Soatto, Professor

NSF Career Award, 2010                                                                   Okawa Foundation, 2001

Research Group: Vision Laboratory

Office: 3531D Boelter Hall, Phone: 310.825.4840, Email



Professor Soatto received his Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology in 1996; he joined UCLA in 2000 after being Assistant and then Associate Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University, and Research Associate in Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Between 1995 and 1998 he was also Ricercatore in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Udine - Italy. He received his D.Ing. degree (highest honors) from the University of Padova- Italy in 1992.

His general research interests are in Computer Vision and Nonlinear Estimation and Control Theory. In particular, he is interested in ways for computers to use sensory information (e.g. vision, sound, touch) to interact with humans and the environment.

Dr. Soatto is the recipient of the David Marr Prize (with Y. Ma, J. Kosecka and S. Sastry of U.C. Berkeley) for work on Euclidean reconstruction and reprojection up to subgroups. He also received the Siemens Prize with the Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE Computer Society for his work on optimal structure from motion (with R. Brockett of Harvard). He received the National Science Foundation Career Award and the Okawa Foundation Grant. He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) and a Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV) and Foundations and Trends in Computer Graphics and Vision.

Research Interests

Shape: representation, modeling, optimal estimation. Motion: real-time sensing, tracking, sensor-based control. Visual textures: modeling, synthesis, recognition. Visual accommodation: observability, shape from defocus, rendering, perception. Image analysis and processing: deformation, registration, inpainting, segmentation. Systems theory: nonlinear identification, nonlinear filtering, motion control. Statistical inference: estimation on manifolds, Monte Carlo filters. Computational aesthetics: Human-computer-environment interaction ("vision in the loop").

Awards and Recognitions

  • 1999 David Marr Prize
  • 1998 Siemens Prize
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