Tamara L. Berg
FB 236
UNC Chapel Hill
berg.tamara - at - gmail.com
(646) 509-3361
Office hours: 4:45pm-5:45pm Tues/Thurs

  Research

My research interests lie at the boundary of computer vision and natural language processing, specifically interested in understanding the connections between these two modalities. Today billions of images with associated text are available in web pages, captioned photographs from news sources, video with speech or closed captioning, and others. In order to organize, search and exploit these enormous collections we have developed methods that combine information from both the visual and textual sources effectively. Past and current projects include: automatically identifying people in news photographs, classifying images from the web, selecting aesthetically pleasing or interesting images, generating natural language descriptions for images, visual social media analysis, and recognizing the clothing items people are wearing. I am also generally interested in bringing together people and expertise from various areas of Digital Media including digital art, music, and cultural studies.

Bio

I received my B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2001. I then completed a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007 under the advisorship of Professor David Forsyth as a member of the Berkeley Computer Vision Group. Afterward, I spent 1 year as a research scientist at Yahoo! Research. From 2008-2013 I was an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at Stony Brook University and core member of the consortium for Digital Art, Culture, and Technology (cDACT). I joined the computer science department at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC) in Fall 2013.

Post-doctoral position

New joint post-doctoral position available. Post-doc to be offered jointly between myself, Svetlana Lazebnik, and Alexander Berg. More information available here.


Recent News

  • We won the Marr prize for our paper on Entry-Level Categories!!!
  • Think you can spot a hipster? Want to see how hipster you are? Check out our new game: hipsterwars.
  • Check out this demo of our ICCV paper on clothing recognition.
  • New papers accepted at CVPR 2013, ACL 2013, ICCV 2013, and tPAMI.
  • Alex and I have moved to the UNC Chapel Hill computer science department.
  • Our NAACL-HLT workshop on Vision and Language (WVL) was a success!
  • New NSF IIS-Core Medium grant awarded.
  • New NSF CI-P grant awarded.
  • JHU-CLSP Summer 2011 Workshop webpage with papers and data now available.

Teaching
Spring 2014 - 590-133 Artificial Intelligence
Fall 2013 - 790-133 Recognizing People, Objects, and Actions
Spring 2013 - CSE/ISE 364 Advanced Multimedia
Spring 2013 - CSE 590 Computational Photography
Fall 2012 - CSE 595 Words & Pictures
Spring 2012 - CSE/ISE 364 Advanced Multimedia
Spring 2012 - CSE 591 Recognizing People, Objects, and Actions
Fall 2011 - CSE 590 Computational Photography
Spring 2011 - CSE 595 Words & Pictures
Spring 2011 - CSE/ISE 364 Advanced Multimedia
Spring 2010 - CSE/ISE 364 Advanced Multimedia
Fall 2009 - CSE 591 Recognizing People, Objects, and Actions
Spring 2009 - CSE/ISE 364 Advanced Multimedia
Fall 2008 - CSE 690 Internet Vision


Students
Vicente Ordonez (PhD, UNC)
Hadi Kiapour (PhD, UNC)
Sirion Vittayakorn (PhD, UNC)
Roman Myers (Undergrad, UNC)

Former Students
Kota Yamaguchi (PhD, SBU) 2014 - Assistant Professor Tohoku University
Sahar Kazemzadeh (Undergrad, UNC) 2014
Sebo Kim (Undergrad, SBU) 2014
Vinson Luo (High School, SBU Simons program) - summer 2013
Mark Matten (High School, SBU Simons program) - summer 2013
Priyanka Khante (Undergrad, SBU) - summer 2013
Chen Ling (MS, SBU) - 2013
Hanyu Liu (MS, SBU) - 2013
Chaitanya Kommini (MS Indepdendent Study, SBU) - 2012
Deepak Venkatachalam (MS Independent Study, SBU) - 2011
Farheen Noorie (MS Independent Study, SBU) - 2011
Girish Kulkarni (MS, SBU) - 2011 Epic Systems
Debaleena Chattopadhy (MS, SBU) - 2011 Indiana School of Informatics PhD
Sagnik Dhar (MS, SBU) 2010 - Volkswagen
Visruth Premraj (MS, SBU) 2010 Epic Systems
Erin Palmer (MS, SBU) 2009 - Factset
Jose Villa (MS, SBU) 2010
Piyush Kumat, (MS Indendent Study, SBU) Fall 2009


Current Funding

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program: Award #1054133 - Toward a General Framework for Words & Pictures. Project Page

IIS Core: Award #1161876 - RI: Medium: Integrating Humans and Computers for Image and Video Understanding

CI-P:Collaborative Research Award #1205354 - Visual Entailment data set and challenge for the language and vision communities

Past Funding

Seeing Social: Exploiting Computer Vision in Online Communities. Google Faculty Research Award

SBU/BNL Seed Grant: "The Data Sensorium: Multi-Modal Explorations of Scientific Data". Personel - Dan Weymouth, Kevin Yager, Tamara Berg, Margaret Schedel, Klaus Mueller, Dimitris Samaras, Tony Phillips, Rita Goldstein, Nelly Alia-Klein, Zabet Patterson.

NSF MRI-R2 grant: "Development of an Immersive Giga-pixel Display". Contributor as Senior Personel.
Stony Brook FAHSS grant: "Encountering Data". Daniel Weymouth, Tamara Berg, Zabet Patterson, Margaret Schedel, John Lutterbie.

Stony Brook FAHSS grant: "Hybrid Geographies". Zabet Patterson, Christa Erickson, Margaret Schedel, Tamara Berg, Raiford Guins, Andrew Uroskie.



  Publications

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Alex Berg, my husband.

Arnold Miller, my dad.