You are cordially invited to a full-day Cognitive Computing colloquium on Computer Vision and Video Technologies, to be held on Sunday, November 6th, 2016. This traditional event is dedicated to cognitive computing systems that are designed to learn and interact naturally with people to extend what either humans or machines could do on their own. This year's colloquium will focus on computer vision and video technologies and is organized by the Multimedia Analytics department at IBM Research - Haifa. It will cover a broad spectrum of cutting edge technologies, algorithms and applications, and will combine academic and industrial sessions, with contributions from leading scientists and practitioners in the field.

The event will take place in the auditorium of the IBM Research - Haifa site on the Haifa University campus from 09:30 to 18:00. Lunch and light refreshments will be served.

Participation is free, but registration is required.

The event will be collocated with the IBM Machine Learning Seminar to be held on November 7th, 2016.

Seminar Organizers

Local Arrangements



09:00 –09:30 Registration

09:30 –09:45 Opening Remarks
Oded Cohn, VP, Director of IBM Research – Haifa

09:45 –10:30 Keynote: Challenges for Deep Learning in the Medical Imaging Domain
Prof. Max Welling, University of Amsterdam, UC Irvine & CIFAR

10:30 –11:00Information Flow and Design Principles in Deep Learning
Prof. Naftali Tishby, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

11:00 –11:30 Break


11:30 –12:00 Amplitude Modulated Video Camera – Light Separation in Dynamic Scenes
Prof. Hugo Guterman, Ben-Gurion University

12:00 –12:30 Nonparametric Canonical Correlation Analysis
Prof. Tomer Michaeli, Technion

12:30 –13:00 Using Spatial Order to Boost the Elimination of Incorrect Feature Matches
Prof. Ilan Shimshoni, University of Haifa

13:00 –14:00 Lunch

Industrial Applications Session

14:00 –14:30 Video and Cognitive – A Match Made in Cloud
Balazs Szakacs, Head of Business Intelligence, IBM Cloud Video

14:30 –15:00 Autonomous Navigation and Perception for Aerial Vehicles
Prof. Vadim Indelman, Technion

15:00 –15:30 Deep Reinforcement Learning for Driving Policy
Prof. Shai Shalev-Shwartz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Mobileye

15:30 –15:45 Break

Student Spotlight Session

15:45 –16:10 On the Quality of the Initial Basin in Overspecified Neural Networks
Itay Safran, Weizmann Institute of Science

16:10 –16:35 Detecting Repeating Objects Using Patch Correlation Analysis
Inbar Huberman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

16:35 –17:00 Video Scene Detection Using Optimal Sequential Grouping
Daniel Rotman, IBM Research – Haifa

17:00 –17:15 Closing Remarks
Dr. Aya Soffer, Director, Big Data and Cognitive Analytics, IBM Research – Haifa

17:15 –18:00 Reception and Demos

Visiting IBM Research - Haifa

The Haifa facility of the IBM R&D Labs in Israel, located on the campus of the University of Haifa on Mount Carmel, is the home of the IBM Research - Haifa.

IBM R&D Labs in Israel, Haifa University Campus, Mount Carmel, Haifa, 3498825, Israel