Senior Director of Computer Vision
Dr. Hoogs joined Kitware in August 2007 and founded the Computer Vision group. For more than two decades, he has supervised and performed research in various areas of computer vision including: event, activity and behavior recognition; motion pattern learning and anomaly detection; tracking; visual semantics; image segmentation; object recognition; and content-based retrieval. He has led projects, sponsored by commercial companies and government entities including DARPA, AFRL, ONR, I-ARPA and NGA, that range from basic, academic research to developing advanced prototypes and demonstrations installed at operational facilities.
At Kitware, Dr. Hoogs supervises the Computer Vision group and leads business development efforts in this area. Recently he was the overall Principal Investigator on large DARPA programs including the Video and Image Retrieval and Analysis Toolkit (VIRAT) and the Persistent Stare Exploitation and Analysis System (PerSEAS), with responsibility for overseeing more than twelve universities and nine commercial subcontractors. He has initiated and led more than two dozen contracts in video and motion analysis with a combined value of tens of millions of dollars. At GE Global Research (1998-2007), Dr. Hoogs led a team of researchers in video and imagery analysis on projects sponsored by the US Government, Lockheed Martin and NBC Universal. His government-sponsored projects there included Video Analysis and Content Extraction (I-ARPA) and Dynamic Database (DARPA).
Dr. Hoogs received a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998; an M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991; and a B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1989. He has published more than 60 papers in computer vision, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and remote sensing. His academic service includes: Area Chair for IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (2009, 2010, 2012); Corporate Relations Chair for CVPR (2009, 2010) and the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (2013); Program Co-Chair for the IEEE Workshop on Applications in Computer Vision (2009, 2011); Steering Committee member for WACV; organizer and co-chair of the IEEE Workshop on Perceptual Organization in Computer Vision (2004); organizer and co-chaired of the IEEE International Workshop on Semantic Knowledge in Computer Vision (2005). He has served on technical panels for NSF and DARPA, including DARPA Information Science and Technology (ISAT) panels in 2007, 2009 and 2013. He regularly serves on program committees for the primary computer vision conferences and workshops (ICCV, CVPR, ECCV, WACV, AVSS) and is a reviewer for premier journals in computer vision and artificial intelligence (PAMI, IJCV, CVIU, MVA, TIP, TMM, AIJ).