Staff R&D Engineer
Eric Smith joined Kitware in 2011 as a Research and Development Engineer on the Computer Vision team. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Vision from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he also received his B.S. in Computer Science. Dr. Smith’s graduate research focused on the automatic registration of combined image/LiDAR scans. He developed a pairwise registration algorithm designed to handle scan pairs suffering from low overlap, changes, intensity differences, and wide viewpoint differences. Dr. Smith has also worked on feature detection, description, and matching algorithms targeted at coarse alignment for combined image/LiDAR scans. He has also developed a fully automatic multiple scan registration algorithm. He has published three computer vision papers and has reviewed papers for PAMI, IVC, and ICRA.
Dr. Smith’s recent research at Kitware has been on deep learning for object detection. He is a key contributor to MAP-Tk focusing on real time feature matching and GPU acceleration. He has also worked on dense depth estimation from video, super resolution, and camera trajectory tracking in medical applications.