Dr. Leotta graduated summa cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2003 with a dual bachelor’s of science in Computer Science and Computer Systems Engineering. He received both his MS in Applied Mathematics in 2007 and his PhD in Engineering in 2010 from Brown University. His PhD work at Brown was supervised by Dr. Joseph Mundy and focused on tracking vehicles in traffic video while simultaneously reconstructing 3D models of the vehicles by fitting a generic deformable model.
Dr. Leotta joined Kitware in 2009 as an R&D Engineer and has made key technical contributions to various government and commercial computer vision projects. He helped advance kinematic-based activity recognition for DARPA programs including the Video and Image Retrieval and Analysis Toolkit (VIRAT) and the Persistent Stare Exploitation and Analysis System (PerSEAS). He helped develop road sign detection in street-level imagery for a commercial application. He developed dense 3D surface reconstruction from aerial video for DARPA and demonstrated its application to improve video compression and super resolution.
More recently, as a technical lead, Dr. Leotta has been leading various programs with a focus on 3D reconstruction and navigation from video. He led a commercial effort to develop algorithms for visual navigation of an endoscope for medical applications. He also served as PI on a SBIR with the Air Force to develop better camera calibration through bundle adjustment of aerial video. This work produced the open source Motion-imagery Aerial Photogrammetry Toolkit (MAP-Tk). Dr. Leotta has also lead efforts with other government customers to apply the 3D reconstruction and super resolution work to satellite imagery.
Dr. Leotta has published several papers in peer-reviewed international conferences and journals. He is a strong proponent of open source computer vision software. He has helped lead the development of the Kitware Image and Video Exploitation and Retrieval (KWIVER) toolkit. Dr. Leotta also organized and presented related tutorials at CVPR 2012 and CVPR 2015 on open source computer vision using Python and open source structure-from-motion. He regularly serves on program committees for primary computer vision and robotics conferences (CVPR, ECCV, ICCV, WACV, ICRA, IROS).
- M. Leotta, E. Smith, M. Dawkins, and P. Tunison, "Open source structure-from-motion for aerial video," in IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), Lake Placid, NY, USA, 2016.
- K. Fieldhouse et al., "KWIVER: An open source cross-platform video exploitation framework," in Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop (AIPR), Washington, DC, USA, 2014.
- Z. Sun et al., "Vehicle change detection from aerial imagery using detection response maps," presented at the SPIE Defense + Security, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 2014.
- M. Leotta and J. Mundy, "Vehicle surveillance with a generic, adaptive, 3D vehicle model," IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol. 33, no. 7, pp. 1457-1469, Jul. 2011.
- A. Perera et al., "GENIE TRECVID 2011 Multimedia Event Detection : Late-Fusion Approaches to Combine Multiple Audio-Visual features," presented at the NIST TRECVID Workshop, 2011.
- M. Leotta, "Generic, deformable models for 3-d vehicle surveillance," Brown University, 2010.
- M. Leotta and J. Mundy, "Predicting high resolution image edges with a generic, adaptive, 3-D vehicle model," in IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (CVPRW), Miami, FL, 2009.
- M. Leotta, A. Vandergon, and G. Taubin, "3D slit scanning with planar constraints," Computer Graphics Forum, vol. 27, no. 8, pp. 2066-2080, Dec. 2008.
- C. Tsai et al., "Automated retinal image analysis over the internet," IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 480-487, Jul. 2008.
- M. Leotta, A. Vandergon, and G. Taubin, "Interactive 3D ScanningWithout Tracking," in Brazilian Symposium on Computer Graphics and Image Processing (SIBGRAPI), Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2007.
- M. Leotta and J. Mundy, "Epipolar curve tracking in 3-D," in IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), San Antonio, TX, USA, 2007.
- M. Leotta and J. Mundy, "Learning background and shadow appearance with 3-D vehicle models," in British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC), Edinburgh, 2006.
- Dongjin Han, M. Leotta, D. Cooper, and J. Mundy, "Vehicle class recognition from video-based on 3D curve probes," in IEEE International Workshop on Visual Surveillance and Performance Evaluation of Tracking and Surveillance, Beijing, China, 2005.