Director of Computer Vision
Dr. Turek joined Kitware in September 2007 as a Research & Development Engineer. During his time at Kitware, Dr. Turek has worked on video activity recognition, normalcy modeling and anomaly detection, and functional recognition of scene elements. He has made significant contributions to DARPA programs, including Automated Wide-Area Activity Recognition (AWARE), Predictive Analysis for Naval Deployment Activities (PANDA), Building Labeling for Urban Environments and VIRAT.
Dr. Turek has over 10 years’ experience in imaging, computer vision, and visualization. His Ph.D. research focused on applying combinatorial optimization techniques to computer vision problems. In particular, Dr. Turek developed novel approaches for estimating motion under difficult lighting conditions; multiscale segmentation and motion estimation; and deformable multi-object tracking. Prior to completing his PhD, Dr. Turek worked on industrial imaging and medical imaging projects at GE Global Research (1999-2003) and at GE Healthcare (1995-1999).
Dr. Turek received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University (1995), his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University (1999) and his Ph.D. in Computer Science (2007) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
- Deep Architecture for Small Mover Detection in Overhead Infrared Imagery," Jun. 2016. , "
- Functional Scene Element modeling for ISR data," Jun. 2016. , "
- Foundations for Context-Aware Information Retrieval for Proactive Decision Support," Apr. 2016. , "
- Real-time, Full-frame Wide Area Motion Imagery Analytics," Sep. 2015. , "
- Real-time Multi-Target Tracking at 210 Megapixels/second in Wide Area Motion Imagery," Mar. 2014. , "
- KWIVER: An open source cross-platform video exploitation framework," pp. 1--4, Jan. 2014. , "
- Vehicle change detection from aerial imagery using detection response maps ," pp. 908906--908906, Jan. 2014. , "
- Automatic activity profile generation from detected functional regions for video scene analysis," Video Analytics for Business Intelligence, Studies in Computational Intelligence, vol. 409, pp. 241--269, Jan. 2012. , "
- Graph cuts with many-pixel interactions: theory and applications to shape modelling," Image and Vision Computing, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 467--473, Mar. 2010. , "
- Unsupervised Learning of Functional Categories in Video Scenes," Sep. 2010. , "
- Content-based Retrieval of Functional Objects in Video using Scene Context," Sep. 2010. , "
- Designing Tracking Software for Image-Guided Surgery Applications: IGSTK Experience," vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 395--403, Jan. 2008. , "
- Combinatorial Optimization for Tracking and Low-level Computer Vision Problems," Jul. 2007. , "
- Multiscale Modeling and Constraints for Max-flow/Min-cut Problems in Computer Vision," Jan. 2006. , "
- Illumination-invariant Tracking via Graph Cuts," vol. 2, pp. 10--17, Jan. 2005. , "
- Bias in the Localization of Curved Edges," vol. 2, pp. 554--565, Jan. 2004. , "
- Coronary Artery Angiography Using Multislice Computed Tomography Images," vol. 102, pp. 1589--, Jan. 2000. , "
- Automated Segmentation and Visualization of the Left Ventricular Epicardium in Short Axis Cardiac Images Using MRI," Aug. 1999. , "