Assistant 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).