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Stephen Lombardi ‘09, Graduate School Life and Computer Vision Research, Drexel University, Nov. 18, 2013

Stephen Lombardi ‘09

PhD Candidate in Computer Science, Drexel University

Graduate School Life and Computer Vision Research
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Monday, November 18, 2013
Forcina 408
Pizza will be provided.

Deciding where to take yourself after graduation can be difficult. Two choices are often presented: industry and academia. Although somewhat arduous in its application process, graduate school presents a great opportunity for intellectual growth and enables a host of career opportunities. In 2009, after graduating from TCNJ, I joined the computer science department at Drexel University to begin my Ph.D. There, under my advisor Dr. Ko Nishino, I began research in the field of computer vision, which explores methods to extract information from images and video. Currently, my research aims to answer certain questions about images: how do the objects in it reflect light (e.g., are they shiny, diffuse)? And how and from what direction is the scene illuminated? This information can then be used to identify the types of materials that are present in an image (a useful task for robotics or autonomous vehicles) or to identify where the scene takes place. In this talk, I’ll discuss my experience with graduate school life at Drexel and give a high-level overview of my research and that of my lab.