Future Events:

LUNCH Provided (starting at 11:50am)
LOCATION: DFP Classroom, Forestry Building, Rm 2300 (2nd Floor, Forestry building, 2424 Main Mall)
DIRECTIONS: Once you are inside the Forestry Science building walk to the rear (south-east) of the building by passing through the large open study area and up the stairs to the 2nd level student (“treetop”) lounge area. For room 2300A, the MAGIC Lab, turn left, pass through a double door and the lab is 1st on the right.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Title: On Multi-modal and Structured Visual Intelligence

Speaker: Leonid Sigal, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia


In this talk, I will discuss recent work from my group focusing on multi-modal learning, in the form of the visual question dialoging. The benefits of the proposed model include new form of associative memory that is able to help in visual reference resolution, which is key to any dialog system. Time permitting, I will also talk about slightly older work on perceptual control of garment simulation, where we used very simple perceptual studies and machine learning techniques to re-parametrise simulators for ease of use by animators.


Leonid Sigal is a Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this Leonid was a Senior Research Scientist at Disney Research Pittsburgh and an Adjunct Faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on problems of visual understanding and reasoning. This includes object recognition, scene understanding, articulated motion capture, motion modeling, action recognition, motion perception, manifold learning, transfer learning, character and cloth animation and a number of other directions on the intersection of computer vision, machine learning, and computer graphics.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Title: TBC

Speaker: Alexis Hiniker, Assistant Professor of Human Computer Interaction in the Information School at the University of Washington


to be posted soon


Alexis Hiniker is an Assistant Professor of Human Computer Interaction in the Information School at the University of Washington and director of the User Empowerment Lab. Alexis studies how people use interactive systems, and builds new technologies to help users feel in control of their behavior and the systems they use. Her current projects investigate users’ struggles to disengage from technology and the role of technology in family life.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

DFP Design Showcase and Poster Session

The first DFP Design Showcase will be on Wednesday June 20.  Building on the HCI@UBC Poster/demo forum held for the past 5 years in April, this year we will be highlighting the design projects from the DFP project course 554K (Students and Industry partners) in addition to posters and demos from HCI@UBC and DFP Community (Students and Faculty).

Please stay tuned for details on demo/poster submission, invitations, overall program, location, and special guests, and start thinking about what you’d like to showcase from your group.

At this time, we welcome any suggestions on who you would like us to invite to join us on June 20, including industry and community partners.