Patrick & Donna Martin Professor of Computer Science
Department: Computer Science
Professor Robert Pless conducts research in the area of computer vision with applications to environmental science, medical imaging, robotics and virtual reality. He is particularly interested in studying data-driven and geometric techniques to more robustly understand images taken “in the wild.” This research exploits the fact that cameras are incredibly precise measurement systems: if they are calibrated properly, then the vast quantities of visual data they collect can help us learn, understand, and manipulate the world around us. At a high level, the current themes of research in his lab are: understanding visual change at scales from the sidewalk to the planet, studying next generation imaging systems for virtual reality and robotics, and democratizing visual analytics with applications to social justice.