Cornell Tech Launches Community Conversations

September 21, 2018

Cornell Tech is launching its conversation series next Tuesday, a forum where Cornell Tech professors discuss what they’re working on and Islanders can ask them questions. For the budding bird watchers out there, this first one is for you. Cornell Tech Professor Serge Belongie is one of the people behind bird recognition app, Merlin Bird ID, a program that asks you to upload your bird pictures and then uses special computer-vision technology, also by Belongie, to tell you what species they are.


Belongie’s talk will launch the Cornell Tech Community Conversations series, offered by the university in response to popular demand by Islanders seeking an insider peek at the work happening on campus, and the innovative research the faculty are working on.


Belongie, a professor at both Cornell Tech and Cornell University, teaches a course called Applied Machine Learning. He will address Islanders on the Cornell Tech campus at the Bloomberg Center and discuss what he and his students have been up to. Specifically, his research group's work in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Augmented Reality. He will also take questions from the audience.

 Cornell Tech Professor Serge Belongie will host the first Community Conversation


For those not familiar with those terms, computer vision is the process of using machines to understand and analyze imagery. It seeks to automate tasks that the human visual system can do. Machine Learning allows us to accurately predict things using simple statistical methods, algorithms, and modern computing power. For example, it can tell you how frequently a user engages with the product, what their engagements are, and how interspersed their activity is.


The goal of Augmented Reality is to create a system in which the user cannot tell the difference between the real world and the virtual augmentation of it. Today Augmented Reality is used in entertainment, military training, engineering design, robotics, manufacturing and other industries


Professor Belongie received a B.S. (with honors) in Electrical Engineering from The California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. While at Berkeley, His research was supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. From 2001-2013 he was a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of California, San Diego.



• Oct. 17th: Prof. Nicola Dell

• Nov. 29th: Prof. Mor Naaman

• Dec. 11th: Prof. James Grimmelmann


The talk will take place Tuesday September 25 at 6:30pm in the Bloomberg Center, Room 161. RSVP here.


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