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Senem Velipasalar
Assistant Professor


Senem Velipasalar

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Senem Velipasalar

Education

  • Ph.D., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 2007
  • M.A., PrincetonUniversity, Princeton, NJ 2004
  • M.S., Brown University, Providence, RI, 2001
  • B.S., Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1999

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Description:


Dr. Velipasalar received the Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2007 and 2004, respectively, the M.S. degree in Electrical Sciences and Computer Engineering from Brown University in 2001, and the B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with high honors from Bogazici University, Turkey in 1999. Her research interests include computer vision, video/image processing, distributed smart camera systems, pattern recognition, statistical learning, and signal processing. During the summers of 2001 through 2005, she worked in the Exploratory Computer Vision Group at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where she conducted research on automatic spatio-temporal event detection across multiple camera views, automatic people counting by using a single uncalibrated camera, and multi-object tracking. Since January 2007, she has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dr. Velipasalar received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant as a principal investigator in August 2008. She received the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) 2006, for the paper titled "Design and Verification of Communication Protocols for Peer-to-Peer Multimedia Systems". She is also the recipient of IBM Patent Application Award, and Princeton and Brown University Graduate Fellowships. Dr. Velipasalar is a member of the IEEE.


Education:

  • Ph.D., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 2007
  • M.A., PrincetonUniversity, Princeton, NJ 2004
  • M.S., Brown University, Providence, RI, 2001
  • B.S., Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1999

Research Interests:

  • Computer Vision
  • Video/Image Processing
  • Distributed Smart Camera Systems
  • Embedded Smart Cameras
  • Multi-camera Multi-object Tracking
  • Video Event Detection
  • bject Recognition
  • Image Understanding and Multimedia
  • Distributed Computing
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Statistical Learning
  • Signal Processing

Honors and Awards:

  • EPSCoR First Award, 2009
  • Layman Award as PI, 2007
  • Layman Award as Co-PI, 2009
  • Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) for the paper titled "Design and Verification of Communication Protocols for Peer-to-Peer Multimedia Systems," 2006.
  • IBM Patent Application Award, 2005.
  • Travel Grant, Office of Graduate Affairs, Princeton University, 2005.
  • Graduate Fellowship, Princeton University, 2002.
  • Graduate Fellowship, Brown University, 1999.
  • NETAS Scholarship given on highly selective basis to successful engineering students, 1999.
  • Sabanci Scholarship for outstanding success at the university entrance examination, 1994.
  • The award from Is Bank to the top 70 students, out of about 1 million, in the university entrance examination, 1994.

Grants:

  • National Science Foundation, Division of Computer and Network Systems. Grant no: CNS - 0834753. Project title: CSR-DMSS,SM: Cooperative Activity Analysis in Wireless Smart-Camera Networks (Wi-SCaNs). Principal Investigator (with co-PI M. C. Gursoy). $300,000 for the period 9/1/2008 -8/31/2011.
  • National Science Foundation, Division of Computer and Communication Foundations. Grant no: CCF - 0917265. Project title: CIF: Small: Energy Efficiency in Wireless Communications under Queueing Constraints. Co-Principal Investigator (with PI M. C. Gursoy). $335,856 for the period 9/1/2009 -8/31/2012.
  • EPSCoR First Award. Project Title: Peer-to-peer Detection of User-defined and Semantically High-level Events Spanning Multiple Camera Views. Principal Investigator. $19,970 for the period 5/18/2009 - 5/17/2010.
  • Mid-America Transportation Center. Project Title: Effect of Freeway Level of Service and Driver Education on Truck Driver's Stress - Phase 1. Co-Principal Investigator (with PI Anuj Sharma). For the period 07/1/2009 - 06/30/2010.
  • Layman Award, Layman Funds. University of Nebraska Internal Grant. Project title: Driver and Passenger Stress Sensing and Modeling to Improve Traffic Signal Control Strategies. Co-Principal Investigator (with PI Anuj Sharma). $10,000 for the period 06/1/2009 - 5/31/2010.
  • Layman Award, Layman Funds. University of Nebraska Internal Grant. Project title: Peer-to-peer Object Tracking and Event Detection in Wireless Vision Sensor Networks. Principal Investigator. $10,000 for the period 6/1/2007 - 5/31/2008.

Publications:

Book Chapters:
  1. Co-authored the chapter "Composite Event Detection in Multi-Camera and Multi-Sensor Surveillance Networks" in Multi-Camera Networks: Concepts and Applications, Elsevier, 2009.
  2. Co-authored the chapter "Media Augmentation and Personalization through Multimedia Processing and Information Extraction" in "Personalized Digital Television. Targeting programs to individual users," Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004.
    http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/1-4020-2163-1
    http://www.di.unito.it/~liliana/TV-BOOK/
Journal Papers (Refereed) - Submitted
  1. S. Velipasalar, L. M. Brown and A. Hampapur, "Detection of User-defined, High-level, Spatio-Temporal, Composite Events, and Retrieval of Queries," submitted for publication, January 2009 (under second round of revision).
  2. M. Casares and S. Velipasalar, "Light-weight Salient Foreground Detection for Embedded Smart Cameras," submitted for publication, January 2009 (under second round of revision).
  3. Y. Wang, S. Velipasalar and M. Casares, "Cooperative Object Tracking and Composite Event Detection with Wireless Embedded Smart Cameras," submitted for publication, September 2009.
  4. D. Qiao, M. C. Gursoy, and S. Velipasalar, "Energy Efficiency in the Low-SNR Regime under Queueing Constraints and Channel Uncertainty," submitted for publication, June 2009.
Journal Papers (Refereed) - Accepted/Appeared
  1. D. Qiao, M. C. Gursoy, and S. Velipasalar "The Impact of QoS Constraints on the Energy Efficiency of Fixed-Rate Wireless Transmissions," accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Aug. 2009.
  2. M. C. Gursoy, D. Qiao, and S. Velipasalar "Analysis of Energy Efficiency in Fading Channels under QoS constraints," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 8, no. 8, pp. 4252-4263, Aug. 2009.
  3. S. Velipasalar and W. Wolf, "Frame-level Temporal Calibration of Video Sequences from Unsynchronized Cameras," Machine Vision and Applications Journal, vol. 19, no. 5-6, pp. 395-409, Oct. 2008.
  4. S. Velipasalar, J. Schlessman, C.-Y. Chen, W. Wolf and J. P. Sing, "A Scalable Clustered Camera System for Multiple Object Tracking," EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing, vol. 2008, Article ID 542808, 22 pages, 2008.
  5. S. Velipasalar and W.Wolf, "Lessons from a Distributed Peer-to-peer Smart Tracker," Elektrotechnik and Informationstechnik Journal, 125/10, pp. 334-340, 2008.
Conference Papers (Refereed)
  1. Y. Wang, M. Casares and S. Velipasalar, "Cooperative Object Tracking and Event Detection with Wireless Smart Cameras," Proc. of the IEEE Int'l Conf. on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance, pp. 394-399, 2009.
  2. Y.Wang, S. Velipasalar and M. Casares, "Detection of Composite Events Spanning Multiple Camera Views with Wireless Embedded Smart Cameras," Proc. of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC), 2009.
  3. M. Casares and S. Velipasalar, "Light-weight Salient Foreground Detection with Adaptive Memory Requirement," Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), pp. 1245-1248, 2009.
  4. Y. Wang and S. Velipasalar, "Frame-level Temporal Calibration of Unsynchronized Cameras by Using Longest Consecutive Common Sequence," Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), pp. 813-816, 2009.
  5. M. Casares, A. Pinto, Y. Wang and S. Velipasalar, "Power Consumption and Performance Analysis of Object Tracking and Event Detection with Wireless Embedded Smart Cameras," Proc. of the Int'l Conf. on Signal Processing and Communication Systems (ICSPCS), 2009.
  6. D. Qiao, M. C. Gursoy, and S. Velipasalar, "Energy Efficiency of Fixed-Rate Wireless Transmissions under Queueing Constraints and Channel Uncertainty," will appear in the Proc. of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom), 2009.
  7. D. Qiao, M. C. Gursoy, and S. Velipasalar, "Energy Efficiency of Fixed-Rate Wireless Transmis¬sions under QoS Constraints," Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), pp. 1-5, June 2009.
  8. D. Qiao, M. C. Gursoy, and S. Velipasalar, "Analysis of Energy Efficiency in Fading Channels under QoS constraints," Proc. of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom), 2008.
  9. M. Casares and S. Velipasalar, "Light-weight Salient Foreground Detection for Embedded Smart Cameras," Proc. of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC), pp. 1{7, Sept. 2008.
  10. Y. Zhao, M. Casares and S. Velipasalar, "Continuous Background Update and Object Detection with Moving Cameras," Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance, pp. 309-316, Sept. 2008.
  11. M. Casares, M. C. Vuran and S. Velipasalar, "Design of a Wireless Vision Sensor for Object Tracking in Wireless Vision Sensor Networks," Proc. of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC), Workshop on Embedded Middleware for Smart Camera and Visual Sensor Networks (eMCAM), pp. 1{9, Sept. 2008.
  12. W. D. Leon-Salas, S.Velipasalar, N. Schemm, S. Balkir, "A Low-Cost, Tiled Embedded Smart Camera System for Computer Vision Applications," Proc. of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC), pp. 125{131, Sept. 2007.
  13. W. Wolf, S. Velipasalar, J. Schlessman, C.-Y. Chen, C. H. Lin, "Real-Time Distributed Tracking," Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), pp. 1389-1392, April 2007.
  14. S. Velipasalar, C. H. Lin, J. Schlessman, W. Wolf, "Design and Verification of Communication Protocols for Peer-to-Peer Multimedia Systems," Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), pp. 1421-1424, July 2006 (received the Best Student Paper Award).
  15. S. Velipasalar, J. Schlessman, C.-Y. Chen, W. Wolf, J. P. Singh, "SCCS: A Scalable Clustered Camera System for Multiple Object Tracking Communicating via Message Passing Interface," Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, pp. 277-280, July 2006.
  16. S. Velipasalar, Y.-L. Tian, A. Hampapur, "Automatic Counting of Interacting People by Using a Single Uncalibrated Camera," Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), pp. 1265-1268, July 2006.
  17. S. Velipasalar, L. M. Brown, A. Hampapur, "Specifying, Interpreting and Detecting High-level, Spatio-Temporal Composite Events in Single and Multi-Camera Systems," International Workshop on Semantic Learning Applications in Multimedia (SLAM), Proc. of the IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshop, pp. 110-117, 2006.
  18. L. M. Brown, S. Velipasalar, A. W. Senior, S. Pankanti, A. Hampapur, Chiao-fe Shu, Ying-li Tian, "Video Privacy in the Age of Automated Surveillance," IEEE Workshop on Privacy Research in Vision in conjunction with IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2006.
  19. S. Velipasalar and W. Wolf, "Frame-level Temporal Calibration of Video Sequences from Unsynchronized Cameras by Using Projective Invariants," Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance (AVSS), pp. 462-467, Sept. 15-16, 2005.
  20. S. Velipasalar and W. Wolf, "Multiple Object Tracking and Occlusion Handling by Information Exchange between Uncalibrated Cameras," Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), vol. 2, pp. 418-421, Sept. 11-14, 2005.
  21. S. Velipasalar and W. Wolf, "Recovering Field of View Lines by Using Projective Invariants," Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), vol.5, pp. 3069-3072, Oct. 24-27, 2004.
  22. J.H. Connell, N. Haas, E. Marcheret, C. Neti, G. Potamianos, S. Velipasalar, "A Real-time Prototype for Small Vocabulary Audio-Visual ASR," Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME), vol. 2, pp. 469-472, July 6-9, 2003.
  23. D. B. Cooper, A. Willis, S. Andrews, J. Baker, Y. Cao, D. Han, K. Kang, W. Kong, F. Leymarie, X. Orriols, S. Velipasalar, E. L. Vote, M. S. Joukowsky, B. B. Kimia, D. H. Laidlaw, D. Mumford, "Bayesian Pot-Assembly from Fragments as Problems in Perceptual-Grouping and Geometric-Learning," Proc. of the International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), vol.3, pp. 297-302, Aug. 11-15, 2002.
  24. D. B. Cooper, A. Willis, S. Andrews, J. Baker, Y. Cao, D. Han, K. Kang, W. Kong, F. F. Leymarie, X. Orriols, S. Velipasalar, E. Vote, M. S. Juokowsky, B. B. Kimia, D. H. Laidlaw, D. Mumford, "Assembling Virtual Pots from 3D Measurements of their Fragments," VAST, Conference on Virtual Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, November 28-30, 2001.
Other Presentations:
  1. D. Qiao, M. C. Gursoy, and S. Velipasalar, "Analysis of Energy Efficiency in Fading Channels under QoS constraints," The First Annual School of Information Theory, Penn State University, State College, PA, June 2008.
  2. "SCCS - A Scalable Clustered Camera System," invited speaker at Lehigh University, April 2006.
  3. S. Velipasalar, "A Shape-based Similarity Measure for Image Retrieval," IBM User Interface Technology (UIT) Student Symposium, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, November 2002.
Technical Reports:
  1. T. Tasdizen, S. Velipasalar, and D. B. Cooper, "Shape based similarity measure for image retrieval," SHAPE Lab., Brown University, Technical Report SHAPE-TR-2001-03, 2001.
  2. A. Willis, X. Orriols, S. Velipasalar, D. B. Cooper, X. Binefa, "Extracting Axially Symmetric Geometry From Limited 3D Range Data," SHAPE Lab., Brown University, Technical Report 2000-01, 2000.
Ph.D. Dissertation:
  1. Senem Velipasalar, "Peer-to-peer Tracking for Distributed Smart Cameras", Princeton University, 2006.

Patents:

  1. S. Velipasalar, L. M. Brown, A. Hampapur, Chiao-Fe Shu, "Method for Spatio-Temporal Event Detection Using Composite Definitions for Camera Systems," 7,468,662, issued on December 23,2008.

  2. L. M. Brown, A. Hampapur, A. W. Senior, Y.-L. Tian, S. Velipasalar, "Methods and Apparatus for Automatically Tracking Moving Entities Entering and Exiting a Specified Region," 7,409,076,issued on August 5, 2008.

  3. S. Velipasalar and W. Wolf, "Scalable Clustered Camera System and Method for Multiple Object Tracking," filed in 2007.

Graduate Students:

  • Mauricio Casares (Ph. D.) (January 2007 - present)
  • Youlu Wang (Ph. D.) (August 2007 - present)
  • Deli Qiao (Ph. D.) (co-advising with M.C. Gursoy) (August 2007 - present)
  • Alvaro Pinto (Ph. D.) (August 2008 - present)
  • Zhe Zhang (Ph.D.) (co-advising with M.C. Gursoy) (August 2009 - present)
  • Li He (Ph.D.) (co-advising with M.C. Gursoy) (August 2009 - present)

Department / University Service:

  • Reviewer for Internal Grant Competitions (2008).
  • EE Department Faculty Search Committee (December 2007-March 2008).
  • EE Department Curriculum Committee (2007-present).

Professional Activities:

  • NSF Panelist, 2009.
  • Finance Chair of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance (AVSS).

  • Member of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) of:
  • 2009 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance (AVSS)
  • 2009 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC)
  • 2009 International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Systems (ICSPCS)
  • 2009 Intelligent Buildings and Smart Homes Conference (IBASH)
  • 2008 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC)
  • 2007 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC)
  • Session Chair, Intelligent Sensors and Systems II Poster Session, IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance (AVSS), 2009.
  • Session Chair, Smart Camera Architectures, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC), 2007.

  • Reviewer for journals:
  • IEEE Transactions on Image Processing
  • IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
  • IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing
  • IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology
  • IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
  • Proceedings of the IEEE
  • EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing
  • EURASIP Journal on Image and Video Processing
  • Computer Vision and Image Understanding
  • Multimedia Tools and Applications

  • Reviewer for conferences:
  • ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras
  • IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal Based Surveillance
  • International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Systems
  • IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
  • Member of IEEE.