Zeynep Akata (Senior Researcher)

Dr. Zeynep Akata

Address
Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik
Saarland Informatics Campus
Campus E1 4
66123 Saarbrücken
Location
E1 4 - Room 616
Phone
+49 681 9325 2116
Fax
+49 681 9325 2099
Email
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Personal Information

In March 2017, I have joined AMLab directed by Prof. Max Welling at the University of Amsterdam

as a tenure track assistant professor in Deep Learning.

 

Zeynep Akata is a post doctoral fellow at the MPII and the 2014 recipient of the Lise-Meitner Award Fellowship. Her research focuses on machine learning and computer vision, specifically zero-shot and few-shots learning methods for large-scale and fine-grained image classification: methods that are able to process large amounts of data and are able to distinguish fine differences between similar object classes, while learning from few or no instances of a class. 

 

She completed her MSc in the Media Informatics program of RWTH Aachen University in 2010. Her MSc thesis with the title "Image Retrieval, Annotation and Classification Using Data in Multiple Modality" was supervised by Prof Dr Christian Bauckhage. She obtained the title "Docteur de l'Université de Grenoble" in 2014. Her PhD thesis with the title "Contributions to Large-Scale Learning for Image Classification" was supervised by Dr. Cordelia Schmid (LEAR, INRIA Rhone-Alpes ) and co-supervised by Dr. Florent Perronnin (CV, Xerox Research Centre Europe (XRCE) ). Her PhD studies was funded by the CIFRE grant of The French National Research and Technology Association (ANRT).

 

Teaching

  • High-Level Computer Vision (SS2014), teaching assistant
  • Tutorial on Embeddings and its Applications, GCPR 2016

Students

  • Mr. Yongqin Xian, Completed MSc with Honors (2015), now PhD student
  • Ms. Nour Karessli, Completed MSc (2016), now Research Scientist at Eyeem
  • Mr. Jiayi Wang, Research Immersion Lab (Ongoing)

Education

  • PhD: INRIA Rhone Alpes, Université de Grenoble, France, 2011-2014
  • MSc: Media Informatics, RWTH Aachen, Germany, 2008-2010
  • BSc: Computer Science, Trakya University, Turkey, 2004-2008

Awards

  • Best Reviewer Award, CVPR 2016, ECCV 2016
  • Lise Meitner Award, Max Planck Institute, 2014
  • PhD Scholarship: CIFRE, ANRT France, 2011
  • Best Poster Award: INRIA CVML Summer School, 2010
  • MSc Scholarship: TUBITAK Turkey, 2008
  • Faculty and Department Rank 1 in BSc Graduation, 2008

External Activities

Reviewing

  • TPAMI 2015-, Transactions of Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Reviewer
  • IJCV 2015-, International Journal of Computer Vision, Reviewer
  • AISTATS 2017, Artificial Intelligence and Statistics Conference, Reviewer
  • CVPR 2017, IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Reviewer
  • WACV 2016, IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision, Area Chair
  • NIPS 2016, Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, Reviewer
  • CVPR 2016, IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Reviewer
  • ACCV 2016, Asian Conference of Computer Vision, Reviewer
  • ECCV 2016, European Conference of Computer Vision, Reviewer
  • CVPR 2015, IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Reviewer
  • ICCV 2015, International Conference of Computer Vision, Reviewer 

Organization

  • Tutorial on Embeddings and Metric Learning, GCPR 2016, Organization Committee
  • Gender Diversity in STEM fields, Springboard training program, 2015, Organization Committee
  • Lise Meitner Award Fellowship for Excellent Women in Computer Science 2016, Organization Committee

Publications

Gaze Embeddings for Zero-Shot Image Classification

Nour Karessli, Zeynep Akata, Bernt Schiele, Andreas Bulling

IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017 (Spotlight Presentation)

Zero-Shot Learning - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Yongqin Xian, Bernt Schiele, Zeynep Akata

IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017

Exploiting saliency for object segmentation from image level labels

Seong Joon Oh, Rodrigo Benenson, Anna Khoreva, Zeynep Akata, Mario Fritz, Bernt Schiele

IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017

Learning What and Where to Draw

Scott Reed, Zeynep Akata, Santosh Mohan, Samuel Tenka, Bernt Schiele and Honglak Lee

Neural Information Processing Systems, NIPS 2016 (Oral Presentation)

Generating Visual Explanations

Lisa Hendricks, Zeynep Akata, Marcus Rohrbach, Jeff Donahue, Bernt Schiele and Trevor Darrell

European Conference of Computer Vision, ECCV 2016

Scott Reed, Zeynep Akata, Xinchen Yan, Lajanugen Logeswaran, Honglak Lee and Bernt Schiele

International Conference of Machine Learning, ICML 2016 (Oral Presentation)

Learning Deep Representations of Fine-Grained Visual Descriptions

Scott Reed, Zeynep Akata, Honglak Lee and Bernt Schiele

IEEE Conference of Computer Vision and Patter Recognition, CVPR 2016 (Spotlight Presentation)

Multi-Cue Zero-Shot Learning with Strong Supervision

Zeynep Akata, Mateusz Malinowski, Mario Fritz and Bernt Schiele

IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2016 (Spotlight Presentation)

Latent Embeddings for Zero-Shot Classification

Yongqin Xian, Zeynep Akata, Gaurav Sharma, Quynh Nguyen, Matthias Hein and Bernt Schiele

IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2016 (Spotlight Presentation)

Evaluation of Output Embeddings for Image Classification

Zeynep Akata, Scott Reed, Daniel Walter, Honglak Lee and Bernt Schiele

IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2015

Label Embeddings for Image Classification

Zeynep Akata, Florent Perronnin, Zaid Harchaoui, Cordelia Schmid

IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI), Vol:38, No:7, July 2016

Publications before MPI