Fermüller, Cornelia

Cornelia Fermuller
Associate Research Scientist
Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS)
Department of Computer Science
4459 A.V. Williams Bldg., University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Research Interests 
Computer Vision and Human Vision, Perception for Robotics, visual motion analysis, multi-view geometry, shape, texture, action perception.
Background Info 

Cornelia Fermuller is Associate Research Scientist at the Computer Vision Laboratory of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. She holds a Ph.D  from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria ( 1993) and an M.S. from the University of Technology, Graz, Austria (1989), both in Applied Mathematics.

Cornelia Fermuller’s research is in the areas of Computer Vision and Human Vision. In her work of Computer Vision she has developed many computational models and implemented software solutions for applications in visual navigation and image processing. Her work on biological vision involves examining the computational constraints, building simulation models, and performing psychophysical experiments to understand the possible computational mechanisms explaining human motion and low level signal perception.

Many of her studies have been investigating the computational principles underlying multiple view geometry and statistics, and she has discovered a number of basic computational principles in the analysis of visual motion and shape recovery. These include view-invariant texture descriptors, constraints on 3D motion estimation, 3D shape and image segmentation, insights on the effects of sensor design on motion estimation, and the findings of statistical bias in low level processing. She has applied these studies in a number of applications, including  new imaging sensors for better motion and shape recovery,  software for visual motion tasks in Navigation and Robotics, and various tasks of video computing, such as compression, video manipulation, and image based rendering.

Her current research interests are centered around developing cognitive robotic systems that integrate perception with action, reasoning and language. One ongoing project is about developing a robot that visually searches for objects in a room. A second project is about recognizing human manipulation actions, where the robot uses a human-inspired approach that involves attention, segmentation and attribute description to recognize objects and actions, and uses semantic knowledge acquired from language tools about the relationship of objects, actions, their attributes, and the environment in which they occur.

Related News 

Hyperdimensional computer theory featured in Voice of America video
The video features the work of UMD faculty Yiannis Aloimonos and Cornelia Fermuller and their students.July 2, 2019

Helping robots remember
Hyperdimensional computing theory could change the way AI worksMay 16, 2019

Cornelia Fermüller joins ISR affiliate faculty
The UMIACS associate research scientist focuses on computer vision, robotics and human vision.February 22, 2019

Maryland Robotics Center launches a new postdoctoral fellowship program
The program will foster multidisciplinary collaborations among Maryland Robotics Center faculty.September 14, 2018

GapFlyt helps aerial robots navigate more like birds and insects
Bio-inspired sensorimotor framework allows quadrotors to fly though unknown gaps without building 3D maps.July 30, 2018

Maynord and Guha are Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship winners
They will receive a $100K fellowship for their project, "Feedback for Vision."April 21, 2016

New research will help cyber-physical systems understand human activities
NSF grant funds Fermüller, Baras and Aloimonos to develop a three-layer architecture.September 16, 2015

ARC Lab holds inaugural open house
Lab conducts research in aunonomy, robotics and cognition.February 9, 2015

Robots learn kitchen skills by watching YouTube videos
Autonomous robots can learn and perform complex actions via observationJanuary 20, 2015

Clark School Faculty Members to Receive Two Seed Grants
Professors Desai and Shapiro awarded $75,000 grants for research collaborations with UMB.July 10, 2013