Prof. Bernd Girod


Handheld mobile devices, such as camera phones or PDAs, are expected to become ubiquitous platforms for visual search and mobile augmented reality applications. For mobile image matching, a visual data base is typically stored at a server in the network. Hence, for a visual comparison, information must be either uploaded from the mobile to the server, or downloaded from the server to the mobile. With relatively slow wireless links, the response time of the system critically depends on how much information must be transferred. We review recent advances in mobile matching, using a "bag-of-visual-words" approach with robust feature descriptors, and show that dramatic speed-ups are possible by considering recognition and compression jointly. Real-time implementations of different applications, such as recognition of landmarks or CD covers, demonstrate the relative advantages of image processing on the phone, the server, and/or both.


Bernd Girod is Professor of Electrical Engineering and (by courtesy) Computer Science in the Information Systems Laboratory of Stanford University, California. He was Chaired Professor of Telecommunications in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg until 1999. His research interests are in the areas of video compression, networked media systems, and image databases. He has published over 400 conference and journal papers, as well as 5 books. Professor Girod has been involved in several startup ventures, among them Polycom (Nasdaq:PLCM), Vivo Software, 8x8 (Nasdaq: EGHT), and RealNetworks (Nasdaq: RNWK). He received the Engineering Doctorate from University of Hannover, Germany, and an M.S. Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. Prof. Girod is a Fellow of the IEEE and of EURASIP and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences. He received the 2002 EURASIP Best Paper Award, the 2004 EURASIP Technical Achievement Award, and the 2007 IEEE Multimedia Communication Best Paper Award.

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