I am Computer Vision engineer with an augmented reality company named Ogmento, based in New York City. My job involves thinking about new ways for people to interact with mobile device and new ways for mobile devices to understand the visual world. In 2012 I completed a PhD with the Active Vision Lab at Oxford University, where my work focussed on computer vision -- algorithms to understand the world as seen through a camera. In 2008 I was awarded a Clarendon Fund scholarship to Oxford. I completed my undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Adelaide, and I subsequently received a University Medal for outstanding academic achievement. In 2010 I founded the Oxford Transhumanist society to promote discussion and debate on issues around rationality, ethics, and technology. I have also been a member of the student committee for the Oxford Entrepreneurs and helped to found the Clarendon Scholars Council.
I have accepted a computer vision engineering role at Ogmento beginning April 23rd.
I will be away from Oxford during summer 2011 as I am a visiting student with Bill Freeman at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The elevator pitch. My research concerns computer algorithms that understand the visual world as seen through a camera in sufficient detail to provide useful real-time information to humans.
The whole story. Since its inceptions the field of multiple view geometry within computer vision has mostly concerned itself with fast, accurate, and detailed 3D reconstructions. My research aims to leverage these geometric ideas instead for scene understanding, which has until recently been the exclusive domain of monocular (single-image) computer vision. To this end I work with indoor Manhattan environments in which the world is built up from axis-aligned surface. I have developed a fully Bayesian model for inference in this domain, which happens to have a very fast (100ms) dynamic programming solution. For more details see the publications section.
In 2010 I founded a student society called the Oxford Transhumanists to promote discussion on rationality, ethics, technology, and the future. We have since hosted many prominent speakers and we now hold friendly weekend meetups each Sunday at 6pm. To find out more or get involved, join the rationality Google Group. You may also be interested in:
In 2010 four Oxford PhD students including myself founded Oxford Ideas. Our first project is an application for smart phones that provides relaxing stories to help people calm their mind before an important meeting, presentation, or exam. We ran a university-wide story-writing competition, which was judged by author Phillip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials trilogy. Stay in touch on the Oxford Ideas facebook page.
My blog is called "Living Dymaxion" as a tribute to innovation, productivity, and thinking-outside-the-box engendered by Buckminster Fuller. Unfortunately, it hasn't received enough attention in the last few months. I also contribute to the community rationality project LessWrong.