Vicente Ordóñez Román

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Virginia
My research lies at the intersection of Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. I am especially interested in analyzing, and mining useful human insights from enormous amounts of images with associated text to improve visual recognition. I am also interested in building efficient visual recognition models that can perform high-level perceptual tasks for applications in social media, urban computing, and everyday activities. More recently, I am also involved in research on fairness and accountability in machine learning applications.
About me

I'm a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia and Visiting Professor at Adobe Research. Before this, I spent a year as visiting researcher at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) in Seattle. I received my PhD in Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 advised by Prof. Tamara Berg. Previously, I obtained an MS in Computer Science at Stony Brook University (SUNY) and an engineering degree at the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral in Ecuador. I'm a recipient of a Best -Long- Paper Award at the 2017 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), and the Best Paper -Marr Prize- Award at the 2013 International Conference in Computer Vision (ICCV). I have also been recently awarded an IBM Faculty Award and a Google Faculty Research Award. Here is a link to an official bio, and my curriculum vitae.

News and updates
I'm also co-organizing with students in my group the
UVA Computer Vision seminar. I also co-direct with Paul Humphreys the Human and Machine Intelligence seminar.
Research Group

Tianlu Wang (PhD Student), Fuwen Tan (PhD Student), Ziyan Yang (PhD Student), Paola Cascante-Bonilla (PhD Student), Leticia Pinto (Visiting Student), Lindsey Shavers (Undergraduate Student), Jeffrey Tan (Undergraduate Student).

Research and Publications Current and recent collaborators
Song Feng (IBM Research), Hui Wu (IBM Research), Xiaoxiao Guo (IBM Research), Polina Kuznetsova (Facebook), Kota Yamaguchi (CyberAgent Inc), Baishakhi Ray (Columbia University), Quanquan Gu (University of California Los Angeles), Yangfeng Ji (University of Virginia), Mark Yatskar (Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence), Kai-Wei Chang (University of California Los Angeles), Jieyu Zhao (University of California Los Angeles), Connelly Barnes (Adobe Research), Mohammad Rastegari (Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence), Ali Farhadi (University of Washington and Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence), Joseph Redmon (University of Washington), Luke Zettlemoyer (University of Washington).
Current and Past Funding Support
SAP SE Leidos Inc IBM ResearchGoogle
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