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Harpreet Singh Sawhney
Chief Technology Officer, Center for Vision Technologies
Harpreet S. Sawhney, Ph.D., is chief technology officer of the Center for Vision Technologies and technical director of the Vision and Learning Laboratory at SRI International.
In his role as CTO of Vision Technologies, he works with researchers and developers across three focus areas to create algorithms, software, and systems for all aspects of vision, robotics, and visual learning.
Sawhney has extended the scope of vision technology at SRI from basic sensor processing to recognition and reasoning about objects and activities in complex scenes. As technical director, he provides hands-on leadership, algorithmic and software expertise, and technology-business innovativeness, resulting in the lab’s fourfold growth of R&D business over a seven-year period.
The focus of his work includes large-scale visual media analysis, understanding, and search; real-time 3D vision including object recognition, tracking, and fingerprinting with LiDAR and video; LiDAR/video mapping and scene understanding; and high-quality image and video enhancement. Sawhney’s lab is building fundamental algorithms and systems in the rapidly emerging area of understanding human-human and human-machine interactions through sensing. A large focus area for Sawhney and his team is deriving awareness and understanding of real-world events through multimodal analytics from sensors in the wild.
Prior to joining Sarnoff Corporation (now SRI International) in 1995, Sawhney worked at the IBM Almaden Research Center, where he led algorithmic and system development for video annotation, indexing and querying.
Sawhney has published more than 100 papers and holds 58 patents. He was named an SRI Fellow in 2011 and IEEE Fellow in 2012 for his contributions to computer vision and video algorithms. He has been recognized as the recipient of six Sarnoff Corporation Technical Achievement Awards between 1999 and 2004, as well as the David Sarnoff Technical Achievement Award in 1997.
Sawhney received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His M.Tech and B.Tech in electrical engineering are from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India.