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Brief Bio - Matthew A. Turk

Matthew Turk received a B.S. from Virginia Tech in Electrical Engineering in 1982, then an M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1984.  His masters work was in the area of robot fine motion planning. He worked for Martin Marietta Denver Aerospace from 1984 to 1987, primarily on vision for autonomous robot navigation (part of DARPA's ALV program, the precursor to the recent DARPA Grand Challenge events). In 1987 he went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a Ph.D. from the Media Lab in 1991 for his work on automatic face recognition. A paper on this work received an IEEE Computer Society Outstanding Paper award at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in 1991.  After a brief post-doc at MIT, in 1992 Matthew moved to Grenoble, France as a visiting researcher at LIFIA/ENSIMAG, then took a position at Teleos Research (in Palo Alto, CA) in 1993. In 1994, Matthew joined Microsoft Research as a founding member of the Vision Technology Group. In 2000 he joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he is now a full Professor in the Computer Science Department and former Chair (2005-2010) of the Media Arts and Technology Graduate Program. He co-directs the Four Eyes Lab, where the research focus is on the "four I's" of Imaging, Interaction, and Innovative Interfaces. He is a founding member and former chair of the advisory board for the International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces and on the editorial board of the Journal of Image and Vision Computing and the ACM Transactions on Intelligent Interactive Systems. He was a general chair of ACM Multimedia 2006, IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition 2011, and the 2014 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). He is an IEEE Fellow, an IAPR Fellow, and the recipient of the 2011-2012 Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies.

Research Interests:

Computer vision, human-computer interaction, augmented reality, computational photography, graphics and imaging, digital media, pattern recognition and artificial intelligence. Vision-based and perceptual interfaces, analysis of human movement and activity, multimodal interfaces, multimodal biometrics.

Academic Degrees:

Professional Positions:




University of California, Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara, CA



University of Oulu

Visiting Professor, June-Aug 2012

Oulu, Finland



University of Tampere

Visiting Professor, Aug-Sept 2011

Tampere, Finland


2003, 2004

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Visiting Professor, August 2003, July 2004

Lausanne, Switzerland



Microsoft Research


Redmond, WA



Teleos Research

Computer Scientist

Palo Alto, CA



Stanford University


Palo Alto, CA




Visiting researcher / postdoc

Grenoble, France



Martin Marietta Denver Aerospace

Senior Engineer

Denver, CO


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