Leonid Taycher


Research Interests

Computer Vision: Statistical models, articulated motion tracking, visual computer-human interfaces, human identification and tracking.

Academic Background

09/1999 -- Present Ph.D. Program. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Massachussets Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Advisor: Prof. Trevor Darrell.
Degree expected in Summer 2006
01/1996 -- 09/1997 Master of Arts In Computer Science (concentration in Computer Vision).
Boston University, Boston, MA
Project Title: Image Feature Extraction Subsystem of the ImageRover WWW Search Engine.
Advisor: Prof. Stanley Sclaroff.
09/1993 -- 05/1997 Bachelor of Arts In Computer Science (Magna Cum Laude). Minor in Mathematics.
Boston University, Boston, MA


05/1997 Best Computer Science Student of the Year Award. Boston University
05/1997 Valedictorian at Computer Science department's convocation.
05/1997 Member of Phi Beta Kappa
02/1996 Member of Golden Key Honor Society

Teaching Experience

02/2002 -- 05/2002 Teaching Assistant. Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Course: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs.
09/1996 -- 12/1996 Teaching Assistant. Boston University, Boston, MA
Course: Introduction to Computer Science.

Research and Industrial Experience

09/1999 -- present Research Assistant. Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Member of a Vision Interfaces Group.
Projects included
  • Foreground detection in stereo images
  • Articulated body tracking (human pose estimation)
  • New graphical modeling framework and algorithms for processing sequential data (disseration topic)
06/2004 -- 08/2004 Research staff. Siemens Corporate Research, Princeton, Cambridge, MA.
Conducted preliminary research on detecting and classifying cancerous lymph nodes from MRI imagery.
08/1997 -- 08/2002 Senior Software Engineer. Cognex Corporation, Natick, MA
Member of a Vision Tools group.
  • Responsible for design and development of an AutoSelect tool (patent obtained), which allows for automatic selection of training sites for Cognex's search algorithms.
  • Solely responsible for PatInspect tool (patent application filed), which performs general template based object boundary segmentation.
  • Responsible for AutoTrain feature of Paste Inspection Application, for locating individual bond pads on the printed circuit board for subsequent inspection.
06/1996 -- 08/1997 Research Assistant. Boston University, Boston, MA
Member of a Image and Video Computing Group.
  • Responsible for WebVision, a C++ template based library which provides basic image processing capabilities.
  • Responsible for implementing image decompositions including MRSAR and steerable filter based texture analysis.
06/1995 -- 06/1996
12/1992 - 05/1994
Software Engineer. CLEAR Software Inc., Newton, MA
  • Designed and developed initial version of CLEARweb bookmark editor.
  • Solely responsible for design and coding of Java based CLEARweb WWW Viewer.
  • Solely responsible for design and coding of the object-oriented, Visual Shape Editor for allCLEAR Flowchart Compiler Professional Version
06/1994 - 05/1995 Software Engineer. B&L Associates, Inc., Needam, MA
Member of the team which designed and developed multiplatform client software for Client/Server Bbars Backup Utility.


Languages: C++, C, Perl, Java, Matlab, Pascal/Object Pascal, HTML, LaTeX.
Operating Systems: Linux, MS Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Unix.



5 patents granted. 2 pending

Created by: Leonid Taycher