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Margrit Betke, Professor, Department of Computer Science

Short Bio and Funding, Selected Papers

Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research: Computer vision and assistive technologies. Current projects:
Publications: Recent publications and full list of publications, ACM Digital Library profile, Microsoft Academic Search profile, Google Scholar profile, DBLP profile.
Students: Postdoc: Zheng Wu, PhD students: Mikhail Breslav, Danna Gurari, Ajjen Joshi, Wenxin Feng, Diane Hirsh Theriault, UROP MA/BA student: Seule Ki Kim, Gordon Towne. Former students. Student Awards. Most recently: Chris Kwan's.
Teaching: Artificial Intelligence (CS 440/640) in Spring 2012, Room MCS B25, Tue, Thu 12:30-2 pm
Geometric Algorithms (CS 132) in Fall 2010
Image and Video Computation (CS 585) in Fall 2014: Tue/Thu 12:30-2 pm
Directed Study in Image and Video Computing: CAS CS 492, GRS CS 941, or GRS CS 979, or Directed Study in AI: GRS CS 941, ongoing.
Office Hours: Spring 2014: Sabbatical. Fall 2014: Tue 2:30-4 pm, Thu 12:30-2 pm and by appointment.
Awards: Margrit Betke was elected to Senior Member of the ACM and Senior Member of the IEEE in October 2012. She was one of two academics to win the "Top 10 Women to Watch in New England" Award in 2005. More importantly, sixteen of her student research assistants have won awards. Most recently, a Best Paper Award at the IEEE Workshop on the Applications of Computer Vision, WACV 2013.
In the Press: Group Behavior: BU.
Camera Mouse: Video Interview, BU, Kablenet, Belfast Telegraph, MassHighTech, Bradford Telegraph & Argus
Empathic Painting: BBC, ABC News, SydneyMH, The Hindu, DigitalWorld Tokyo, Inky, Canada TecChannel - M√ľnchen, Frontpage - Netherlands
Free Software: Camera Mouse - a program that enables a person with severe disabilities to control the mouse pointer on the computer screen just by moving the head.
Camera Canvas - image editing software developed for people with severe motor impairments who cannot use their hands to operate a mouse or keyboard. It can be used with the Camera Mouse or other mouse-replacement tools. Camera Canvas enables users to edit images and draw pictures just by moving their heads.
Animate! -- a program that enables people with disabilities to create animations of an anthropomorphic figure.
Patent: "Method and system for the detection, comparison and volumetric quantification of pulmonary nodules on medical computed tomography scans." Inventors Margrit Betke and Jane P. Ko., US Patent 7,206,462, issued on April 17, 2007.

Recent Publications:

Journal Papers:

Diane H. Theriault, Nathan W. Fuller, Brandon E. Jackson, Evan Bluhm, Dennis Evangelista, Zheng Wu, Margrit Betke, and Tyson L. Hedrick "A protocol and calibration method for accurate multi-camera field videography." The Journal of Experimental Biology. Open Access online, February 2014. Article.

S. Epstein, E. Missimer and M. Betke. "Using kernels for a video-based mouse-replacement interface," Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 18:47-60, January 2014. (Open access online, Nov. 6, 2012.) pdf .

X. Yang, C. Schaaf, A. Strahler, T. Kunz, N. Fuller, M. Betke, Z. Wu, Z. Wang, D. Theriault, D. Culvenor, D. Jupp, G. Newnham, and J. Lovell. Study of bat flight behavior by combining thermal image analysis with a LiDAR forest reconstruction. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 39(S1):S112-S125, October 2013. Article.

C. W. Kwan, I. Paquette, J. J. Magee, and M. Betke, "Adaptive Sliding Menubars Make Existing Software More Accessible to People with Severe Motion Impairments," Universal Access in the Information Society. Open Access online, March 2013. 18 pages. pdf

S. Epstein and M. Betke, "The Kernel Semi-least Squares Method for Sparse Distance Approximation," Neural Computation, 25(3):532-548, February 2013.

Conference Papers:

W. Feng, M. Chen and M. Betke. "Target Reverse Crossing -- A Selection Method for Camera-based Mouse-replacement Systems." The 7th International Conference on Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA , Rhodes, Greece, May 2014. 4 pages.

Z. Kong, K. Ozcimder, N. W. Fuller, D. Theriault, M. Betke and J. Baillieul, "Perception and Steering Control in Paired Bat Flight." To be presented at The 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, IFAC , Durban, South Africa, August, 2014, 7 pages.

M. Breslav, N. Fuller, S. Sclaroff and M. Betke, "3D Pose Estimation of Bats in the Wild," Proceedings of the IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision, WACV, Steamboat Springs, CO, March 2014. 8 pages.

Q. Bai, Z. Wu, S. Sclaroff, M. Betke, and C. Monnier, "Randomized Ensemble Tracking," Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), Sydney, Australia, December 2013, pdf, avi video, and mov video.

Z. Kong, K. Ozcimder, N. Fuller, A. Greco, D. Theriault, Z. Wu, T. Kunz, M. Betke, and J. Baillieul. "Optical flow sensing and the inverse perception problem for flying bats," The 2013 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Florence, Italy, December 2013. 8 pages.

M. Betke. "emPower, an Infrastructure for Remote Assessment of Interfaces for Individuals with Severe Motion Impairments." Proceedings of the AAATE 2013, the 12th European AAATE Conference by the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe, Vilamoura, Portugal, September 2013. 4 pp.

Z. Wu, J. Zhang, and M. Betke. "Online Motion Agreement Tracking." British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC), Bristol, U.K., September 2013. 10 pp. Abstract, pdf, and video.

Earlier Publications:

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Margrit Betke, Professor
Computer Science Department
Boston University
111 Cummington Mall, Rm MCS 286
Boston, MA 02215 ( campus map )
Email: betke @ cs.bu.edu
URL: http://www.cs.bu.edu/faculty/betke
Phone: 617-353-8919 (or 6412)
Fax: 617-353-6457
Last updated: January 2014
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