Sanja Fidler


I am an assistant professor at University of Toronto. Prior coming to Toronto, in 2012/2013, I was a research assistant professor at Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago. I did my postdoc with Prof. Sven Dickinson at University of Toronto. I finished my PhD in 2010 at University of Ljubljana in the group of Prof. Ales Leonardis. In 2010, I was visiting Prof. Trevor Darrell's group at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and UC Berkeley. More information is in my CV.

Research interests

My main research interests are object detection, particularly scalable multi-class detection, 3D object recognition and detection, object segmentation and image labeling, and (3D) scene understanding. I am also interested in the interplay between language and vision: generating sentential descriptions from complex scenes, as well as using sentential descriptions for better scene parsing (for example, in the scenario of the human-robot interaction).


PhD/Msc students:

  • Kaustav Kundu, UofT, with Raquel Urtasun
  • Tom Lee, UofT, with Sven Dickinson
  • Yukun Zhu, UofT, with Raquel Urtasun and Ruslan Salakhutdinov
  • Ziyu Zhang, UofT, with Raquel Urtasun
  • Ivan Vendrov, UofT, with Raquel Urtasun

  • Visiting students:

  • Edgar Simo-Serra (PhD student), UPC, with Raquel Urtasun
  • Chenxi Liu (undergrad), Tsingua University, with Raquel Urtasun
  • Yinan Zhao (undergrad), Tsingua University, with Raquel Urtasun

  • UTRECS (undegrad summer research) students:

  • Jialiang Wang (undergrad), UofT, with Sven Dickinson
  • Uri Priel (undergrad), UofT, with Sven Dickinson
  • Kamyar Seyed Ghasemipour (undergrad), UofT, with Suzanne Stevenson and   Sven Dickinson

  • Ongoing collaboration:

  • Jian Yao (PhD student), UofT, with Raquel Urtasun

  • Past collaboration:

  • Wesley May (Masters student), UofT (now at Facebook), with Suzanne Stevenson and Sven Dickinson
  • Gang Chen (PhD student), SUNY at Buffalo, with Jason Corso

  • Past visiting students (all with Raquel Urtasun):

  • Kong Chen (undergrad), Tsingua University (now a PhD student at CMU)
  • Roozbeh Mottaghi (PhD student), UCLA (now a postdoc at Stanford)
  • Liang-Chieh Chen (PhD student), UCLA
  • Abhishek Sharma (PhD student), UMD
  • Teaching

    2014, Fall     CSC 420: Intro to Image Understanding (undergraduate course)
    2015, Winter     CSC 2523: Topics in CV, Visual Recognition with Text (graduate seminar)


    Aug 21, 2014    Invited lecture for MARS
    Aug 4, 2014    PASCAL-Part dataset released!
    July 15, 2014    PASCAL-Context dataset released!
    July 1, 2014    Organizing video competition for undergrad summer students.
    June 30, 2014    Will serve as publication chair for CVPR 2015.
    March 30, 2014    We released code & data for our ICCV'13 paper on symmetry.
    March 1, 2014    Five papers accepted at CVPR 2014.
    Feb 10, 2014    We released code & data for our ICCV'13 RGBD detection paper.
    Jan 3, 2014    We released code and data for our CVPR'12 paper on holistic scene
    Dec 2, 2013    We released a collection of CAD models accompanying our NIPS'12
       paper on 3D object detection.
    Dec 1, 2013    We released data for our CVPR'13 paper on segDPM.
    Nov 10, 2013    I will be taking students at University of Toronto, working in the
       domain of 3D scene understanding.
    Nov 10, 2013    Moving to University of Toronto in Jan 2014.
    Sept 12, 2013    Talk at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK.
    Sept 9, 2013    Talk at MPI Tübingen, Perceiving Systems
    Sept 6-9, 2013    Visiting Prof. Michael Black's department at MPI Tübingen
    Sept 4, 2013    Oral and two posters accepted at ICCV 2013
    June, 2013    CVPR'13 publication chair and organizer of poster spotlights
    May 30, 2013    Visiting dr. Chris Geyer at iRobot
    May, 2013    Visiting Prof. Antonio Torralba at MIT
    March 1, 2013    Three posters accepted at CVPR 2013