Derek Hoiem is an associate professor Computer Science at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, since January 2009. Derek received his PhD in
Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship
at the Beckman Institute in 2008. Derek's primary research goal is to model the physical
and semantic structure of the world, so computers can better understand scenes from
images. In particular, he researches algorithms to interpret physical space
from images and to relate objects to their environment and to each other. Example applications
include creating 3D models of scenes and objects from one image, photorealistic rendering of
object models into images, robot navigation, and creating and matching as-built 3D models
of construction scenes to planned models. Derek has published
dozens of papers and several patents, and his work has been recognized with awards including an
ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award honorable mention, CVPR best paper award,
Intel Early Career Faculty award, Sloan Fellowship, and PAMI Significant Young Researcher award.
Derek Hoiem is also co-founder and CTO of Reconstruct, which visually documents construction sites, matching
images to plans and analyzing productivity and risk for delay.