Australian AI experts head to New Orleans for the latest in computer vision

Thousands of the world’s top artificial intelligence (AI) experts will travel to New Orleans, La., next week for the leading conference on computer vision; among them, researchers from the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) presenting 23 papers at the forefront of new research in the field.

Known as CVPR, the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition is held annually in North America and is broadly considered the most important conference in AI; producing the world’s fourth-most impactful scientific papers in a ranking by Google Scholar Index, beaten only by three long-established science ‘bibles’ (Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Science).

Computer vision is a field of artificial intelligence (AI) that deals with how computers can gain meaningful understanding of information from visual input such as digital images and video. Applications are broad, and include everything from autonomous vehicles and robots, medical imaging, space satellites, and even popular social media apps like TikTok.

CVPR paper submissions are highly competitive, and subject to a rigorous blind peer review process. This year, the conference has a 25% acceptance rate (2,067 papers from more than 8,000 full submissions). CVPR will be held from 19 - 24 June 2022 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La., the first in-person conference after the 2020 and 2021 conferences were held online due to Covid-19.

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Hosted in New Orleans in June 2022, CVPR is the premier annual computer vision event comprising a main conference and several co-located workshops and short courses. Photo: iStock.

In addition to the main conference program, it will also include a major trade expo and more than 130 specialist workshops. More than 9,000 machine learning students, researchers, and industry professionals are expected to attend.

AIML’s Director, Professor Simon Lucey, an author of four papers accepted to CVPR 2022, is looking forward to this year’s conference. He says that CVPR’s rising prominence speaks to the importance of computer vision research in fueling innovation, not just in AI and tech fields, but across industry and business more broadly.

“It’s remarkable for any type of engineering or mathematical discipline. The reason that’s the case is this subset of AI, computer vision, has really been driving the field,” Professor Lucey says.

“The big innovations in AI in the last 10 years have really stemmed from computer vision. That’s why it’s so way out in front.”

“The value of computer vision isn’t just that it’s amazing technology, it’s where it’s applied and what it’s doing for us that’s important. We’re seeing significant developments in diagnostic health care, environmental and agricultural management, as well as autonomous vehicles and defence technology. It’s bringing about efficiencies across a whole range of really big industries.”

“That’s why it’s so competitive. It’s incredibly valuable.”

While other academic fields typically publish in scholarly journals, with longer publication lead times, the machine learning research community (and many other areas of computer science) often publishes in conference proceedings. This is primarily due to the faster turnaround time from paper submission, acceptance, to publication. The accelerated process favours the AI industry, where new generations of software capability are increasingly measured in months, not years.

An institute of the University of Adelaide, AIML was established in 2018 at Lot Fourteen, South Australia’s innovation precinct, in partnership with the Government of South Australia. With more than 160 members, AIML is Australia’s largest and best-ranked site for AI research capability[1]. In the speciality of computer vision research, it typically ranks among the global top five[2].

[1] AI research capability by publications, Australasia, 2012-2022, as at 15 June 2022.

[2] computer vision research capability by publications, global, 2012-2022, as at 15 June 2022.

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Hosted in New Orleans in June 2022, CVPR is the premier annual computer vision event comprising the main conference and several co-located workshops and short courses.

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