The OpenPTrack Team
OpenPTrack is led by UCLA REMAP and Open Perception. Key collaborators include the University of Padova, Electroland and Indiana University Bloomington. Early adopters include the UCLA Interpretive Media Laboratory, California State Parks, UCLA Lab School and cheLA. (More on the partners.)
Matteo Munaro (Lead Developer) is a scientist with Open Perception. He researches people detection, tracking and re-identification with color cameras and RGB-D sensors for mobile robots. From November 2009 to October 2010, he was a Marie Curie Fellow at IFREMER in Toulon (France), working on seabed image mosaicking and 3D reconstruction by means of laser-triangulation systems mounted on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. In April 2010, he was a visiting researcher at the VICOROB Laboratory of the University of Girona (Spain). From September–December 2012, he was a visiting PhD student at BIWI, ETH Zurich (Switzerland). As a PCL developer, he has contributed algorithms for people detection from RGB-D data, contributed to the SwRI/NIST Code Sprint, and was a speaker for the PCL tutorial at ICRA 2013. Munaro is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Padova’s Intelligent Autonomous Systems Laboratory.
Marco Carraro (Lead Developer) is a PhD student at the University of Padova. His research focuses on computer vision applied to robotics—in particular, HRI. He previously earned a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Padova with a thesis about long-term people re-identification from RGB-D data. He is a member of the University of Padova’s Desert Lion team, one of the finalist of the MBZIRC 2017 challenge, for which he contributed to RUR53 robot building and led robot networking, localization and navigation. For OpenPTrack, he has implemented new libraries for the efficient usage of GPU-enabled embedded cards with RGB-D data, and for UCLA REMAP, been working on new online algorithms for body pose estimation and recognition in camera networks from RGB-D data.
Yongheng Zhao (Developer) is a PhD student at the University of Padova’s Intelligent Autonomous Systems Laboratory. His current research focuses on people detection and tracking and RGB-D sensors and features. He earned a master’s degree at China’s Central South University, where his research focused on 3D froth features extraction efficient for the estimation of mineral content. Previously, he researched non-contact measurement of pulp level with RGB-D sensors, and worked for Dahua Technology in the area of RGB-D-based people detection and tracking.
Alexander Horn (Integration & Testing) is a staff developer for UCLA REMAP, working on several projects including Named Data Networking (NDN). Horn specializes in information visualization, human computer interaction, embedded systems, and public interactive installation. He has installed work at Siggraph, FILE Sao Paolo, lounges, nightclubs and MCA in Chicago, street festivals in New Orleans, children’s hospitals in St Louis and New York, and law offices and public schools in London.
Randy Illum (Integration & Testing) has been a project manager with UCLA REMAP since 2013, researching and implementing technology solutions. Illum is a visual artist focusing on how user interfaces affect perceptions of the mediated world and built environment, how one’s interactions with technology in physical space form their understanding of place. He holds a BFA from Rutgers University, and was a postbaccalaureate student in Phenomenology at the University of Pennsylvania. has been a project manager with UCLA REMAP since 2013, researching and implementing technology solutions. Illum is a visual artist focusing on how user interfaces affect perceptions of the mediated world and built environment, how one’s interactions with technology in physical space form their understanding of place. He holds a BFA from Rutgers University, and was a postbaccalaureate student in Phenomenology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeff Burke (Project Director) is Assistant Dean for Technology and Innovation for the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT). He has been a faculty member at UCLA since 2001, and co-founded UCLA REMAP. Currently, Burke leads applications research for NDN, a 12-campus effort supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a future internet architecture. In addition to NSF, his research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Intel, Cisco, Google, Trust for Mutual Understanding and The MacArthur Foundation, among others. From 2006-2012, he was area lead for participatory sensing at the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, helping to define a new application arena for mobile devices.
Radu B. Rusu (Project Director) is the President and CEO of Open Perception, Inc., a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, and a world renowned expert in 3D data processing. Before Open Perception, he was a research scientist at Willow Garage, where he created the Point Cloud Library (PCL) project. Rusu received his PhD from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), Germany, in 2009. During his studies, he was was affiliated with TUM’s CoTeSys (Cognition for Technical Systems) Excellence Cluster, the Artificial Intelligence Center (AIC) at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) as an international fellow researcher, and also Willow Garage, working on 3D semantic mapping techniques for mobile robots. Since, he has served on the board of many workshops and events at conferences such as RSS, ICRA, IROS, ECCV, ICCV, AAAI, CVPR, and 3DIMPVT. He has co-authored numerous award-winning publications, and is a senior IEEE member and recipient of the IEEE RAS Early Career Award (2013). In 2011, Rusu won the Open Source Software (OSS) World Challenge with PCL.
Peter Gusev (Contributor – NDN Publisher) has been with UCLA REMAP since July 2013. He focuses primarily on NDN, and is leading the development of NDN-RTC, a real-time conferencing tool. In addition to NDN, Peter has contributed to a wide range of interactive audiovisual projects, including Grace Plains, for which he implemented real-time video transmission from Google Glass devices. His experience includes development, embedded programming, web design and interactive augmented reality projects. Peter holds master’s degrees from Bauman Moscow State Technical University (computer science) and Wroclaw University of Technology (business information systems).
Zoe Sandoval (REMAP Production Coordinator) has organized a number of projects for UCLA REMAP, including the Future Storytelling Summer Institute, the Los Angeles State Historic Park (LASHP) Trails mobile website (with the Interpretive Media Laboratory [IMLab]), and NDN. She also produced and managed the Google Glass experiences, Grace Plains and Bodies for a Global Brain. Although she received a degree in the arts, Zoe is fascinated by the exponential growth of science and technology and the way it informs and augments our everyday interactions.
Zhehao Wang (Contributor – NDN Consumer) is an intern, developing applications for UCLA REMAP and its partners. He is focusing primarily on NDN, but has also contributed to a number of other projects, including Grace Plains, Bodies for a Global Brain, and Faces. His research interests include computer networking, computer systems and architecture, and algorithms. Zhehao received his undergraduate degree in 2014.
David Beaudry (Advisor) is the owner of Beaudry Interactive (b/i), which focuses on real-time show control and interactive design. With b/i, he is developing sensing technologies, widgets, software and middleware, and creating dynamic, multilayered storytelling experiences, such as atmospheric entertainment for theme parks. Clients include Disney, Fox, Sony, Nintendo, Diavolo Dance Theater, and Discovery Cube. His installation work has been seen throughout the world. For theatre, he has designed sound for numerous productions, and has received three Ovation Award nominations. He has also designed for dance, concerts, industrials, applications and games. An award-winning clarinetist, he has performed and recorded throughout LA. David holds a doctorate from UCLA, and has taught at UCLA and the Art Center College of Design.
Joshua A. Danish (Advisor) serves on the faculty of Indiana University’s Learning Sciences program. His work combines play, technology, and active learning, and he experiments with computer simulations, augmented reality, programming languages, and other technologies in and out of the classroom. Prior to his academic career, Danish worked as a software engineer, designer, and producer in the educational software industry. He hold a PhD and MA from UCLA and a BS from Johns Hopkins University.
Noel Enyedy (Advisor) is an associate professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the Director of Research for UCLA Lab School. He investigates how people learn through interaction and conversations, attempting to reconcile cognitive and sociocultural theories of teaching and learning in order to design better learning environments. Dr. Enyedy’s work also explores how to use technology to spark and support productive conversations in classrooms. He holds a PhD and MA from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS from the University of California, San Diego.
Eitan Mendelowitz (Advisor) serves on the faculty of Smith College, and holds both a PhD (computer science) and MFA (design and media arts) from UCLA. Mendelowitz explores the cultural implications of the algorithmic creation of meaning. His process blends performance, generative literature, gameplay, installation and visual arts with embodied interaction, physical interfaces and artificial intelligence to create works situated at the intersections of computer science and the arts. His work articulates the expressive potential of artificial intelligence as an emerging cultural form, and has been shown throughout the United States and abroad.
Damon Seeley (Advisor) is a designer at Google. He co-founded the design firm Electroland in 2001 as a vehicle for interests in interactive and media arts in public spaces. He led teams of designers, developers, artists and engineers to realize interactive artworks and installations around the world. Much of this work involved sensor fusion and person tracking development to sense, acknowledge and reward people in interactive physical spaces. Damon holds a degree in design and media arts from UCLA.
Fabian Wagmister (Advisor) is the head of the UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media Production Program, and is the Founding Director of UCLA REMAP. Wagmister’s current work focuses on alternative technological modes for collective creativity, collaborating with diverse communities to generate reflexive media systems emphasizing cultural and locative specificity. In this context, technology and culture converge into a performative social practice of investigation and expression. Much of his recent work at UCLA TFT has focused on interpretive media systems for LASHP and the surrounding neighborhoods, and in collaboration with the California Department of State Parks and Recreation, he created IMLab. For the new LASHP Welcome Center, to be inaugurated in early 2015, Professor Wagmister and the REMAP/IMlab teams are developing an immersive interpretive media environment. Other recent projects include the mobile augmented reality application Skyline Traces, the interactive installation Memoria Barrial, and the neighborhood-scale expressive environment Navilandia Al Sur.