Juan Carlos Niebles

Senior Research Scientist
Computer Science Department
Stanford University

Email: jniebles at cs dot stanford dot edu

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Assistant Professor
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Universidad del Norte
Barranquilla, Colombia

Email: njuan at uninorte dot edu dot co

I am originally from Barranquilla (Colombia) where I got my engineering degree in Electronics from Universidad del Norte in 2002. I got my PhD from Princeton University in January 2011, under the supervision of Fei-Fei Li. Since May 2015, I am part of the research staff in the Stanford Computer Science Department. I am also a faculty member of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at Universidad del Norte since January 2011.


My research work is in computer vision. The goal of my research is to enable computers and robots to perceive the visual world by developing novel computer vision algorithms for automatic analysis of images and videos.
From the scientific point of view, we tackle fundamental open problems in computer vision research related to the visual recognition and understanding of human actions and activities, objects, scenes and events.
From the application perspective, we develop systems that solve practical world problems by introducing cutting-edge computer vision technologies into new application domains.

I have also worked in other topics related to embedded systems and robotics.


Current Students
Ariel Nuñez (M.Sc. E.E. - U. del Norte)
Jorge Martínez (M.Sc. E.E. - U. del Norte)
David Altamar (M.Sc. E.E. - U. del Norte)

Victor Escorcia (2014, M.Sc. E.E. - Now Ph.D. student at KAUST)
Fabian Caba (2014, M.Sc. E.E. - Now Ph.D. student at KAUST)
Maria Alejandra Davila (2014, M.Sc. E.E.)


I am the recipient of a Google Faculty Research Award. February 2015.

The President of Colombia invited me to the celebration of the UN International Youth Day. August 2013.

I was selected one of the seven 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows, and the first second-generation recipient

I am the recipient of a Google Research Award. December 2011.

I would like to connect with other Latin Americans in Computer Vision.

I was involved in the organization of CVPR 2010 as a Volunteers Chair.

I was an organizer for BAVM2009: Bay Area Vision Meeting on Image and Video Understanding; Stanford, CA. August 14th, 2009. [Read More]

I was part of the UIUC-Princeton Team that won the First Place (software league) in the 1st Semantic Robot Vision Challenge at AAAI-07. You can visit our Team Page; we were featured in The Wire, the ECE Illinois Weekly Newsletter; and also in the Princeton CS Department news.

Selected Publications

  • Fabian Caba, Victor Escorcia, Bernard Ghanem and Juan Carlos Niebles. ActivityNet: A Large-Scale Video Benchmark for Human Activity Understanding. CVPR, 2015. activity-net.org.
  • Fabian Caba Heilbron, Ali Thabet, Juan Carlos Niebles, Bernard Ghanem. Camera Motion and Surrounding Scene Appearance as Context for Action Recognition. ACCV, Singapore, 2014. Code, Project Page.
  • Ivan Lillo, Alvaro Soto and Juan Carlos Niebles. Discriminative Hierarchical Modeling of Spatio-Temporally Composable Human Activities. CVPR, Columbus, USA, 2014. Project Page, Composable Activites Dataset.
  • Fabian Caba and Juan Carlos Niebles. Collecting and Annotating Human Activities in Web Videos. In ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR), UK, 2014. PDF, Code.
  • Victor Escorcia and Juan Carlos Niebles. Spatio-Temporal Human-Object Interactions for Action Recognition in Videos. In ICCV Workshops, Australia, 2013. Project Page.

[Full publication list]


Since June-18-2008
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