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 (Colombia)

Email: njuan at uninorte dot edu dot co


Juan Carlos Niebles received an Engineering degree in Electronics from Universidad del Norte (Colombia) in 2002, an M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2011. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the Stanford AI Lab and Associate Director of Research at the Stanford-Toyota Center for AI Research since 2015. He is also an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Universidad del Norte (Colombia) since 2011. His research interests are in computer vision and machine learning, with a focus on visual recognition and understanding of human actions and activities, objects, scenes and events. His computer vision research has been sponsored by a Google Faculty Research award (2015), the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship (2012), a Google Research award (2011) and the Colombian science agency - Colciencias.


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 (2016, M.Sc. E.E.)
David Altamar (2016, M.Sc. E.E.)
Victor Escorcia (2014, M.Sc. E.E)
Fabian Caba (2014, M.Sc. E.E.)
Maria Alejandra Davila (2014, M.Sc. E.E.)


I am organizing the ActivityNet Large Scale Activity Recognition Challenge, a workshop to be held in conjunction with CVPR 2016.

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

  • Ivan Lillo, Juan Carlos Niebles and Alvaro Soto. A Hierarchical Pose-Based Approach to Complex Action Understanding Using Dictionaries of Actionlets and Motion Poselets. CVPR, 2016.
  • Fabian Caba Heilbron, Juan Carlos Niebles and Bernard Ghanem. Fast Temporal Activity Proposals for Efficient Detection of Human Actions in Untrimmed Videos. CVPR, 2016.
  • Fabian Caba Heilbron, 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.

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Since June-18-2008
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