Juan Carlos Niebles

Research Director, Salesforce AI Research
Co-Director, Stanford Vision and Learning Lab
Adjunct Professor, CS Dept., Stanford University



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 Research Director at Salesforce and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Stanford since 2021. He is co-Director of the Stanford Vision and Learning Lab. Before that, he was Associate Director of Research at the Stanford-Toyota Center for AI Research and a Senior Research Scientist at the Stanford AI Lab between 2015 and 2021. He was also an Associate Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Universidad del Norte (Colombia) between 2011 and 2019.

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.

He serves as Area Chair for CVPR, ICCV and ECCV, as well as Associate Editor for IEEE TPAMI. He is also a member of the AI Index Steering Committee and is the Curriculum Director for Stanford-AI4ALL.

He is a recipient of a Google Faculty Research award (2015), the Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship (2012), a Google Research award (2011) and a Fulbright Fellowship (2005).


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.


May 2024 We are releasing XGen-MM: a new 4.6B model that achieves state-of-the-art performance on few-shot learning and multimodal benchmarks.
Mar 2024 I am an Area Chair for ECCV 2024.
Jan 2024 I am a speaker at Congreso Futuro 2024.

selected publications

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    ULIP-2: Towards Scalable Multimodal Pre-training for 3D Understanding
    Le Xue, Ning Yu, Shu Zhang, Artemis Panagopoulou, Junnan Li, Roberto Martín-Martín, Jiajun Wu, Caiming Xiong, Ran Xu, Juan Carlos Niebles, and 1 more author
    In IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). Seattle, Washington. Jun 2024
  2. Spotlight
    Retroformer: Retrospective Large Language Agents with Policy Gradient Optimization
    Weiran Yao, Shelby Heinecke, Juan Carlos Niebles, Zhiwei Liu, Yihao Feng, Le Xue, Rithesh R. N., Zeyuan Chen, Jianguo Zhang, Devansh Arpit, and 5 more authors
    In The Twelfth International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR). Vienna, Austria. May 2024

all publications