Dr. Ferda Ofli

Scientist
Social Computing
4454-1227
" I have always been intrigued by new challenges as they provide the best opportunities to make progress in life. By joining QCRI, I accepted the challenge to help build a strong research institute that strives for pursuing world-class research to advance science and technology in the interest of society in a happening part of the World, Qatar.

Research Focus at QCRI

Ferda's main research interests include multimedia signal processing, computer vision, machine learning, and human-computer interaction. He has also recently started exploring areas like wearable computing, quantified self and personal informatics. One thread of his research activities at QCRI seeks to bring new perspectives from computer vision and machine learning into crisis computing and disaster response. Another thread explores new research grounds for developing innovative solutions in the medical and healthcare domain by combining wearable and mobile technology with social media monitoring and data mining techniques.

Previous Experience

Before joining QCRI, Ferda was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California – Berkeley where he built a multimodal data acquisition system, collected a comprehensive human action database and researched on human body motion analysis and action recognition. He also worked on the design and development of an interactive physical exercise system for remote coaching of the elderly population at UCB. Prior to joining UCB, he pursued his doctoral studies at Koc University where he concentrated on multimodal dance performance analysis and music-driven dance synthesis, as well as, facial expression analysis and speech-driven facial expression synthesis.

Professional Experience

  • 2010 - 2014 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California – Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • 2005 - 2010 Research Assistant, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

Professional Associations and Awards

Reviewer:
  • IEEE Transactions on Multimedia; IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics; IEEE Transactions  on  Audio, Speech and Language Processing; IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology; IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems; IEEE Multimedia; Machine Vision and Applications; Signal Processing: Image Communication; International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems; Journal of Electronic Imaging.
  • ISCIS'10, ISCIS'11, ACII'13, IVMSP'13, ICNC'14, MICCAI'14.

 
Member:

  •   IEEE S'07-M'11
  •    ACM M'10

Education

  •         Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010
  •         B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2005
  •         B.S. in Computer Engineering, Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2005

Selected Research

  • H. Haddadi, F. Ofli, Y. Mejova, I. Weber, J. Srivastava, “360 Quantified Self,” ICHI, 2015.
  • F. Ofli, G. Kurillo, S. Obdrzalek, R. Bajcsy, H. Jimison, M. Pavel, “Design and Evaluation of an Interactive Exercise Coaching System for Older Adults: Lessons Learned,” JBHI, 2015.
  • F. Ofli, R. Chaudhry, G. Kurillo, R. Vidal, R. Bajcsy, “Sequence of the Most Informative Joints (SMIJ): A New Representation for Human Skeletal Action Recognition,” JVCI, 25(1):24-28, 2013.
  • F. Ofli, E. Erzin, Y. Yemez, A. M. Tekalp, “Learn2Dance: Learning Statistical Music-to-Dance Mappings for Choreography Synthesis,” TMM, 14(3):747–759, 2012.
  • F. Ofli, R. Chaudhry, G. Kurillo, R. Vidal, R. Bajcsy, “Berkeley MHAD: A Comprehensive Multimodal Human Action Database,” WACV, 2013.
  • R. Chaudhry, F. Ofli, G. Kurillo, R. Bajcsy, R. Vidal, “Bio-inspired Dynamic 3D Discriminative Skeletal Features for Human Action Recognition,” CVPRW, 2013.
  • Q. Wang, G. Kurillo, F. Ofli, R. Bajcsy, “Evaluation of Pose Tracking Accuracy in the First and Second Generations of Microsoft Kinect,” ICHI, 2015.
  • S. Obdrzalek, G. Kurillo, F. Ofli, R. Bajcsy, E. Seto, H. Jimison, M. Pavel, “Accuracy and Robustness of Kinect Pose Estimation in the Context of Coaching of Elderly Population,” EMBC, 2012.

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