Stan Birchfield
Associate Professor (now adjunct)
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Clemson University

After receiving a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1999 and working on intelligent digital audio and video at a startup company in the Bay Area, I joined the faculty at Clemson in 2003, where I was involved in launching TrafficVision. I have been an Associate Editor for Machine Vision and Applications, an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, an Associate Editor for ICRA and IROS, and Program Committee member for CVPR, ICCV, RSS, etc. From 2013 to 2016, I worked at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington. Beginning in 2016, I am a Principal Research Scientist at NVIDIA.

My book, Image Processing and Analysis, is now available. Amazon -- Errata


In order for autonomous agents to interact with the real world, they must be able to sense the three-dimensional space around them. This is the focus of my research, namely to enable computer-based systems to automatically extract information about their surroundings from sensor data.  Along with my students and colleagues, I research various topics in visual motion, spatial acoustics, and mobile robotics. 

List of Publications and (Former) Students

Adaptive fragments-based tracking

Articulated reconstruction

Joint feature tracking

Low-resolution navigation

Robotic laundry
(classification, unfolding, pose estimation)

Door detection

Floor segmentation

Mobile robot path following

Vehicle tracking

Person following

Minirhizotron image analysis

Motion segmentation

Head tracking

Multiway-cut stereo

Pixel-based stereo

Acoustic localization

Microphone calibration

Motion discontinuities

Minimalistic corridors

Financial support from the following organizations is gratefully acknowledged:

U. S. Ignite video presented at White House (June 2012):  video; also available at CCC blog (scroll halfway down page)


An Introduction to Projective Geometry



        Images and Video Sequences -- Biography -- Curriculum vitae -- Links -- Personal philosophy

Contact info

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634
    (before you email me)