Stan Birchfield
Associate Professor
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Clemson University

After receiving a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1999, I worked on intelligent digital audio and video at a startup company in Palo Alto, California for several years.  I joined the faculty at Clemson in 2003 and have recently been involved in launching TrafficVision. I am 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 regularly serve on the Program Committee for CVPR, ICCV, RSS, etc. Beginning in 2013, I am on a leave of absence with Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.


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. 

Complete list of Publications and 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



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Contact info

209 Riggs Hall
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634
864-656-5912 (office)
864-656-5910 (fax)
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