Sarah Adel Bargal

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PhD Candidate
IVC Advised by Prof. Stan Sclaroff
IVC Image and Video Computing Group
IVC Department of Computer Science
IVC Boston University

Research Interests
Computer Vision and Machine Learning

About me
I became fascinated by Computer Vision ever since I attended a seminar by Rana el Kaliouby at the American University in Cairo, where she then co-advised me for my master's thesis.

Quote
"Positivity makes you awesome, makes your team awesome; it is contagious :)" -- Sarah Adel Bargal

Current Research
Action Recognition & Deep Learning
Journal PR
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Current Teaching
Introduction to Computer Graphics
CS 480/680
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Contact Info
sbargal@bu.edu

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News

IVC   Aug, 2017: Invited to attend Rising Stars 2017 at Stanford University!
IVC   Aug, 2017: Our paper got accepted in ICCV'17!
IVC   Jun, 2017: Received a Hariri Graduate Fellowship!
IVC   Jun, 2017: Received a Grace Hopper Conference Student Scholarship!
IVC   Apr, 2017: Received the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award!
IVC   Apr, 2017: Passed my PhD Oral Exam!
IVC   Mar, 2017: Received an IBM Ph.D. Fellowship!
IVC   Mar, 2017: Received the SIGMM student travel award to attend the 50 years celebration of the ACM Turing Award!
IVC   Jan, 2017: Joining IBM's Vision and Learning Group for a summer internship with Rogerio Feris!
IVC   Jan, 2017: Our paper on action recognition got accepted in the Journal of Pattern Recognition.
IVC   Jan, 2017: Excited to be a GWISE Representative for 2017 (Graduate Women in Science and Engineering), Boston University.
IVC   Jan, 2017: Giving a talk at the Computer Science and Engineering Department of the American University in Cairo!
IVC   Oct, 2016: Attending Grace Hopper 2016 Conference in October!
IVC   Jul, 2016: Emotion Recognition Challenge top-three finalists! Ranking TBA at ICMI.
IVC   Apr, 2016: We just released the BU-action Image Datasets.
IVC   Apr, 2016: We received the 2016 Office of Technology Development Award, Boston University.
IVC   Mar, 2016: Joining Microsoft Research for an internship this summer!
IVC   Feb, 2016: Passed the Image and Video Computing PhD Area Exam!
IVC   Feb, 2016: Attended Google's PhD Summit in Cambridge.
IVC   Jan, 2016: Invited to the CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop in San Diego, April 2016.
IVC   Dec, 2015: Gave a talk at Affectiva.
IVC   Sep, 2015: Student representative on the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee, Boston University.
IVC   Aug, 2015: Image and Video Computing Seminar Coordinator. Let us know if you would like to visit us and give a talk!
IVC   Mar, 2015: Gave an oral presentation at VISAPP 2015, Berlin.
IVC   Jul, 2014: We received the 2014 Social Entrepreneurship Award at TDRR, Boston University.
IVC   Apr, 2014: We received the 2014 Hariri Award for Transformative Computational Science Research, Boston University.


Research

Action Recognition & Deep Learning

[Paper, Journal PR]  pdf   Datasets
S. Ma, S. A. Bargal, J. Zhang, L. Sigal, S. Sclaroff. "Do Less and Achieve More: Training CNNs for Action Recognition Utilizing Action Images from the Web." Journal of Pattern Recognition (PR), 2017.

[Poster, Boston University's Graduate Research Symposium]  pdf
S. Ma, S. A. Bargal, J. Zhang, L. Sigal, S. Sclaroff. "Do Less and Achieve More: Training CNNs for Action Recognition Utilizing Action Images from the Web." Boston University's Graduate Research Symposium, April 2016.
Office of Technology Development Award.




Supervised Hashing

[Paper, ICCV]  pdf
F. Cakir*, K. He*, S. A. Bargal, S. Sclaroff. "MIHash: Online Hashing with Mutual Information." International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017.

[Paper, arXiv]  pdf
K. He, F. Cakir, S. A. Bargal, S. Sclaroff. "Hashing as Tie-Aware Learning to Rank" arXiv, 2017.


Online Supervised Hashing

[Paper, CVIU]  pdf
F. Cakir, S. A. Bargal, S. Sclaroff. "Online Supervised Hashing." Computer Vision and Image Understanding Journal (CVIU), 2016.

[Paper, arXiv]  pdf
F. Cakir, S. A. Bargal, S. Sclaroff. "Online Supervised Hashing for Ever-Growing Datasets." arXiv, 2015.

Facial Emotion Recognition from Videos

[Paper, ICMI]  pdf  poster
S. A. Bargal, E. Barsoum, C. Canton Ferrer, C. Zhang. "Emotion Recognition in the Wild from Videos using Images." International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI), 2016.
Top-three finalists for the EmotiW 2016 Competition. Ranking TBA at ICMI.




Biometrics

[Paper, VISAPP]  pdf
S. A. Bargal, A. Welles, C. R. Chan, S. Howes, S. Sclaroff, E. Ragan, C. Johnson, C. Gill. "Image-based Ear Biometric Smartphone App for Patient Identification in Field Settings." International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP) , 2015.

[Poster, Boston University's Fifth Annual Networking Conference]  pdf
S. A. Bargal, A. Welles, C. R. Chan, S. Howes, E. Ragan, C. Johnson, C. Gill. "Project SEARCH: Scanning Ears for Child Health." Fifth annual networking conference by the Office of Technology Development at Boston University: Tech, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll (TDRR), July 2014.
Social Entrepreneurship Award.


Trajectory Analysis

[Poster, Boston University's Provost Scholars Day]  pdf
S. A. Bargal, M. Goodwin, S. Sclaroff. "A study of Spatial Exploration Patterns of Children." Boston University's Provost Scholars Day, March 2014.
Hariri Award for Transformative Computational Science Research.


[Poster, Computational Behavioral Science Annual Meeting]  pdf
S. A. Bargal, M. Goodwin, S. Sclaroff. "Quantitative Description of Child Trajectories." NSF Expeditions in Computing: Computational Behavioral Science Annual Meeting at Georgia Institute of Technology, Nov 2014.



Facial Expression Recognition from Images

[Paper, IPCV]  pdf
S. A. Bargal, R. el Kaliouby, A. Goneid, A. Nayfah. "Classification of Mouth Action Units using Local Binary Patterns." International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision, and Pattern Recognition (IPCV) , 2: 956-961, 2012.

[Master's Thesis, The American University in Cairo]
S. A. Bargal, R. el Kaliouby, A. Goneid. "Classification of Mouth Action Units using Local Binary Patterns." Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP), ISBN 978-3-659- 10663-7, 2012.

Teaching

Boston University, Department of Computer Science

Instructor (1 semester), 2016
CS 480/680 - Introduction to Computer Graphics
Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award

Grader (1 semester), 2017
CS 591 - Deep Learning

Teaching Fellow (2 semesters), 2013 - 2015
CS 480/680 - Introduction to Computer Graphics
CS 105 - Introduction to Databases and Data Mining


Gulf University for Science and Technology, Department of Computer Science, Math Foundation Unit

Instructor (12 semesters), 2009 - 2013
MATH 095 - Beginning Algebra
MATH 099 - Intermediate Algebra
MIS 118 - Computers and Information Systems
CSC 101 - Business Computing
CSC 122 - Computers and Programming (first C++ programming course)
CSC 123 - Introduction to Internet Programming
CSC 125 - Introduction to Computing (second C++ programming course)
CSC 130 - Discrete Structures
CSC 271 - Computer Systems Programming
CSC 275 - Advanced Programming with UNIX

Adjunct Instructor (2 semesters), 2008 - 2009
MIS 118 - Computers and Information Systems

Full-time Teaching Assistant (5 semesters), 2008 - 2009
MIS 118 - Computers and Information Systems
CSC 122 - Computers and Programming (first C++ programming course)
CSC 270 - Computer Systems Architecture and Organization
CSC 275 - Advanced programming with UNIX
CSC 300 - Discrete Mathematics
CSC 361 - Database Management Systems
CSC 430 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
CSC 476 - Operating Systems


The American University in Cairo, Department of Computer Science

Full-time Teaching Assistant (6 semesters), 2005 - 2007
CS 106 - Introduction to Programming Using C++
CS 301 - Assembly Language Programming