Team, Visitors, External Collaborators
Overall Objectives
Research Program
Application Domains
Highlights of the Year
New Software and Platforms
New Results
Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry
Partnerships and Cooperations
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Section: Research Program

Learning embodied representations

Computer vision has come a long way toward understanding images and videos in terms of scene geometry, object labels, locations and poses of people or classes of human actions. This “understanding”, however, remains largely disconnected from reasoning about the physical world. For example, what will happen if removing a tablecloth from a setted table? What actions will be needed to resume an interrupted meal? We believe that a true embodied understanding of dynamic scenes from visual observations is the next major research challenge. We plan to address this challenge by developing new models and algorithms with an emphasis on the synergy between vision, learning, robotics and natural language understanding. If successful, this research direction will bring significant advances in high-impact applications such as autonomous driving, home robotics and personal visual assistance.

Learning embodied representations is planned to be a major research axis for the successor of the Willow team. Meanwhile we have already started work in this direction and report our first results in Section 7.5.