With a sponsored research agreement, Facebook will involve teachers, students, and graduates of the UCU Applied Sciences Faculty in implementing joint research projects.
The partnership agreement is the logical result of gradually deepening cooperation between Facebook Reality Labs and UCU’s academic machine learning laboratory, which now has two years of experience implementing joint projects.
And so Yaroslava Lochman, a graduate of UCU’s Master’s Program in Data Sciences, began her scholarly research in the field of computer vision with a focus on calibrating cameras. This is part of a research grant she received from the machine learning laboratory in the early days of her studies. As a result of her work, she was eventually given the opportunity to do a 6-month internship at Facebook Reality Labs in the city of Pittsburgh, USA.
During her internship, Lochman prepared an article which proposes a new method for automatically calibrating cameras. The co-authors of this research are James Pritts of FRL and two teachers of the faculty, Rostyslav Hryniv and Oles Dobosevych. Lochman will give an oral presentation about her work at a prestigious conference on computer vision, WACV 2021. The partnership agreement between UCU and Facebook will allow Lochman to continue her research in the area of computer vision.
In addition, Facebook continues its cooperation with Kostya Liepieshov, a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the UCU Applied Sciences Faculty and now in the Master’s Program in Data Sciences, who also works in the area of computer vision. Facebook Reality Labs is financing Liepieshov’s research under the scholarly direction of James Pritts of Facebook Reality Labs. Liepieshov is developing methods for simultaneous correction of geometric symbols on images and the autocalibration of cameras.
“It all began approximately two years ago, when we at the faculty started stipends for research assistants from the Master’s Program in Data Sciences. Our student Yaroslava Lochman was chosen for a stipend and started academic research in the area of computer vision with a focus on calibrating cameras under the direction of James Pritts of Facebook. The success of the research, the involvement of our teachers, and weighty publications interested Facebook Reality Lab, which led to the signing of this agreement. I consider this a very important step before us, because this will give us the opportunity for our young scholars, who have been recognized at such a level, to continue their research.” So Yaroslav Prytula, Dean of the UCU Applied Sciences Faculty, explained.
The sponsored research agreement with UCU should help deepen further research in the automatic calibration of cameras and use of results in tasks involving stereo vision, visual localization, and 3D reconstruction.
Further information about the work and tasks of the UCU machine learning laboratory is available in the Ukrainian language HERE