Makarand Tapaswi

Wadhwani AI, IIIT Hyderabad

Hi! I am a Machine Learning Scientist at Wadhwani AI and an Assistant Professor at the Computer Vision group at IIIT Hyderabad, India.

At Wadhwani AI, we are developing AI solutions that create social impact. In particular, I am working on estimating the weight of newborns from a simple video, with the goal to empower primary healthcare workers and facilities to improve lives of at risk low-birth-weight babies.

At IIIT, I plan to continue working on challenging projects related to analyzing stories and human behavior, especially at the intersection of video and language understanding.

news [archives]

Nov 2021 Gave the keynote talk at a really interesting workshop on media understanding focusing on context and environment. Hosted by Google and USC’s Center for Computational Media Intelligence (CCMI).
Oct 2021 Happy to give a talk at Adobe Research Bengaluru a few days ago! Some exciting work on document processing there.
Sep 2021 One paper on long-tail image classification accepted to ICVGIP 2021. Rather than re-sampling from the “tail class”, we adapt a recent few-shot learning work to analyze the impact of feature generation.
Jul 2021 One paper accepted to ICCV 2021! We propose in-domain, self-supervised pretraining using Airbnb listings to improve Vision-and-Language Navigation models. ArXiv Github
Jul 2021 Launched new website based on the al-folio theme. Time to say goodbye to my old self-made Jinja+Python website and embrace Liquid+Jekyll!
Jul 2021 Excited to join IIIT Hyderabad as an Assistant Professor!
Jun 2021 Analyzing longer videos helps improve spatio-temporal action detection. Read more about it in our CVIU article in the Special Issue on Recent Advances in Modeling, Methodology and Applications of Action Recognition and Detection.
May 2021 Outstanding reviewer award for CVPR 2021.
May 2021 Visual Weighing Machine wins the Best World Changing Idea - APAC at Fast Company’s competition.
Dec 2020 Outstanding reviewer award for ACCV 2020.