Dr. Michael S. Lew

Director, Deep Learning and Multimedia Retrieval Research Group
co-Head, Computer Systems, Imagery and Media Research Cluster
Computer Science Department (LIACS)
Leiden University



My Work

I am the co-head of the LIACS Computer Systems, Imagery and Media Research cluster (30+ members), which is one of the two main research groups at the computer science department at Leiden University. In addition, as a member of the LIACS Scientific Council, I am responsible for steering the general direction of computer science research at Leiden University.

Research - short version

It is currently impossible to find most scientific and societal imagery because meaningful annotations describing the content are missing. My work will allow all imagery to be searched by developing new deep learning algorithms for automatic image annotation and by exploiting synergy between the user and the computer in novel interactive search paradigms.

Research - longer version

My group's mission is to investigate new paradigms for the retrieval and understanding of multimedia information by developing new deep learning approaches. Currently, keyword search (such as Google and Bing) is the dominant method for searching for information in large datasets. This works well for text documents, but the problem is that most of the images and video worldwide do not have annotation - imagine the numerous pictures taken from smartphones. In this case the only option is to analyze the pictorial content of the images and video twoard extracting keywords and then using those keywords for the search queries.

Teaching/Courses

LIACS News Activities (selected) University & Department Positions Research Projects (funded) Editorships Books

Conference Organization

Scientific Conference Program Committees

Representative Publications (over 100 peer-reviewed in ACM, IEEE, and LNCS)
     Browse LIACS publications

Recent Department Activities

   (1) 4 Semester length courses, 24 ECs (Jan - Dec 2010)
   (2) LIACS Media Lab for education/research (hardware/software facilities, knowledge)
       - Guidance, programming expertise and system administration for at least 5 courses & 30 students per year
   (3) LIACS/Mathematics/I-Group Information Screens & Website
   (4) LIACS Research Seminar (rebooted 2011)
   (5) Eureka Paper (at request of Educational Director)
   (6) Open Day Activities - Talks & Demonstrations
   (7) Science Based Business collaboration - video interviews
   (8) Exam Committee
   (9) Curriculum Committee
   (10) Public Relations Committee
       - Social Media Initiative (i.e. YouTube)
       - Google results initiative

Recent Graduate Students

Interesting Projects

Multimedia Retrieval Homepages Multimedia Links Class Schedules

Other Activities: Student Advising and Research Grants (Click Here)

Contact information

Main Contact:

Telephone: 31-71-527-7034

Fax: 31-71-527-6985

Postal Address:

    Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science
    Leiden University
    Niels Bohrweg 1
    2333 CA Leiden
    The Netherlands


Publications (deep learning and multimedia retrieval)

Deep learning publications and demo


Publications (technical reports, preliminary work)

Content-based tag recommendation algorithms for unstructured data

Improving SIFT accuracy with use of perspective transforms

Improving the LSDh-tree for fast approximate nearest neighbor search

Information-Synthesis Network for Facial Landmarks Estimation

Sub-Image Search Engine

Image Similarity Using Color Histograms

Rating Inference


PhD at Leiden University

PhD at Leiden Guidelines

PhD Training and Compulsory Courses

ASCI Research School

CSC and Leiden

PhD Defense Rules and Guidelines - Cache


Links

Google.com - A good WWW search engine for general information and guides

DBLP - Michael S. Lew

Way Back Machine (historical WWW)

Download.com - Demo and Shareware Downloads

LIM

Private page

Dilbert

Perldoc.com - Perl Documentation

Multimedia Conferences 2011

AMSR links

ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval

ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval, Glasgow, 2014 Web Archive

ACM TOMCCAP MIR Survey (vol. 2, issue 1, pp. 1-19, 2006)

Content-based tag recommendation algorithms for unstructured data

Improving SIFT accuracy with use of perspective transforms

Improving the LSDh-tree for fast approximate nearest neighbor search

Information-Synthesis Network for Facial Landmarks Estimation

Sub-Image Search Engine

Image Similarity Using Color Histograms

Rating Inference