Professional AssociationsProfessional Associations: ACM | ACM SIGMM | Fellow, IEEE | IEEE Circuits and System Society | IEEE Computer Society | IEEE Signal Processing Society
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Previously, he led Computer Vision and Multimedia research at IBM.
In October, 2020, John was awarded the ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award for his outstanding, pioneering and continued research contributions in the areas of multimedia content analysis and retrieval. Dr. Smith is a Fellow of IEEE.
Dr. John R. Smith received his B.S., M.S., M. Phil, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. He has authored several hundreds of articles at top conferences and journal (>30,000 citations, h-index = 77, i-10 index = 387) and is an inventor of over 100 United States patents.
- Dr. Smith gave the invited Technical Achievement Award keynote talk on "The “Multi” in Multimedia" at ACM Multimedia in October 2020.
- Dr. Smith gave a keynote talk on “Efficient Video Understanding for Sports”, 6th International Workshop on Computer Vision in Sports (CVsports) workshop at CVPR, June 2020.
- Dr. Smith gave a keynote talk “Learning from Less Data”, Visual Learning from Limited Data workshop at CVPR, June 2020.
- Dr. Smith gave a keynote talk on "Challenges and Progress on Advancing, Trusting, and Scaling AI" at ACM Sensys, Nov. 2019.
- Dr. Smith gave a keynote talk on "Learn more from Less: Latest from IBM Research in Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning" at IBM Digital Developer Conference: AI & Cloud, Oct. 2019.
- Dr. Smith gave an invited talk on "Multimodal Perceptual Understanding” CVPR Workshop on Precognition: Seeing through the Future, June 2019.
- Dr. Smith gave a keynote talk on "Learning More from Less”, CVPR Workshop on Vision with Biased or Scarce Data (VBSD), 2019.
- Dr. Smith gave an industry talk at the VISion Understanding and Machine intelligence (VISUM 2018) summer school on July 10, 2018.
- Dr. Smith gave a keynote talk on AI in the Enterprise and moderated a panel at the USC Computing Forum on AI in Life on May 17, 2018.
- Dr. Smith gave a presentation at The Frick Collection symposium on "Searching Through Seeing: Optimizing Computer Vision Technology for the Arts" in New York City on April 9, 2018.
- Dr. Smith gave a presentation on "Creativity: the next horizon for AI" at Pausefest in Melbourne, Australia on Feb. 7, 2018.
- Dr. Smith gave a lecture on "Industry Opportunities and Challenges for Visual Comprehension" as part of the 2017-2018 Columbia University Computer Science Distinguished Lecture series on Oct. 23, 2017.
- Dr. Smith gave a keynote talk on "AI Challenges and Opportunities for Image and Video Understanding" at IBM Research | Brasil Colloquium 2017 on “Inteligência Artificial” on Oct. 10, 2017.
- Dr. Smith gave a talk on "Augmented Creativity" at the IJCAI-17 AI Festival event on Creative Machines at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) on Aug. 25, 2017.
- Dr. Smith gave an invited talk at the IJCAI-17 Industry Day in Melbourne, Australia on Aug. 25, 2017.
- Dr. Smith gave an invited presentation at the Tech Open Air (TOA) Conference on July 13, 2017.
- Dr. Smith participated on a panel moderated by Steve Lohr on "The Future of Augmented Intelligence" at the World Science Festival in New York City on June 3, 2017.
- Dr. Smith presented "Opportunities to Improve Our Lives leveraging Visual Recognition at Scale" at the LDV Vision Summit in New York City on May 25, 2017.
- Dr. Smith presented an invited talk on "Can AI be Creative?" at the Institute of Communications Agencies in Canada (ICA) FutureFlash conference on May 17, 2017.
- Dr. Smith gave a Tribeca Lounge Talk on "The Quest for AI and Creativity" at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017.
- Dr. Smith presented a plenary talk on "New Challenges and Opportunities for Image Analysis in Healthcare" at IEEE Intl. Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI) 2017 in April 2017.
- Dr. Smith presented an invited talk on "Can artificial intelligence be creative?" at CPH:CONFERENCE – Art, Technology & Change at the CPH:DOX documentary film festival in March 2017.
- Dr. Smith participated on a panel on "Convergence of VR and AI" at the MIT Tech Conference in February 2017.
- Dr. Smith was an invited guest speaker at the "Nestlé Skin Tech Design Clinic" in December 2016.
- Dr. Smith presented a keynote talk on "AI + Creativity for Filmaking" at La Digital Tech in December 2016.
- Dr. Smith presented Watson’s Visual Recognition at the Watson Developer Conference (DevCon) plenary session in November 2016.
- Dr. Smith served on an invited panel on Multimedia Research and Products at IEEE Intl. Conf. on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) in July 2016.
- Dr. Smith was General Chair, ACM Intl. Conf. on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR-2016) in New York City in June 2016.
- Dr. Smith gave an invited plenary talk at IEEE Intl. Symposium on Multimedia in December 2015.
- Dr. Smith is a co-founder and steering committee member of the Greater New York (GNY) Multimedia and Vision Meeting:
- 1st Multimedia and Vision Meeting in Greater New York Area, February 2012
- Dr. Smith co-presented a tutorial with Liangliang Cao, Shih-Fu Chang and Rogerio Feris on Learning visual semantics: models, massive computation, and innovative applications at IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR-2014).
- Dr. Smith co-presented a tutorial with Liangliang Cao on Massive-Scale Multimedia Semantic Modeling at ACM Multimedia 2013.
- Dr. Smith gave the keynote talk at ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval Intl. Conf (SIGIR-2013).
- Dr. Smith was co-Technical Program Chair for ACM Intl. Conf. on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR-2013).
- Dr. Smith was co-General Chair for ACM Multimedia 2012.
Editor-in-Chief articles for IEEE MultiMedia (2010 - 2014):
- "How Many Visual Concepts?", January-March 2014 (vol. 21 no. 1).
- "Herding Cats", October-December 2013 (vol. 20 no. 4).
- "Lessons in Learning", July-September 2013 (vol. 20 no. 3).
- "Reconstructing Events", April-June 2013 (vol. 20 no. 2).
- "Just the Facets", January-March 2013 (vol. 20 no. 1).
- "Problems Gone By", October-December 2012 (vol. 19 no. 4).
- "Rich Media, Poor Media", July-Sept 2012(vol. 19 no. 3).
- "A Virtual Opinion", April-June 2012 (vol. 19 no. 2).
- "Minding the Gap", January-March 2012 (vol. 19 no. 1).
- "Open Channel for News", Oct.-Dec. 2011 (vol. 18 no. 4).
- "History Made Everyday", July-Sept. 2011 (vol. 18 no. 3).
- "A Great Challenge", April-June 2011 (vol. 18 no. 2).
- "Express Yourself", January-March 2011 (vol. 18 no. 1).
- "Clicking on Things", October-Dec. 2010 (vol. 17 no. 4).
- "The Not So Newlywed Game", July-Sept. 2010 (vol. 17 no. 3).
- "The Red Balloon", April 2010 (vol. 17 no. 2).