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Dr. John R. Smith is IBM Fellow and manager of AI Tech for IBM Research AI at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.  He currently leads research and development on vision, speech, language, knowledge, and interaction in Yorktown Heights, NY USA. Previously he led IBM’s R&D on Computer Vision and Multimedia. Recent work includes:

Earlier, Dr. Smith was Distinguished Research Staff Member and Senior Manager of Intelligent Information Systems.  He led the development of IBM Multimedia Analysis and Retrieval System (IMARS) and was Principal Investigator for multiple R&D projects on vision and multimedia including:

  • IARPA ALADDIN ("Video Event Modeling and Retrieval based on Discriminative Semantic Features")
  • DTO/IARPA VACE-III ("Analyst Centric Workbench for Large Scale Cross Domain Video Intelligence")
  • DTO LSCOM ("Large Scale Concept Ontology for Multimedia")
  • ARDA VACE-II ("Reconstructing and Mining of Semantic Threads Across Multiple Video Broadcast News Sources using Multi-level Concept Modeling")

Dr. Smith was a founding participant and served on the Advisory Committee for the NIST TRECVID Video Retrieval Evaluation.  He led IBM's participation in TRECVID evaluations for more than a decade.

Dr. Smith was co-General Chair of ACM Intl. Conf. on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR-2016) in New York City. 

Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Multimedia from 2010 – 2014, Associate Editor-in-Chief from 2006 – 2010 and Standards Editor from 2003 – 2006.

Earlier Dr. Smith led IBM's participation in MPEG-7 / MPEG-21 standards and  was Chair of the MPEG Multimedia Description Schemes Sub-Group and co-project Editor of MPEG-7 Standard.

Historically, with Prof. Shih-Fu Chang at Columbia University, Dr. Smith developed some of the earliest approaches for content-based image and video retrieval, including:

  • VisualSEEk - content-based image retrieval system
  • WebSEEk - one of the first image and video search engines for the Web in 1995!

Ph.D. Dissertation:

Dr. Smith is a Fellow of IEEE.

Recent activities:

2018:

2017:

2016:

Prior:

          - 4th Multimedia and Vision Meeting in Greater New York Area, October 2014

          - 3rd Multimedia and Vision Meeting in Greater New York Area, June 2013

          - 2nd Multimedia and Vision Meeting in Greater New York Area, June 2012

          - 1st Multimedia and Vision Meeting in Greater New York Area, February 2012

Editor-in-Chief articles for IEEE MultiMedia (2010 - 2014):

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