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Research fields

Computer Vision
Signal Processing
Machine learning
Computational Neuroscience

Research Interests

Sparse approximation
Inverse problems
Real-time vision
Bio-inspired vision
Large-scale vision
Big Visual data


"More ignorant than the ignorant is one who says "I know" -
a true human being always seeks to learn from others
", Ostad Elahi

Brief Bio

  • Post-doc at Stanford Vision Lab & CVGL
  • Ph.D. in Computer Vision from EPFL (2011, nominated for the EPFL Ph.D. prize)
  • 20 publications
  • 3 patents
  • Co-Founded the startup VisioSafe, and serve as advisory in other startups.
  • Working experience in MERL, Logitech
  • BS+MS from EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) and
  • Awarded to study at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) for my Junior year (3rd of BS)

(more details on my CV)

Latest news

  • [Mar 16] 2 papers accepted to CVPR16!
    • A. Alahi et. al., Neighborhood LSTM: Human Trajectory Prediction in Crowded Spaces, CVPR16
    • A. Haque, A. Alahi, and L. Fei-Fei, Attention in the Dark: A Recurrent Attention Model for Person Identification, CVPR16


Latest media coverage

  • [May 15] Our Visually Intelligent Robot (JackRabbot) on PBS
  • [Sep 12] VisioSafe on the news
  • [Aug 12] VisioSafe on Swiss TV
  • [Aug 11] EPFL made a video of my work (in french) (Video)
  • [Feb 11] Our People Detection/Tracking Techno on Euronews TV Channel (Video)
  • [Feb 11] Our People Detection/Tracking System on National TV news (Video)
  • [Feb 11] Wall Street Journal refers to our techno: "Counting the Crowds in Cairo"
  • [Jan 11] Object tracking algorithm on engadget
  • [Jan 11] On radio: rsr (listen here)
  • [Dec 10] In press: 20 minutes, le temps, and many other blogs
  • [Dec 10] On EPFL homepage
  • [Nov 10] Kinect Hacked to detect people occluding each other in night (Video)

(more details here)

Selected publications

Here is a link on my book chapter in Wiley titled "Biologically-inspired Keypoint" :

(more papers on my Publications page)

My thesis


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Schools Studied


Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Labs Worked

Vision lab at Stanford

CVGL at Stanford



Companies Worked