Erkut Erdem

Assistant Professor

Computer Vision Laboratory (HUCVL)
Dept. of Computer Engineering
Hacettepe University

Office: 114
Address: Beytepe Campus, Ankara, Turkey TR-06800
e-mail: erkut at cs dot hacettepe dot edu dot tr
Phone: +90 312 297 7500/149
Fax: +90 (312) 297 7502

My research centers on the areas of computer vision and machine learning. I believe the right algorithms and representations are the ones that take into account the contextual influences. Thus, the research objective that my students and I pursue is to incorporate different kinds of context (spatial, temporal and/or cross-modal) into all levels of visual processing from low to intermediate and high-level vision.

Current research interests: Visual Saliency Prediction, Automatic Image Description, Video/Photoset Summarization, Image Filtering, Image Editing

Hacettepe University
Faculty Member
Ecole Nationale
Supérieure des Télécommunications
Post-doctoral Researcher
Middle East Technical University
Ph.D., 2008
M.Sc., 2003
B.Sc., 2001

University of California
Los Angeles
Visiting Researcher
Oct. 2007 - Dec. 2007
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech
Visiting Researcher
Jul. 2004 - Aug. 2004


[December 2016]: Our work on analysis of automatic evaluation metrics for image captioning is accepted to EACL 2017 as a long paper: "Re-evaluating Automatic Metrics for Image Captioning".

[December 2016]: Our paper on using GANs to generate outdoor scenes from attributes and semantic layouts is out on arXiv.

[November 2016]: Our work on learning dynamic saliency will be published in Signal Processing: Image Communication: "A Comparative Study for Feature Integration Strategies in Dynamic Saliency Estimation".

[November 2016]: Our proposal to hold the 6th Workshop on Vision and Language (VL'17) at EACL 2017 is accepted. The call for papers is out.

[July 2016]: Our paper on deep models for dynamic saliency estimation is out on arXiv.

[May 2016]: Slides from our "Deep Learning in Computer Vision" tutorial at SIU 2016 are now available online.

[May 2016]: Our paper on Turkish image captioning won the Alper Atalay Best Student Paper Award (First Prize) at SIU 2016.

[May 2016]: Our paper on photo collection summarization won the IEEE Best Student Paper Award (Second Prize) at SIU 2016.

Curriculum Vitae (as of June 2015)

Selected Publications

  • Learning to Generate Images of Outdoor Scenes from Attributes and Semantic Layouts,
    L. Karacan, Z. Akata, A. Erdem and E. Erdem, arXiv preprint arXiv:1612.00215, December 2016
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  • Two-Stream Convolutional Networks for Dynamic Saliency Prediction,
    C. Bak, A. Erdem and E. Erdem, arXiv preprint arXiv:1607.04730, July 2016
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  • An Objective Deghosting Quality Metric for HDR Images,
    O. T. Tursun, A. O. Akyuz, A. Erdem and E. Erdem, Computer Graphics Forum (Eurographics 2016), 35(2), pp. 139-152, May 2016
    :: project page (with code)
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  • Deformable Part-based Tracking by Coupled Global and Local Correlation Filters,
    Osman Akin, Erkut Erdem, Aykut Erdem, Krystian Mikolajczyk, Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation, 38, pp. 763-773, July 2016
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  • Automatic Description Generation from Images: A Survey of Models, Datasets, and Evaluation Measures,
    R. Bernardi, R. Cakici, D. Elliott, A. Erdem, E. Erdem, N. Ikizler-Cinbis, F. Keller, A. Muscat, B. Plank, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, Vol. 55, pp. 409-442, February 2016
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  • Image Matting with KL-Divergence Based Sparse Sampling,
    L. Karacan, A. Erdem and E. Erdem, IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV 2015),, Santiago, Chile, December 2015
    :: project page
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  • Predicting Memorability of Images Using Attention-driven Spatial Pooling and Image Semantics,
    B. Celikkale, A. Erdem and E. Erdem, Image and Vision Computing, 42, pp. 35-46, October 2015 (Editor's choice article)
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  • A Distributed Representation Based Query Expansion Approach for Image Captioning,
    S. Yagcioglu, E. Erdem, A. Erdem and R. Cakici, The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2015), Beijing, China, July 2015
    :: project page (with code)
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  • The State of the Art in HDR Deghosting: A Survey and Evaluation,
    O. T. Tursun, A. O. Akyuz, A. Erdem and E. Erdem, Computer Graphics Forum (Eurographics State-of-the-art Report (STAR) 2015), 34(2), pp. 683-707, May 2015
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  • Top down saliency estimation via superpixel-based discriminative dictionaries,
    A. Kocak, K. Cizmeciler, A. Erdem and E. Erdem, British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC) 2014, Nottingham, UK, September 2014
    :: project page (with code)
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  • Structure Preserving Image Smoothing via Region Covariances,
    L. Karacan, E. Erdem and A. Erdem, ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia 2013), Vol. 32, No. 6, November 2013
    :: project page (with code)
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  • Visual saliency estimation by nonlinearly integrating features using region covariances,
    E. Erdem and A. Erdem, Journal of Vision, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 1-20, March 2013
    :: project page (with code)
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  • Fragments Based Tracking with Adaptive Cue Integration,
    E. Erdem, S. Dubuisson and I. Bloch, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Vol. 116, No. 7, pp. 827-841, July 2012
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For a full list of publications, please see the Publications page.


Ph.D. Students

M.Sc. Students

  • Hasan Tugrul Erdogan (graduated as of August 2015)
  • Muhammet Ali Asan
  • Goksu Erdogan
  • Mehmet Gunel








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