Erkut Erdem

Associate Professor

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


Office: 112
Address: Beytepe Campus, Ankara, Turkey TR-06800
e-mail: erkut at cs dot hacettepe dot edu dot tr
Phone: +90 312 297 7500 / 122
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
2010-now
Ecole Nationale
Supérieure des Télécommunications
Post-doctoral Researcher
2009-2010
Middle East Technical University
1997-2008
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

News and highlights

So excited to announce that I am co-affiliated with Koç University and İş Bank Artificial Intelligence Center (KUIS AI) as a research fellow.

I'm looking for motivated MSc/PhD students. Scholarships are available, please send me your CV if interested!

 

[December 2022]: I am honored to be recognized as one of the 2022 Outstanding Associate Editors of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.

[November 2022]: We ranked 2nd in the euphemism detection shared task organized by the Figurative Language Processing workshop at EMNLP 2022.

[September 2022]: Our work on language-guided video manipulation accepted to BMVC 2022.

[June 2022]: Our work on language-guided image analysis got the best paper award at 5th Multimodal Learning and Applications Workshop.

[May 2022]: We will be organizing a training school on Representation Mediated Multimodality at Schloss Etelsen, Germany in September 26-30. 2022

[April 2022]: Our work on language-guided image analysis got accepted to 5th Multimodal Learning and Applications Workshop.

[February 2022]: Our survey paper on neural natural language generation has been accepted for publication in Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research.

[February 2022]: Our work on causal reasoning got accepted to Findings of ACL 2022.

[January 2022]: I will be teaching the undergraduate-level course: BBM444 Fundamentals of Computational Photography.

[January 2022]: Our work on query-specific video summarization has been accepted for publication in Multimedia Tools and Application.

[December 2021]: Excited to share that our project on event-based vision under extremely low-light conditions will be funded by TUBITAK-1001 program. With my co-investigators Aykut Erdem and Fatma Guney, we will explore hybrid approaches to bring traditional and event cameras together to solve crucial challenges we face when processing dark videos.

[December 2021]: I received a gift fund from Adobe Research. With Duygu Ceylan of Adobe Research, and Aykut Erdem and Deniz Yuret of KUIS AI LAB, we will develop novel methods for semantic image editing. Thanks Adobe!.

[October 2021]: Our work on low-light image enhancement will be published in IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.

[August 2021]: I was appointed to an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (T-MM).

[July 2021]: Our work on stochastic video prediction got accepted to ICCV 2021.

[July 2021]: Our work on Turkish video captioning has been published in the Machine Translation journal

[June 2021]: Our work on dynamic saliency prediction will be published in IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems.

[April 2021]: Our joint work with HUCGLab on the use of synthetic data to analyze the performance of trackers under adverse weather conditions has been accepted for publication in Signal Processing: Image Communication.

[May 2021]: Our collaborative work with HUCGLab on joint person re-identification and attribute recognition has been accepted for publication in Image and Vision Computing.

[May 2021]: Our joint work with HUCGLab on procedural generation of person videos has been accepted for publication in Computer Graphics Forum.

[April 2021]: Our collaborative work with HUCGLab on procedural generation of person videos has been accepted for publication in Computer Graphics Forum.

[February 2021]: Our joint work with ICON lab at UMRAM, Bilkent University on multi-contrast MRI synthesis has been accepted for publication in Medical Image Analysis.

[February 2021]: I will be teaching the undergraduate-level course: BBM406 Fundamentals of Machine Learning.

[February 2021]: Our work on dense video captioning has been accepted for publication in Pattern Recognition Letters.

[January 2021]: Our work on learning visually-grounded cross-lingual representations got accepted to EACL 2021.

[October 2020]: Our work on visual story graphs has been accepted for publication in Signal Processing: Image Communication.

[May 2020]: Our ACM TOG paper on manipulating transient attributes of natural scenes was featured on Two Minute Papers.

[January 2020]: Our joint work with the Cognition, Learning and Robotics (CoLoRs) lab at Bogazici University on reasoning about action effects on articulated multi-part objects has been accepted to ICRA 2020.

[October 2019]: Our work on manipulating transient attributes of natural scenes via hallucination has been accepted for publication in ACM Transactions on Graphics.

[September 2019]: Our work about reasoning on procedural data is accepted to CoNLL 2019: "Procedural Reasoning Networks for Understanding Multimodal Procedures".

[April 2019]: I will give a tutorial on "Multimodal Learning with Vision and Language" together with Aykut Erdem at IPTA 2019.

[February 2019]: Our joint work with ICON lab at UMRAM, Bilkent University on multi-contrast MRI synthesis with GANs has been accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.

[December 2018]: I will give a talk on Integrated Vision and Language at ITURO 2019.

[December 2018]: I have received The Young Researcher Award given by Turkish Academy of Sciences.

[August 2018]: Our work on multimodal machine comprehension is accepted to EMNLP 2018: "RecipeQA: A Challenge Dataset for Multimodal Comprehension of Cooking Recipes". Read our paper, download the data, and submit your predictions at our project website.

Curriculum Vitae (as of August 2021)

Selected Publications

  • CRAFT: A Benchmark for Causal Reasoning About Forces and inTeractions,
    T. Ates, M. S. Atesoglu, C. Yigit, I. Kesen, M. Kobas, E. Erdem, A. Erdem, T. Goksun, D. Yuret, Findings of ACL 2022
    :: pdf
    :: project page

  • Burst Photography for Learning to Enhance Extremely Dark Images,
    A. S. Karadeniz, E. Erdem, A. Erdem, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Vol. 30, pp. 9372-9385, 2021
    :: pdf
    :: project page

  • A Gated Fusion Network for Dynamic Saliency Prediction,
    A. Kocak, E. Erdem, A. Erdem, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, accepted for publication
    :: pdf
    :: project page

  • mustGAN: multi-stream Generative Adversarial Networks for MR Image Synthesis,
    M. Yurt, S. UH Dar, A. Erdem, Erkut Erdem, K. K. Oguz, T. Cukur, Medical Image Analysis, Vol. 70, May 2021
    :: pdf

  • Cross-lingual Visual Pre-training for Multimodal Machine Translation,
    O. Caglayan, M. Kuyu, M. S. Amac, P. Madhyastha, E. Erdem, A. Erdem, L. Specia, The 16th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2021)
    :: pdf
    :: project page (with data and code)

  • Belief Regulated Dual Propagation Nets for Learning Action Effects on Articulated Multi-Part Objects,
    A. E. Tekden, A. Erdem, E. Erdem, M. Imre, M. Y. Seker, and E. Ugur, International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2020, Paris, France, May-June 2020
    :: pdf
    :: project page
    :: video

  • Manipulating Attributes of Natural Scenes via Hallucination,
    L. Karacan, Z. Akata, A. Erdem and E. Erdem, ACM Transactions on Graphics, accepted for publication, 2019
    :: pdf
    :: project page (with code)

  • Procedural Reasoning Networks for Understanding Multimodal Procedures,
    M.S. Amac, S. Yagcioglu, A. Erdem, and E. Erdem, The SIGNLL Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning (CoNLL), Hong Kong, November 2019
    :: pdf
    :: project page (with code)

  • Image Synthesis in Multi-Contrast MRI with Conditional Generative Adversarial Networks,
    S. U. H. Dar, M. Yurt, L. Karacan, A. Erdem, E. Erdem, T. Cukur, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Vol. 38, No.10, pp. 2375-2388, October 2019
    :: pdf

  • RecipeQA: A Challenge Dataset for Multimodal Comprehension of Cooking Recipes,
    S. Yagcioglu, A. Erdem, E. Erdem, and N. Ikizler-Cinbis, Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) 2018, Brussels, Belgium, October-November 2018
    :: pdf
    :: project page (with data and leaderboard)

  • Spatio-Temporal Saliency Networks for Dynamic Saliency Prediction,
    C. Bak, A. Kocak, E. Erdem and A. Erdem, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, 20(7). pp. 1688-1698, July 2018.
    :: pdf

  • Image Synthesis in Multi-Contrast MRI with Conditional Generative Adversarial Networks,
    S. U. H. Dar, M. Yurt, L. Karacan, A. Erdem, E. Erdem, T. Cukur, arXiv preprint arXiv:1802.01221, February 2018
    :: pdf

  • Alpha Matting with KL-Divergence Based Sparse Sampling,
    L. Karacan, A. Erdem and E. Erdem, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 26(9), pp. 4523-4536, September 2017
    :: pdf

  • Re-evaluating Automatic Metrics for Image Captioning,
    M. Kilickaya, A. Erdem, N. Ikizler-Cinbis and E. Erdem, The 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2017), Valencia, Spain, April 2017
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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)
    :: pdf

  • 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, 55, pp. 409-442, February 2016
    :: pdf

  • 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
    :: pdf

  • 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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  • 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)
    :: pdf

  • 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)
    :: pdf


For a full list of publications, please see the Publications page.

Students

Ph.D. Students

M.Sc. Students

  • Mustafa Dogan

Former Students

Teaching

Current

Graduate

Undergraduate

  • AIN311: Fundamentals of Machine Learning (Fall 2022)

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