© 2019 by Ali Thabet

ABOUT ME

I am a Research Scientist at the Visual Computing Center (VCC) in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), working with Professor Bernard Ghanem in the Image and Video Understanding Laboratory (IVUL).

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Education and Early Career

 

I got my bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, from the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon in 2006, and then a â€‹Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Dundee in Dundee, UK. After my PhD, I joined KAUST as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Computing Center (VCC) from 2012 to 2014. Later I worked as an Integrative Activities Specialist at the Office of Sponsored Research in KAUST for 2 years. At that point I took the leap and co-founded an e-commerce startup, Fig, where I served as CTO. Following this great entrepreneurial experience, I returned to KAUST as a Research scientist in 2018, where I am currently based.

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Research Interest

 

I am interested in problems related to 3D computer vision. In general, I try to develop algorithms to better understand the 3D world around us with the help of sensors like RGB-D cameras, LiDAR, and others. I work mostly with point clouds, and I am looking for ways to efficiently apply deep learning to this data modality. Recently, I have been involved with graphs and Graph Convolutional Networks (GCNs), where our team is developing efficient ways to train very deep GCN models. I am also interested in applying deep learning to image reconstruction, 3D object detection and generation, and autonomous vehicles.