Washington University in St. Louis


Robert Pless

In 2000, Professor Pless joined Washington University in St. Louis. He has served as chairman of the 2003 IEEE Workshop on Omnidirectional Vision and Camera Networks, and won the National Science Foundation Early Faculty CAREER Award and the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006.
Professor Pless co-founded the Media and Machines Lab with Professors Cindy Grimm and Bill Smart in 2000. The lab works to improve methods to capture, represent, render, and interact with models of natural 3D objects. Professor Pless has a specific focus on the geometry and statistics of video analysis. His current projects include understanding statistics of images captured simultaneously by thousands of webcams worldwide, and Manifold Learning for medical image analysis.
Selected Publications
Webcam Geo-localization using Aggregate Light Levels
Nathan Jacobs, Kylia Miskell, Robert Pless
On analyzing video with very small motions
Michael Dixon, Austin Abrams, Nathan Jacobs, Robert Pless
Exploratory Analysis of Time-Lapse Imagery with Fast Subset PCA
Austin Abrams, Emily Feder, Robert Pless
Propulsive Forces on the Flagellum during Locomotion of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
P.V. Bayly, B.L. Lewis, E.C. Ranz, R.J. Okamoto, R.B. Pless, S.K. Dutcher
Biophysical Journal, vol. 100 (11), pp. 2716 - 2725, 2011.
Efficient Coverage Maintenance Based on Probabilistic Distributed Detection
Guoliang Xing, Xiangmao Chang, Chenyang Lu, Jianping Wang, Robert Pless, Joseph A O'Sullivan
Selected Research
Re-purposing sensors for large scale environmental measurement: This project centers on logging images from all publicly available webcams - highway cams, ski-resort cams, haze-cams, etc. and then annotating and calibrating this imagery to change the webcam already connected to the internet into a coherent, global scale imaging resource. 
Details of this project: http://amosweb.cse.wustl.edu.
Contact Robert Pless
Address 1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1045
City/St/Zip St. Louis, MO 63130

Jolley Hall, Room 404

Phone (314) 935-7546
Fax (314) 935-7302
Email pless@wustl.edu
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PhD, University of Maryland, 2000
BS, Cornell University, 1994
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