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.
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
Efficient Coverage Maintenance Based on Probabilistic Distributed Detection
Guoliang Xing, Xiangmao Chang, Chenyang Lu, Jianping Wang, Robert Pless, Joseph A O'Sullivan
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.