Group Travel Grant for the PhD Forum to be Held in Conjunction with IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (2018)

  • Jacobs, Nathan (PI)

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Project Summary Group Travel Grant for the PhD Forum to be held in conjunction with IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (2018) Overview. The IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), which was first held in 1992, is the IEEE Technical Committee on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence's premier annual conference on the applications of computer vision. It is hosted each year in the United States, but is attended regularly by members of the international computer vision research community. Its focus on applications brings a diverse audience of academic, industrial, and government researchers from all areas of computer vision. Participants attend this meeting to learn, discuss, and present their work. The conference includes technical talks, demos, workshops, and tutorials. The purpose of this proposal is to request funds to support a PhD Forum held in conjunction with WACV 2018 to be held in Lake Tahoe (Stateline, Nevada). The goal of the PhD Forum is to highlight the work of Ph.D. students who are close to finishing their degree, and for senior members of the community to provide them feedback on their work. Support from the NSF would be used to offset travel costs for the junior researchers to attend the conference and pay for a lunch for all participants. Through a group travel grant, this project will ensure the opportunity to participate for students from institutions that are unable to cover the student's travel expenses. Participants and recipients of travel support will be selected by the PI. Travel awards will partially cover any admissible conference-related costs such as registration fees, airfare, lodging, and board, up to $1275. The budget includes support for about 10 travel grants and for a light lunch during the PhD Forum poster session for approximately 35 people. Intellectual Merit. Opportunities to present, discuss, and receive feedback on original research within the broader community are all critical components of graduate student development. A conference venue such as WACV has high potential to foster such meaningful interchanges between researchers. This proposal aims to facilitate discussion between doctoral students who are close to graduation, or have recently gradu- ated, and senior researchers who can provide the students with constructive feedback on their research and their career plans. The opportunity to receive advice from experts from different institutions and with poten- tially different perspectives in many cases is not available internally at one's own institution. The remainder of this proposal outlines our plans to provide an opportunity for Ph.D. students to receive meaningful feed- back and exposure for their work: the PhD Forum. Broader Impact. As the applicant pool permits, we aim to have representation from a diverse group of par- ticipants in terms of gender, ethnic background, academic institution, and geographic location. The awards will be given to students who participate in the PhD Forum on the basis of their thesis work. The most immediate beneficiaries will be the researchers for whom the travel grant makes it possible to attend the meeting. More generally, the PhD Forum will benefit the conference and research community as a whole, as it will draw attention to an important aspect of graduate student development that the community should (and, we believe, does) care about improving. Finally, most broadly, the further success of the WACV con- ference can have positive impact on the scientific community and the general public, given the continued growth of digital image/video content and the importance of basic vision research for many potential appli- cations.
Effective start/end date3/1/182/28/19


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