Cees

Cees G.M. Snoek is a full professor in computer science at the University of Amsterdam, where he heads the Video & Image Sense Lab. He is also a director of three public-private AI research labs: QUVA Lab with Qualcomm, Atlas Lab with TomTom and AIM Lab with the Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence. At University spin-off Kepler Vision Technologies he acts as Chief Scientific Officer. Professor Snoek is also the director of the master program in Artificial Intelligence and co-founder of the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence.

He received the M.Sc. degree in business information systems (2000) and the Ph.D. degree in computer science (2005) both from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He was previously an assistant and associate professor at the University of Amsterdam, as well as Visiting Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, USA, Fulbright Junior Scholar at UC Berkeley, head of R&D at University spin-off Euvision Technologies and managing principal engineer at Qualcomm Research Europe. His research interests focus on making sense of video and images. He has published over 200 refereed book chapters, journal and conference papers, and frequently serves as an area chair of the major conferences in computer vision and multimedia. He is currently an associate editor for Computer Vision and Image Understanding and the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.

Professor Snoek is the lead researcher of the award-winning MediaMill Semantic Video Search Engine, which was the most consistent top performer in the yearly NIST TRECVID evaluations for over a decade. He was general chair of ACM Multimedia 2016 in Amsterdam, program chair for ICMR 2017, and initiator of the VideOlympics 2007-2009. He is a lecturer of post-doctoral courses and tutorials given at international conferences and European summer schools. He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM. Cees is recipient of an NWO Veni award, a Fulbright Junior Scholarship, an NWO Vidi award, and the Netherlands Prize for ICT Research. All for research excellence. Several of his Ph.D. students and Post-docs have won awards, including the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia Prize Paper Award the SIGMM Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, the Best Paper Award of ACM Multimedia, an NWO Veni award and the Best Paper Award of ACM Multimedia Retrieval. Five of his former mentees serve as assistant and associate professors.