Vincent Casser

About Me

I am a research scientist at Waymo working on making transportation safer and easier.

I have a high interest in visual computing and its interdisciplinary applications. Before joining Waymo, I did research in domains such as computational perception, autonomous navigation and biomedical imaging. More specifically, some of my previous projects were related to the study of human memory (at MIT), applications in healthcare (with Massachusetts General Hospital), astronomy (with Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and microscopy (with Harvard Lichtman Lab). I’ve been an avid programmer for many years now, with extensive experience in a variety of technologies and languages. Several years ago, I also taught several programming courses in college as a teaching fellow. Before doing computer science research, I developed various software applications for non-scientific purposes.

I hold a Master’s degree in Computational Science and Engineering from Harvard University. I spent one year as a Research Affiliate in Aude Oliva’s lab at MIT CSAIL, where I computationally modeled human visual memory as part of the Memento project. During my time at Harvard, I also interned in the Google Brain Robotics team under Anelia Angelova. Previously, I earned a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Bonn, Germany in 2016, where I minored in physics and astronomy, and worked as a research intern at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). I use this webspace for hosting personal projects, and plan to publish some of them publicly here.


10/14/2020 New paper at CoRL’20: “Unsupervised Monocular Depth Learning in Dynamic Scenes”
07/02/2020 New paper at ECCV’20: “Multimodal Memorability: Modeling Effects of Semantics and Decay on Video Memorability”
07/01/2020 New paper at UIST’20: Predicting Visual Importance Across Graphic Design Types
05/18/2020 New preprint released: “Taskology: Utilizing Task Relations at Scale”
04/10/2020 New paper at Medical Imaging with Deep Learning (MIDL’20): “Fast Mitochondria Segmentation For Connectomics”
02/10/2020 I am co-organizing the 4DVISION workshop at ECCV’20
01/22/2020 I co-organized the ComputeFest Transfer Learning workshop at Harvard
10/02/2019 New paper at SVRHM, NeurIPS’19: “To Decay or not to Decay: Modeling Video Memorability Over Time”
08/19/2019 I’m joining Waymo as a research scientist
05/30/2019 Graduated from Harvard University with a Master’s degree in Computational Science and Engineering
04/30/2019 New paper at Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS’19): “OIL: Observational Imitation Learning”
04/16/2019 New paper at VOCVALC, CVPR’19: “Unsupervised Monocular Depth and Ego-motion Learning with Structure and Semantics”
04/06/2019 New paper at UAVISION, CVPR’19: “Learning a Controller Fusion Network by Online Trajectory Filtering”
01/23/2019 Gave a workshop on “Convolutional Autoencoders for Image Manipulation” at ComputeFest 2019
11/28/2018 New project released: OIL: Observational Imitation Learning
11/27/2018 New blog post on our struct2depth work on Google’s AI blog
11/19/2018 The code for our struct2depth paper is now part of the TensorFlow models repository
11/01/2018 New paper at AAAI’19: “Depth Prediction Without The Sensors: Leveraging Structure For Unsupervised Learning From Monocular Videos”
10/06/2018 Joined the MIT Computational Perception & Cognition Lab, led by Aude Olivia
09/08/2018 We won the best paper award at UAVISION 2018
08/03/2018 We are presenting our work on autonomous drone racing on Sept 8 at UAVISION, ECCV’18
05/29/2018 Started internship in the Google Brain Robotics group
05/22/2018 Our new datasets for connectomics research are now publicly available: Kasthuri++ and Lucchi++
05/21/2018 Release of new tutorial for Bayesian GAN
02/08/2018 Started new project on Connectomics with the Visual Computing Group (VCG)
01/22/2018 Started new collaboration with the Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS)
11/23/2017 New paper in IJCV: “Sim4CV: A Photo-Realistic Simulator for Computer Vision Applications” (full text)
10/21/2017 Official release of Sim4CV, our simulation environment for Computer Vision
09/01/2017 Started Master’s program in Computational Science and Engineering
08/19/2017 New preprint released: “Autonomous UAV Racing Using Deep Learning
05/24/2017 Recipient of German Academic Scholarship Foundation US-Scholarship (Studienstiftung)
03/28/2017 Recipient of DAAD Graduate Scholarship