ITU - Contact:
Department of Computer Engineering
Office: 2218 / Phone: +90 212 285 7460
34469 Maslak, Istanbul / Turkey
EPFL - Contact:
Signal Processing Laboratory (LTS5)
Office: ELD 231 / Phone: +41 21 69 34663
CH-1015 Lausanne / Switzerland
Dr. Hazım Kemal Ekenel is an Associate Professor at ITU Dept. of Computer Engineering, where he directs the Smart Interaction and Machine Intelligence Technologies (SiMiT) Lab. He is also with the Signal Processing Lab (LTS5) of EPFL as a host professor.
His aim is to leverage computer vision, machine learning, and deep learning techniques in order to build interactive and intelligent systems that ease people's lives and enhance their social interactions. He also focuses on assistive technologies for people with disabilities and healthcare applications.
He has over fifteen years of experience in computer vision and machine learning with a focus on face analysis and human perception. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed publications in prestigious international journals, conferences, and workshops in the related fields, which have received over 2400 citations. His h-index is 25.
His research has been funded through several funding bodies -the European Commission under the 6th and 7th framework programmes, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), German Research Foundation (DFG), German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), French National Research Agency (ANR), French Agency for Innovation (OSEO), British Council- as well as by the industry -Avea, Turk Telekom, LC Waikiki, and Tüpraş.
Dr. Ekenel strongly believes in international cooperation. Besides his extensive research collaborations in Europe, he also has connections in the USA and Asia. He had a short stay in Pittsburgh, where he conducted joint research with his colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and published together. He also co-supervised a MS thesis with his colleagues from CMU and General Motors. In addition, he had stays in Hong Kong and Tokyo to establish research connections with the interACT partners Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Waseda University in the domain of face processing, which has led to several joint publications.
His research achievements have been recognized by several national and international foundations. He has received Parlar Foundation Research Award and Outstanding Young Scientist (BAGEP) Award from the Science Academy, Turkey in 2018. He is a recipient of the Young Scientist of the Year Award 2016. He was awarded with a young investigator grant within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of German Research Foundation (DFG) in 2010, with which he has founded the Facial Image Processing and Analysis Group in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. In 2008, he has received the EBF European Biometric Research Award for his contributions to the field of face recognition during his doctoral studies and, with his team, the Best Demo Award at the IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition.
Since January 2011, he has been coordinating the Benchmarking Facial Image Analysis Technologies (BeFIT) initiative. He is the primary organizer of the BeFIT workshops 2011 and 2012. He is the co- organizer of the International Workshop on Affective Computing for Mobile HCI that was held in 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. He has been on the program committee for a number of international conferences and workshops including CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, ACCV, FG, ICME, BTAS, and AVSS.
NEW! Jan. 2019 - I received the Parlar Foundation Research Award 2018.
NEW! Jan. 2019 - We are organizing FA4ADAS: Face Analysis for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems @ FG 2019.
NEW! Jan. 2019 - We are organizing Unconstrained Ear Recognition Challenge (UERC) 2019 @ ICB 2019.
NEW! Nov. 2018 - Our paper, titled, Image-Level Attentional Context Modeling Using Nested-Graph Neural Networks, is accepted @ NIPS Workshop on Relational Representation Learning 2018.
NEW! Oct. 2018 - Our paper, titled, From 2D to 3D Real-Time Expression Transfer for Facial Animation, is accepted @ Multimedia Tools and Applications.
Sept. 2018- Our paper, titled, Face Frontalization for Cross-Pose Facial Expression Recognition, is presented @ EUSIPCO 2018.
May 2018- I received the Young Scientist (BAGEP) 2018 Award from the Science Academy, Turkey.
July 2018- Our paper, titled, Cross-Dataset Person Re-Identification Using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks: Effects of Context and Domain Adaptation, is accepted @ Multimedia Tools and Applications.
June 2018- Our paper, titled, Cycle-Dehaze: Enhanced CycleGAN for Single Image Dehazing, is presented @ CVPR NTIRE 2018 Workshop.
June 2018- Our paper, titled, Age and Gender Classification from Ear Images, is presented @ IAPR/IEEE International Workshop on Biometrics and Forensics 2018.
Dec. 2017- Our paper, titled, Exploiting Convolution Filter Patterns for Transfer Learning, received the Honourable Mention award @ ICCV Workshop on Transferring and Adapting Source Knowledge in Computer Vision (TASK-CV).
May 2017- I received the Young Scientist Award 2016 from Bilim Kahramanları Derneği.