bio · Ryan Farrell is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at Brigham Young University (BYU). He previously worked as a research scientist at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), a non-profit research institute affiliated with UC Berkeley, having completed his master's and doctorate degrees at the University of Maryland, College Park.

teaching · Fall 2016: CS601R - Inference and Recognition in Visual Domains
Winter 2017: CS450 - Digital Signals and Image Processing
Winter 2017: CS312 - Algorithm Analysis

research · My research focuses on the emerging field of fine-grained visual categorization (FGVC), where, instead of recognizing objects at a coarse level (e.g. bird or car), we tackle the difficult task of training a computer to find the highly-localized and often subtle characteristics (differences in shape, coloration, etc.) that allow precise identification at the level of fine-grained or "subordinate-level" categories (e.g. genus/species, make/model/year). Overcoming this key challenge bridges the divide between objects in the visual world around us and the vast wealth of digital information about them.

Ryan Farrell
Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
Brigham Young University (BYU)

2216 TMCB
Provo, UT 84602


cv · research · teaching

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Building a Bird Recognition App and Large Scale Dataset With Citizen Scientists: The Fine Print in Fine-Grained Dataset Collection
Grant Van Horn, Steve Branson, Ryan Farrell, Scott Haber, Jessie Barry, Panos Ipeirotis, Pietro Perona, Serge Belongie
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2015

Deformable Part Descriptors for Fine-grained Recognition and Attribute Prediction
Ning Zhang, Ryan Farrell, Forrest Iandola, Trevor Darrell
International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2013

Pose Pooling Kernels for Sub-category Recognition
Ning Zhang, Ryan Farrell, Trevor Darrell
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2012

Birdlets: Subordinate Categorization Using Volumetric Primitives and Pose-Normalized Appearance
Ryan Farrell, Om Oza, Ning Zhang, Vlad I. Morariu, Trevor Darrell, Larry S. Davis
International Conference on Computer Vison (ICCV), 2011 (ORAL, 4% acceptance)

Area Chair for CVPR 2016.
Co-Chair for the First (CVPR 2011), Second (CVPR 2013) and Third (CVPR 2015) Workshops on Fine-Grained Visual Categorization (FGVC).
Program Committee Member for CVPR 2010/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015, ECCV 2010/2012/2014/2016 and ICCV 2011/2013/2015.
Website Chair/Co-Chair for CVPR 2010, CVPR 2012, CVPR 2013, ICCV 2013, CVPR 2014 and ICCV 2015.
Reviewer for PAMI and IJCV.

personal · The most important things in my life are my family and my faith.  I consider myself fortunate to be married to my best friend and sweetheart and to be a devoted father to three wonderful children.  I spend most of my free time with them and with friends.  When occasion permits (and it rarely does these days), I pursue my favorite hobby, birding.