Andrew Zisserman University of Oxford

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Andrew Zisserman University of Oxford

Andrew Zisserman University of Oxford

Andrew Zisserman FRS(born 1957) is a British computer scientist and a professor at the University of Oxford, and a researcher in computer vision. As of 2014, he is also affiliated with DeepMind.

Zisserman received the Part III of the Mathematical Tripos, and his PhD in theoretical physics from the Sunderland Polytechnic.

In 1984 he started to work in the field of computer vision at the Edinburgh university. Together with Andrew Blake they wrote the book Visual reconstruction published in 1987, which is considered one of the seminal works in the field of computer vision. According to Fitzgibbon (2008) this publication was “one of the first treatments of the energy minimisation approach to include an algorithm (called “graduated non-convexity”) designed to directly address the problem of local minima, and furthermore to include a theoretical analysis of its convergence.”

In 1987 he moved back to England to the University of Oxford, where he joined Mike Brady’s newly founded robotics research group as a University Research Lecturer, and started to work on multiple-view geometry. According to Fitzgibbon (2008) his “geometry was successful in showing that computer vision could solve problems which humans could not: recovering 3D structure from multiple images required highly trained photogrammetrists and took a considerable amount of time. However, Andrew’s interests turned to a problem where a six-year-old child could easily beat the algorithms of the day: object recognition.