Avideh Zakhor's Home Page


Qualcomm Chair in EECS
Office: 507 Cory Hall
Phone: (510) 643-6777
Email: avz at  berkeley dot edu






Complete Publication List

Research Interests: 3D computer vision, autonomous systems and robotics, deep learning, signal/image processing,

Current Research Projects:

·       Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

o   Autonomy and Obstacle Avoidance

o   Perception, path planning and control.

o   Application to 3D immersive content creation.

o   Application to physical inspection of buildings


·       Deep learning:

o   Legged Locomotion of hexapods

o   Unsupervised learning for video, Lidar, and multimodal sensors

o   Detecting misinformation in multi-modal data

o   Learning based, recognition aware, image compression

o   WiFi proximity detection methods for contact tracing of Covid-19

o   Temporal graphical neural networks for Covid 19 prediction

o   Detecting small objects in ultra-high resolution images:

§  Automated Segmentation and Area Assessment of Invasive Melanoma

§  Barcode detection and decoding in high resolution images




EECS 225B, Digital Image Processing

EE290T, 3D reconstruction and recognition


Selected Honors and Awards


·       2022 Winner of phases 1 and 2 Department of Energy E-Robot competition.

·       2018 Electronic Imaging Scientist of the year.

·       2004 Okawa Foundation Prize.

·       2002 Fellow of IEEE

·       1992 Office   of   Naval  Research  Young  Investigator  Award.

·       1990  Presidential  Young  Investigator (PYI) Award from President George Herbert Walker Bush.

·       1984 - 1988 Hertz Fellowship.

·       1983 Henry Ford Engineering Award.

·       1982 - 1983 General  Motors  Scholarship.


Video of Talks:

EO/IR processing of unmanned aerial vehicle captured imagery”, Keynote Speech, 2021 ICCV workshop on Analysis of Aerial Motion Imagery (WAAMI), Montreal, Canada

Thermal Mapping of  Building Interior with a robot. 


 “Drone Image Processing, Opportunities and Challenges”, Invited Talk at BIDS, May 2021


 “Fast Automated 3D modeling of building interiors and parsing of assets”, Keynote Speech at ISPRS Geo Spatial Week, University of Twente, Netherlands, June 2019


Fast Photorealistic 3D mapping of urban environments, Cruise Tech Talk,     October, 3, 2018


“Smart Tech: Phones, Drones and Interior Mapping”, February 19, 2018, BigThink


“Mapping your world with a backpack”, October 29, 2015, KQED


“The Mapping Backpack”, Berkeley Engineering, June 8, 2015


“Backpack Device Performs Three Dimensional Scanning for any Building Design”, June 4, 2015, BBC Arabic


“Berkeley Based Startups Win Big at ARPA-E”


Avideh Zakhor Featured in ARPA-E Inspiring Innovators Showcase, February 11, 2015


 “Image Based Localization” Swarm Lab Seminar, Berkeley, CA, November 2014


Fast, automated, 3D modeling of building interiors CITRIS talk, May 4, 2011, 45 minutes


Veronica Belmont Tests Laser Backpack at UC Berkeley  Interview with Veronica Belmont, April 22, 2011, 2 minutes


Augmenting reality via client/cloud platforms, Bears conference, Feb. 2011 begins around 1:16, lasts 30 minutes


Instant 3D modeling, ImmerseTech, Los Angeles, October 2010, 20 minutes


Panel discussion on What Technological Innovations Will Create New Industries? Bears workshop, Feb. 2008, 60 minutes


Video similarity search, May 14th 2007, Future of Search Workshop, U.C. Berkeley, 20 mins


The Future of 3D Modeling: Large Scale Modeling of the Globe:  Bears Conference, Berkeley, CA February 2007; 30 minutes


Automated Reconstruction of 3D city models  Google Tech Talk, October 2006; 60 minutes

In the News:

Winner of Phases 1 and 2 of DoE E-ROBOT competition, April 2022.

“Teaching Robots to See and Understand”, Kaveh Wandell, Axios Newsletter, October 2019


 “Avideh Zakhor, the brains behind Google Earth and Street View”, The Mercury News, May 18, 2017


Berkeley Team Takes Its Energy Innovation to Capitol Hill, U.C. Berkeley Newsletter, February 2014


Backpack Creates Thermal Maps, Energy Manager Today, February 2014, by Linda Hardesty


3D Mapping Backpack, KTVU News Segment, February 2014


All Seeing Backpack Homes on Energy Waste, EnergyWire, February 2014, by David Ferris


EETD’s Rapid Energy Modeler (RAPMOD) at the ARPA-E Technology Showcase, LBNL Newsletter, February 2014


 UC Berkeley Pursues Indoor Positioning Via Smartphone Photos, FireceWirelessTech, December 10, 2013


Indoor Imagery Gives Mobile Devices the Way, Technology Review, December 10, 2013, by Tom Simonite,


A Backpack for BIM GeoDataPoint, August 30, 2012, by Christine Grahl


Turning Augmented Reality into an Open Standard, Technology Review, March 2011, by Christopher Mims


Speedy Interior Mapping Architectural Products Magazine, Jan/Feb 2011 issue


Interior modeling: a virtual walk on the inside, Photonics Spectra Magazine, Jan. 2011


Laser Backpack: One-on-One with Avideh Zakhor, Interview on KALX Radio with Alexa Vaughn, October 2010


Laser Backpack Prototype Maps Inside Buildings, George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive September 30, 2010


Laser Backpack measures interiors, United Press International, September 2010


Military backpack maps out 3D interiors, by Tim Hornyak, CNET, September 2010


Portable Laser Backpack Revolutionizes 3D Mapping, by Maria Callier, Wright Patterson Air Force Base News, September 2010


3D indoor modeling project by Richard Hart, ABC 7 News (KGO), August 8, 2010


New Backpack Makes 3D Maps of Buildings, Daily Californian, August 2010


New Backpack creates instant 3D Maps, Engadget, August 2010


Google launches ground based models in Google Earth for a number of CA cities, including Berkeley, Nov. 19th, 2009


3D modeling Air Force News, August 2007


Google Licenses the 3D city modeling software, June 2007


Video Search, Red Herring, Jan 16, 2006


3D city modeling  R&D Magazine, June 2005, 


3D City Modeling, New Scientist Article, May 2005


3D City modeling American Public Radio Interview, Future Tense, May 2005


The Hungry Mind Interview with Bonnie Azab Powell, April 2005


3D city modeling The Daily Californian, February 2004, 

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