Steven Zucker

  • David and Lucille Packard Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Research interests
Biomedical Engineering; Computers; Mathematical Computing; Mathematics; Neurophysiology; Neurosciences; Robotics; Biomedical Research
Research summary

Computational vision is at the heart of robotics and biomedicine but is still quite primitive when compared with our own visual sense. We effortlessly demonstrate enormous flexibility and generality, which hides its staggering complexity: more than one-third of the primate brain processes visual information. How do we characterize the function of billions of neurons in algorithmic terms? Steven Zucker is putting the requirements of vision systems together with insights from neurophysiology to develop an abstract theory of computational vision. Based on differential geometry, it leads to methods of curve detection, shading and texture analyses, and generic shape description. The key to studying and modeling vision is an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating computation, neuroscience, and mathematics.

Specialized Terms: Computational Neuroscience; Computational Vision

  • Coifman RR, Maggioni M, Zucker SW, Kevrekidis IG. Geometric diffusions for the analysis of data from sensor networks. Current Opinion In Neurobiology 2005, 15:576-84.
  • Ben-Shahar O, Zucker SW. Hue geometry and horizontal connections. Neural Networks : The Official Journal Of The International Neural Network Society 2004, 17:753-71.
International activities
  • Computer Vision
    Canada, Italy (2007-Present)
    Professor Zucker has collaborations with international colleagues in the area of computer vision, in particular in the mathematical and computational description of visual shape.

    McGill University, McGill University, University of Venice Ca' Foscari, University of Venice Ca' Foscari