The design of artificial visual systems, (AVS), has its roots in the modelling of the human visual system (HVS); an extremely challenging task that generations of researchers have attempted with limited success.

Vision is a very natural capability and it is commonly accepted that about 80% of what we perceive is vision-based. Vision’s highly intuitive nature makes it difficult for us to understand the myriad of problems associated with designing AVS, in contrast to sophisticated analytic tasks such as playing chess.Foto: Kristoffer Öfjäll

Thus AVS became a widely underestimated scientific problem, maybe one of the most underestimated problems of the past decades.

Many AI researchers believed that the real challenges were symbolic and analytic problems and visual perception was just a simple sub-problem, to be dealt with in a summer project, which obviously failed.

The truth is that computers are better than humans at playing chess, but even a small child has better generic vision capabilities than any artificial system.

My research aims at improving AVS capabilities substantially, driven by an HVS-inspired approach, as AVS are supposed to coexist with – and therefore predict actions of – humans.


Michael Felsberg - Highest ranked AI researcher in Sweden, Vinnova AI report

Quick Facts

Scientific Merits (selection)

Over 20 000 citations, h-index 47, i10-index 126.
2020 CVPR-WS Perception Beyond the Visible Spectrum, keynote, Virtual.
2020 ISCMI, keynote, Virtual.
2021 CVPR-WS Robust Video Scene Understanding, invited speaker, Virtual.

Awards (selection)

2015 Tracking challenge winner, OpenCV, U.S..
2016 Best paper award, ICPR, Mexico.
2018 Highest ranked AI researcher in Sweden, Vinnova AI report, Sweden.
2021 Best paper award, VISAPP, Vienna.
2021 Honorable Mention, DAGM GCPR, Germany

Positions of Trust (selection)

2018 Vice-Head of Department, Electrical Engineering.
2020 WASP Executive Committee, University Representative.
2021 WASP Area Cluster Leader, Machine Learning, Deep Learning and other AI.

Selected Publications

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Research within WASP

Research Computer Vision

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