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Alper Ayvacı, Ph.D.

Email: alper.ayvaci at
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About Me

I'm a Robotics/Vision Researcher at Waymo (formerly Google Self-Driving Car Project) and working on perception systems for self-driving cars. Prior to joining Waymo, I was a Senior Scientist at Honda Research Institute (HRI), USA.

I received my Ph.D. in 2012 from Computer Science Department at University of California, Los Angeles. During my graduate studies, I worked on optical flow estimation, occlusion detection, object detection, video segmentation and super-resolution.


  • September 27, 2015 - Our paper, Partially Occluded Object Detection by Finding Visible Features and Parts, won the Best Paper Award at ICIP’2015.

  • April 29, 2015 - Our paper on Partially Occluded Object Detection by Finding the Visible Features and Parts is accepted at ICIP'2015 for oral presentation.

  • May 7, 2013 - Our paper on Semantic Segmentation Exploiting Occlusion Relations within a Convex Optimization Framework is accepted at EMMCVPR'2013 for oral presentation.

  • June 15, 2012 - Our paper on Video Upscaling with Spatio-Temporal Self-Similar Examples is accepted at ICPR'2012 for oral presentation.