Yoav Y. Schechner

Prof. Yoav Y. Schechner
The Mark and Diane Seiden Chair in Science
Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa 3200003, Israel

Phone: +972-4-8293236
Fax: +972-4-8295757
E-mail: yoav@ee.technion.ac.il

Research interests

We are involved in CloudCT: a space mission to probe small clouds using 3D optical scattering tomography that will run on images taken by a large orbiting formation of nano-satellites. It will seek better understanding of clouds and climate, while pushing computational photgraphy and space-enginering technologies to new frontiers. PIs Yoav Schechner (Technion), Ilan Koren (WIS) and Klaus Schilling (ZfT). Wanted: Students to join this exciting research breakthrough, having interest in any of the following: computer vision, optics, image processing, meteorology, climate.

Resulting studies include:

Tomographic atmospheric recovery; refractive distortions (virtual periscope); imaging through turbid (scattering) media e.g., overcoming haze and underwater imaging; Spaceborne multiview recovery; computational imaging on the electric grid; illumination multiplexing; 3D shape estimation based on defocus and diffracted-rotated PSFs; separation and reconstruction of semireflections and transparent layers; polarization and multispectral imaging; radiometric self-calibration; overcoming and exploiting lens-flare and random illumination caustics; recovery limits under pointwise degradations; audio-visual analysis.

Some of the studies involve statistical frameworks to achieve blind estimation. Here is a Wordl based on the research page:

What's new?

April 2022
  1. A. Vainiger, O. Shubi, Y. Schechner, Z. Yin, H. Baars, B. Heese, D. Althausen, Learned lidar calibration demonstrated on simulated data. Accepted to the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (2022).
March 2022
  1. ZfT published the tender for the Optical Payload of the CloudCT space mission.
  2. Vadim Holodovsky was promoted to Senior Research Associate I
  3. JOSA A Emerging Researcher Best Paper Prize for 2021 was won by our paper R. Ronen, Y. Attias, Y. Y. Schechner, J. S. Jaffe, and E. Orenstein, Plankton reconstruction through robust statistical optical tomography.
February 2022
  1. MLIS Center Awardfor Excellent Publication for 2021-2022 was granted to our paper Y. Sde Chen, Y. Schechner, V. Holodovsky, E. Eytan, 3DeepCT: Learning volumetric scattering tomography.
Nov 2021, Invited talk
    Y. Y. Schechner, V. Holodovsky, M. Tzabari, Y. Gat, A. Levis, A. Geva, R. Gupta, I. Koren, K. Schilling, Embracing the challenge of nonlinear models in multi-angular tomography. Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers (2021).
Oct 2021
  1. P. Sharma, M. Aittala, Y. Schechner, A. Torralba, G. Wornell, W. Freeman and F. Durand, What you can learn by staring at a blank wall. Proc. IEEE ICCV - International Conference on Computer Vision (2021). Oral
  2. R. Ronen, Y. Schechner, E. Eytan, 4D Cloud scattering tomography. Proc. IEEE ICCV - International Conference on Computer Vision (2021).
  3. Y. Sde Chen, Y. Schechner, V. Holodovsky, E. Eytan, 3DeepCT: Learning volumetric scattering tomography. Proc. IEEE ICCV - International Conference on Computer Vision (2021).
Sep 2021
  1. R. Ronen Y. Attias, Y. Schechner, J. Jaffe, E. Orenstein, Plankton Reconstruction through Robust Statistical Optical Tomography. Journal of the Optical Society of America - A 38:9 (2021). Editor's Picks

Brief bio

B.A. in Physics '90
MSc in Physics '94
PhD in Electrical Eng. '99
All my degrees are from the Technion.
Then, Research Scientist in Columbia U. '00-'02. I was a Visiting Associate in Caltech and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) '10-'11, and in MIT '16.
Now a Professor in the Technion's Viterbi Faculty of Elect. Eng. A Landau Fellow - supported by the Taub Foundation.
Best Paper Award, ICCP 2013+2018. Best Student Paper Award, CVPR 2017. Distinguished Teaching Honorable Mention, Technion 2017. Fumio Okano Best 3D Paper Award 2017.
Distinguished Lecturer Award, Technion 2020.
A Principal Investigator and Coordinator of the ERC-Synergy CloudCT project. More details are in my CV.

Virtual Periscope Cross-Modal Denoising Multiplexed Unmixing Geometry by Deflaring Aerosol Tomography Flat Refractive Geometry Rotating Beams Harmony in Motion Multiplexed Illumination Generalized Mosaicing Clear Underwater Vision Spectral and Dynamic Range Modulation Imaging Instant Dehazing Active Illumination De-scattering
Hybrid Imaging Lab