Hi! I am Makarand Tapaswi, a PostDoctoral Fellow at the Machine Learning group, University of Toronto, working with Prof. Sanja Fidler.
Broadly, my work revolves around the vision and language sub-field. In particular, I enjoy working with movies and TV series, especially teaching machines about human behavior and analyzing storylines.
Previously, I was a PhD student and Research Assistant at the Computer Vision for Human Computer Interaction (CVHCI) lab, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. I introduced novel problems such as alignment of books with movies, plot synopses (from Wikipedia) with TV episodes, their visualization inspired by XKCD, and the first story question-answering challenge: MovieQA. I also worked on clustering and identifying characters in videos to allow for semantic video analysis.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.