Aaron Michaux, PhD candidate in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.


Email: amichaux at purdue dot edu

Office: Room 188 PRCE Hall

Phone: 765-444-9413

Supervisors and Research

My supervisor Dr Zygmunt Pizlo is a professor of psychological sciences who has, among many other things, trail-blazed research in the role of mathematical invariants (esp. symmetries) in shape perception. My co-supervisor Dr Edward Delp is the Charles William Harrison distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering. In my research, I am interested in applying a cognitive science approach to engineering questions in computer vision. In particular I am interested in unsupervised object detection and 3D object reconstruction from real images using mathematical invariants — priors — that are inspired by research in perceptual psychology.

Research Interests
  • Figure/ground organization
  • Unsupervised object localization
  • Video tracking
  • 3D reconstruction
  • Computer vision
  • Object detection
  • 3D symmetry
Conferences & Publications

Wang, Y., Higgins, N., Uleman, J., Michaux, A., & Vipond, D. (2015). An interactive activation and competition model of person knowledge, suggested by proactive interference by traits spontaneously inferred from behaviours. British Journal of Social Psychology.

Michaux, A., & Pizlo, A. (2015). Two correspondence problems easier than one. In Proceedings of the 2015 MODVIS Workshop.

Kwon, T., Li, Y., Scheessele, M., Michaux, A., & Pizlo, Z. (2014). Spatially-global interpolation of closed curves. In 4th Annual Midwestern Cognitive Science Conference.

Cao, Y., Barrett, D., Barbu, A., Narayanaswamy, S., Yu, H., Michaux, A., Lin, Y., Dickinon, S., Siskind, J., & Wang, S. (2013). Recognize human activites from partially observed videos. In Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition.

Barbu, A. Bridge, A., Burchill, Z., Coroian, D., Dickinson, S., Fidler, S., Michaux, A., Mussman, S., Narayanaswamy, S., Salvi, D., Schmidt, L., Shangguan, J., Siskind, J., Waggoner, J., Wang, S., Wei, J., Yin, Y., & Zhang, Z. (2012). Video in sentences out. arXiv preprint arXiv:1204.2742v1

Barbu, A., Michaux, A., Narayanaswamy, S., and Siskind, J. (2010). Simultaneous object detection, tracking, and event recognition. arXiv preprint arXiv:1204.2741.


I won the 2015 Magoon Award for excellence in teaching. I loved teaching every one of my students, and especially love seeing how far they have come since their Advanced C Programming courses. If you are one of them: I hope you enjoyed my class!