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March 16, 2015

Assistant Professor Alex Berg has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award that will fund a research project titled “Situated Recognition: Learning to understand our local visual environment.”

The project aims to develop computer vision technologies for recognizing objects in our daily lives. For recognizing visual content around us, where cameras can record multiple images over a period of time, there is an opportunity to take advantage of context that is not available for internet images.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. The program seeks to build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

This award will provide $500,000 of funding to the project over the next five years.

Berg joins Tamara Berg, Ron Alterovitz, and Marc Niethammer as UNC computer science faculty who have received NSF CAREER awards in recent years.