Karteek Alahari

Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes - Thoth project-team
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Karteek Alahari

I am a researcher (chargé de recherche) in the Inria Thoth team (formerly known as LEAR), based at the Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes center.

I was previously a postdoctoral fellow in the Inria WILLOW team at the Department of Computer Science, École Normale Supérieure (ENS), where I worked with Ivan Laptev, Jean Ponce, and Josef Sivic. I completed my Ph.D. in July 2010, under the supervision of Philip Torr. I am also an associate member of the Visual Geometry Group, University of Oxford and the WILLOW team at ENS.

My current research focuses on addressing the visual understanding problem in the context of large-scale datasets. In particular, I work on modelling problems, such as pose estimation, recognition, tracking, segmentation, as optimization problems defined on graphs, learning parameters of the optimization functions with minimally-annotated data, and developing inference algorithms that scale-up to large data collections.

NEWS (A complete list is here)
  • Our associate team GAYA with CMU has started. See the team website.
  • LEAR has now become Thoth! New webpage coming soon.
  • We won the visual object tracking challenge (VOT-TIR track) held at ICCV 2015.
  • Our ICCV 2015 paper on tracking is now available.
  • Gave an invited talk at the 5th Workshop on Algorithmic issues for Inference in Graphical Models (AIGM) [slides].
  • I will be staying on at Inria as a permanent researcher (chargé de recherche) starting October 2015.
  • Code for our TPAMI 2015 & ICCV 2013 work on pose estimation and segmentation of multiple people is available.
  • Gave an invited talk at the 36th Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision Colloquium [slides].
  • Received Google Faculty Research Award 2015 (see announcement).
  • Our team won one of the tasks in the TRECVID 2014 competition.
  • Code for our human pose estimation work from CVPR 2014 is available.



  • Henrique Morimitsu, 2016- (co-advised with C. Schmid)
  • Anoop Cherian, 2013-2015 (co-advised with J. Mairal and C. Schmid)

  • PhD:
  • Sourabh Daptardar, 2015- (co-advised with C. V. Jawahar)
  •     Intel India PhD Fellowship 2015
  • Nicolas Chesneau, 2014- (co-advised with C. Schmid)
  • Pavel Tokmakov, 2014- (co-advised with C. Schmid)
  • Yang Hua, 2013- (co-advised with C. Schmid)
  • Anand Mishra, 2011 - April 2016 (co-advised with C. V. Jawahar)
  •     Runner-up, Xerox Research India Dissertation Award 2015
        Microsoft Research India PhD Fellowship 2012

  • Udit Roy, 2014-2015 (co-advised with C. V. Jawahar)

    Masters intern:
  • Valentin Thomas, 2016 (co-advised with C. Schmid)
  • Vladyslav Sydorov, 2015 (co-advised with C. Schmid and A. Gaidon)

    2015-'16: Introduction to Discrete Optimization (at École Centrale Paris)
    2014-'15: Multimedia databases (at ENSIMAG, in French)
    2013-'14: Multimedia databases (at ENSIMAG)

    CV (pdf -- last updated: May 2016)     DBLP Page (Please see publications for a more complete list)     Google scholar

    RECENT NEWS from Inria (A complete list is here)
  • In view of the French national event, Semaine du cerveau, see Inria's activities in this area in French
  • Inria's new Paris site is inaugurated (read the report in French)
  • Inria's significant efforts for parity and equality are reviewed in a recent article (in French)
  • Inria will hire 28 researchers in 2016 (see details in English, French)
  • IDEX (Initiative d'Excellence) at Grenoble (read in French)
  • Inria has a collaborative agreement with the new Facebook AI Research lab in Paris (see announcement in French, English)


    *Photo courtesy: P. Vachiramon.