Dhruv Batra

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Assistant Professor
School of Interactive Computing
Georgia Tech

Visting Researcher
Facebook AI Research (FAIR)

Research Assistant Professor
Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech

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Highlights and News

Spring 17:
I received the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) award!
Spring 17:
I received an Amazon Academic Research Award (AARA) for Visual Dialog.
Fall 2016:
I am moving to Georgia Tech (School of Interactive Computing).
I will be spending a year at Facebook AI Research as a Visiting Researcher.
I am serving as an Area Chair for CVPR 2017, ICLR 2017, NIPS 2017, UAI 2017.
Interview with WVTF Radio IQ for our work on Visual Question Answering!
2 papers accepted at NIPS16. 5 papers accepted at EMNLP16.
4 papers accepted at CVPR16. 2 papers accepted at NAACL16.
1 paper accepted at ICLR16. 1 paper accepted at WACV16.
2 papers accepted at ICCV15. 1 paper accepted at NIPS15.
Devi Parikh and I received a Google Faculty Research Award for Visual Question Answering (VQA)!
I am serving as an Area Chair for CVPR 2016.
Fall 2015:
Teaching ECE 6504: Deep Learning for Perception.
New arxiv paper on VQA: Visual Question Answering.
Check out the dataset at visualqa.org!
2 papers accepted at CVPR15 (1 poster, 1 oral).
I received the Outstanding New Assistant Professor award from the College of Engineering, VT.
Spring 15:
I will be serving as the Doctoral Consortium Chair at ICCV 2015.
Spring 15:
Teaching ECE 5984: Intro to Machine Learning. All video lectures now available.
I received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award!
I received the Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Program (YIP) award!
Received Windows Azure for Research Award for CloudCV.
Our CloudCV project was awarded an Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Education: Machine Learning Research Grant.
Recognized as the VT Teacher of the Week by the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER), for developing new, innovative curriculum.
[ CIDER News Release | Fall 2013 class | Spring 2013 class ]
My work in Diverse Structured Prediction was awarded an NSF Grant. [Project Page]
We are starting a Computer Vision and Machine Learning Reading Group. Please sign up if interested in participating.
My work with Chris Dyer, Kevin Gimpel and Greg Shakhnarovich, won the Google Faculty Research Award.
I am serving as a Co-Guest-Editor of the TPAMI Special Issue on Higher Order Graphical Models in Computer Vision: Modelling, Inference & Learning.
My group (Machine Learning & Perception @ VT) has an opening for a post-doc. Please email me for details.
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About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech and a Visiting Researcher at Facebook AI Research (FAIR).

From Jan 2013 - Aug 2016, I was an Assistant Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where I led the VT Machine Learning & Perception group. From Sep 2010 - Dec 2012, I was a Research Assistant Professor at Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC), a philanthropically endowed academic computer science institute located in the campus of University of Chicago.

I received my Ph.D. in 2010 from Carnegie Mellon University, advised by Tsuhan Chen. I had the pleasure of spending the last 1.5 years of my grad school life at Cornell, following my advisor's move.

In past, I have held visiting positions at:

As a student, I have spent time at: Official Bio.


My research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and computer vision, with a focus on developing intelligent systems that are able to

On the machine learning front, I develop tools such as

On the computer vision front, I focus on My Google Scholar profile.

Honors and Awards

Press Coverage

The research performed by my group (and our collaborators) has been covered here:

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My group is supported by the following:

Research Grants and Gifts

Equipment, Educational, Organizational Grants and Gifts



I lead the VT Machine Learning & Perception Group. Here are the current and past members:




Visiting Students

MLP Group Alumni (Graduated Students & Former Interns)

Former Student Collaborators


On the web

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