Devinder Kumar devinder.kumar"AT"

PhD Candidate, UWaterloo & AI scientist in residence @NEXTAI

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My research centers around Deep Learning and its application in Computer Vision. Specifically, the research problem I am currently focusing on is: How to make current deep models interpretable (Explainable-AI) and "compact" enough (Scalable AI) for real time client side applications.

I am a first year PhD student at VIP lab - University of Waterloo and Machine Learning Research Group - University of Guelph where I am supervised by Dr. Alexander Wong (UWaterloo) and Dr. Graham Taylor (UGuelph/ Vector Inst.). Before this, I completed my MASc. in WAVE lab & VIP lab at University of Waterloo, where I worked with Dr. Steven Waslander and Prof. David Clausi.

Previous to joining UWaterloo, I was a research engineer in LIP-6 - UPMC-Sorbonne University, Paris. There I had great time working with Prof. Matthieu Cord and Asst. Prof Nicolas Thome

I also frequently collaborate with: Prof. Farzad Khalvati, University of Toronto, Dr. Angelo Zilleti, FHI-Max Planck Berlin and Amarjot Singh , University of Cambridge.

For a full history, here's my Curriculum-Vitæ, Google Scholar and LinkedIn.


Oct 2017
Invited talk at Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)-NRC meeting, ”Future of commercialization of AI research and how SMEs in Canada could exploit the opportunities in global context”, Toronto, Canada, Nov 1st
Sept 2017
I will be speaking on the panel "Math education for an AI world" at Fields Insitute on Sept 30th
Aug 2017
I am now the managing editor for Journal of Computational Vision and Imaging Systems (JCVIS)
Jun 2017
I am giving an invited Keynote Speech at AI-Toronto, 2017 Conference on 21st June, 2017
May 2017
"CLEAR visualization" paper accepted at CVPR Workshop (CVPR-W) on Explainable Computer Vision
Apr 2017
Accepted at DL & RL Summer School, 2017 at MILA, UMontreal with CIFAR scholarship.
Mar 2017
Paper accepted at 14th International Conference on Image Analysis and Recognition (ICIAR, 2017)
Feb 2017
I am joining this year's NextAI program as an AI scientist in residence.
Dec 2016
I will be giving an invited talk at the theory department at Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society on 08 Dec, 2016
Nov 2016
Paper accepted at 30th Neural Information Processing Systems Machine learning for healthcare Workshop (NIPS MLH, 2016)
Jun 2016
I will be joining Philips Research (HQ) as a deep learning intern at Eindhoven, NL where I will be working with the data science and medical oncology solutions departments.
May 2016
I gave an invited talk at Gustave Roussy cancer research institute, Paris, France
Nov 2015
Paper accepted at 29th Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Machine Learning for Healthcare Workshop ,2015

Publications selected publications only, for full list please refer my CV

Explaining the Unexplained: A CLass-Enhanced Attentive Response (CLEAR) Approach to Understanding Deep Neural Networks
D.Kumar, A. Wong,  and G. W. Taylor
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshop Oral, 2017
Understanding Anatomy Classification Using Visualization
D.Kumar, and V.Menkovski
30th NIPS Machine Learning for Health (NIPS-MLH) Workshop, 2016
Discovery Radiomics via StochasticNet Sequencers for Cancer Detection
M.J.Shafiee, A.G. Chung, D. Kumar,, F. Khalvati, M.A. Haider and A. Wong
29th NIPS Machine Learning for Healthcare (NIPS-MLH) Workshop, 2015
slides | bib | pdf
Recipe recognition with large multimodal food dataset
X.Wang, D.Kumar,  N.Thome,   M.Cord,  and F.Precioso
7th Workshop on Multimediafor Cooking and Eating Activities (CEA) in conjuction with ICME, July 2015.
bib | pdf
Taming the North: Multi-Camera Parallel Tracking and Mapping in Snow-Laden Environments
A.Das, D.Kumar,  A.E.Bably  and S. Waslander
In proceedings Field and Service Robotics (FSR), June, 2015.
slides | bib | pdf
Lung Nodule Classification Using Deep Features in CT Images (Oral)
D. Kumar,  A. Wong and D. Clausi
12th Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV), Halifax, NS, June, 2015.
bib | pdf
Best Paper Award (3rd Position-Undergrad) in IEEE Region 10 Paper Contest
Constructive Learning for Human-Robot Interaction
A.Singh,  S.Karanam, and D.Kumar
IEEE Potentials, Vol. 32, Issue: 4, pp(s): 13-19, Aug, 2013


VISIIR web demo Food recognition system based on the work that I did at LIP-6, Paris.

More projects can be found on my GitHub profile.


UPMC-101 Dataset of 101 food categories (~1000 images per category) that I created from Google image search results.

Hack-day projects

Under Construction!!