Senem Velipasalar


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

3-183 CST



  • Ph. D., Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2007
  • M.A., Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2004
  • M.S., Electrical Sciences and Computer Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2001
  • B.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1999

Research Interests:

  • Computer vision
  • Video/image processing
  • Wireless smart camera networks (Wi-SCaNs)
  • Distributed smart camera systems
  • Mobile camera applications
  • Multi-camera multi-object tracking
  • Video event detection
  • Object recognition
  • Image understanding and multimedia
  • Pattern recognition
  • Detection and estimation
  • Statistical learning
  • Signal processing

Current Research:

Dr. Velipasalar’s primary areas of research are embedded computer vision, mobile camera applications and wireless embedded smart cameras, which combine sensing, processing and communication on a single embedded platform. Dr. Velipasalar has been working on designing resource-efficient algorithms that are suitable for embedded platforms, fall detection, step counting and activity classification with wearable cameras, traffic light detection and alert signal detection with vehicle-mounted cameras, distributed target detection and tracking across overlapping and non-overlapping cameras, and resource allocation strategies and detection of events of interest on embedded smart cameras. Potential uses include military surveillance, public transportation, health care and elder care, traffic systems, and industrial and retail applications.

Lab website:

Courses Taught:

  • Image and Video Processing
  • Multi-camera Systems
  • Introduction to Embedded System Design
  • Electrical Engineering Fundamentals


  • NSF CAREER Award, 2011
  • 2014 Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award
  • Graduate School All University Doctoral Prize, received by Dr. Velipasalar’s former Ph.D. student Akhan Almagambetov, 2014.
  • Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of NY Best ITS Student Essay Award, received by Dr. Velipasalar’s former Ph.D. student Akhan Almagambetov, based on their research on vehicle taillight tracking and alert signal detection, May 2013.
  • The college-wide award for “Applicability of Research to Business and Industry”, Nunan Lecture and Research Day, April 2013.
  • Third place paper award at the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras for the paper titled “Energy-efficient Feedback Tracking on Embedded Smart Cameras by Hardware-level Optimization”, 2011
  • EPSCoR First Award, 2009
  • UNL Layman Award as Co-PI, 2009
  • Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME) for the paper titled “Design and Verification of Communication Protocols for
  • Peer-to-Peer Multimedia Systems,” 2006
  • IBM Patent Application Award, 2005
  • Travel Grant, Office of Graduate Affairs, Princeton University, 2005
  • Graduate Fellowship, Princeton University, 2002
  • Graduate Fellowship, Brown University, 1999
  • NETAS Scholarship given on highly selective basis to successful engineering students, 1999
  • Sabanci Scholarship for outstanding success at the university entrance examination, 1994
  • The award from Is Bank to the top 70 students, out of about 1 million, in the university entrance examination, 1994

Selected Publications:

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