University of Minnesota
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Guillermo R. Sapiro


Area of expertise: Image processing, computer vision, computational vision, biomedical imaging, brain imaging, differential geometry and differential equations, scientific computation, computer graphics, learning and high dimensional data analysis, applied mathematics

D.Sc., EE, 1993, Technion, Haifa, Israel
M.S., EE, 1991, Technion, Haifa, Israel
B.S., CE, 1989, Technion, Haifa, Israel

Contact information
Office: 5-159 Keller Hall
Telephone: (612) 625-1343
E-mail: guille (at)
Personal Web Site:

2008 Vincentine Hermes-Luh Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering
2007 Founding Editor-in-Chief, Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
         SIAM Journal on Imaging Science
2006 Plenary Speaker, Curves and Surfaces, Norway, June 2006.
2006 George Taylor Research Award, University of Minnesota
2004 Distinguished McKnight University Professor
2003-2005 Vice President/President of the SIAM Imaging Sciences Activity Group
2001 Best student paper award with graduate student M. Bertalimio, First IEEE
         Workshop on Variational and Level Set Methods in Computer Vision, Vancouver,
         July, 2001
1999 Plenary Speaker, Foundation of Computational Mathematics, Oxford, July 1999
1999 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER)
         Program Award
1998 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
1997 Plenary Speaker, IEEE/EURASIP Workshop on Nonlinear Signal and Image
         Processing, Mackinac Island, Michigan, September, 1997
1993 Rothschild Fellowship for Post-Doctoral Studies

My areas of specialization include image processing, computer vision, robotics, human vision, differential geometry, partial differential equations, invariant theory, human motor control, user friendly image processing and computer vision, and applications of mathematics to engineering problems.

Selected publications
X. Bai and G. Sapiro, "Geodesic matting: A framework for fast interactive image and video segmentation and matting", International Journal Computer Vision, 2009.

G. Haro, G. Randall, and G. Sapiro, "Translated Poisson mixture model for stratification learning", International Journal Computer Vision 80:3, pp. 358-374, December 2008.

J. Liu, A. Bartesaghi, M. J. Borgnia, G. Sapiro, and S. Subramaniam, "Molecular architecture of native HIV-1 gp120 trimers",  Nature 07159, July 30, 2008.

J. Mairal, M. Elad, and G. Sapiro, "Learning multiscale sparse representations for image and video restoration", SIAM Multiscale Modeling and Simulation 7, pp. 214-241, 2008.

F. Memoli and G. Sapiro, "A theoretical and computational framework for isometry invariant recognition of point cloud data", Foundations of Computational Mathematics 5:3, pp. 313-347, 2005.

M. Bertalmio, G. Sapiro, V. Caselles, and C. Ballester, "Image inpainting", Computer Graphics (SIGGRAPH), July 2000.