I pass my days figuring out ways for computers, robots, or artificial agents to perceive and reason about the world as we humans do. And as Wernher von Braun said: "Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing".

Victor Escorcia was a Ph.D. student in Image and Video Understanding Lab (IVUL) Group under the supervision of Prof. Bernard Ghanem at KAUST. 

Education and Early Career

Victor Escorcia got a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Universidad Del Norte in Colombia in 2012. He also earned his Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Del Norte in Colombia in 2014. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from KAUST in 2019.

During 2017, Victor did an internship under the topic of Actor-supervision, a weakly-supervised approach for action localization in videos, at Qualcomm in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Moreover, he was a research intern in Adobe in San Francisco, CA in 2018. He focused on Moments retrieval from a video corpus given natural language queries.

Research Interest

Escorcia's research interest lies in the intersection of computer vision and machine learning. In particular, he's intrigued about scalable and efficient video understanding.

Honors and Awards

Victor Escorcia most recent award was the CVPR Outstanding Reviewer for the period of 2017-2018. In 2014, his Master thesis was graded as Cum Laude from Universidad Del Norte in Colombia. Before that, Escorcia was awarded the Joven Investigator Scholarship from Colciencias & Universidad Del Norte in Colombia in 2013. He also won the Silver Medal to the ranked 1st graduate of Excellence of Electronic Engineering from Universidad Del Norte in Colombia for the year 2012.

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, 2019
  • M.S., in Electronic Engineering, Universidad del Norte, Colombia, 2014
  • B.S., in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universidad del Norte, Colombia, 2012

Awards and Distinctions

  • Roble Amarillo Scholarship, Universidad del Norte, Colombia.
  • Joven Investigador Award 2013, Colciencias, Colombia

Professional Memberships

Academic Peer Reviewer in CVPR, ECCV, ICCV

Selected Publications

Escorcia, V., Dao, C. D., Jain, M., Ghanem, B., Snoek, C. (2018). Guess Where? Actor-Supervision for Spatiotemporal Action Localization, (Preprint). https://hdl.handle.net/10754/627508
Buch, S., Escorcia, V., Shen, C., Ghanem, B., & Niebles, J. C. (2017). SST: Single-Stream Temporal Action Proposals. 2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). doi:10.1109/cvpr.2017.675
Heilbron, F. C., Barrios, W., Escorcia, V., & Ghanem, B. (2017). SCC: Semantic Context Cascade for Efficient Action Detection. 2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). doi:10.1109/cvpr.2017.338