Dr. Biris finished his PhD in 2015 from the School of Engineering from Brown University, along with his ScB in Computer Engineering in 2009. His dissertation focused on the compression of 2D and 3D dynamic scenes based on motion estimation. He successfully adapted classical optical flow algorithms to work on 3D time-varying probabilistic volumetric models by leveraging 3D surface and appearance information. During his first years of his PhD, Octavian has developed an algorithm for surveillance video compression based on background modeling and the JPEG 2000 standard. His research interests also pursued new motion estimation methods based on recasting Schroedinger’s equation in the context of computer vision. He was also the teaching assistant of the graduate level course on scientific programming in C++ for four years in a row, where he contributed to multiple lectures on modern C++11 features and development, Python C bindings and GPU computing. Octavian is currently working on combining 3D human face modeling techniques with machine learning and data-driven methods in order to solve face detection and recognition problems.