Antonio Torralba

Associate Professor

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Assistant: Fern Deolivera
Office: 32-D530, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

My research is in the areas of computer vision, machine learning and human visual perception. I am interested in scene and object recognition, among other things.

Scene and object recognition are two related visual tasks generally studied separately. However, by devising systems that solve these tasks in an integrated fashion I believe it is possible to build more efficient and robust recognition systems.


Alyosha Efros and I are guest-editing an IJCV special issue on Big Visual Data. Submission Deadline: May 15, 2013.

Check the LabelMe App for iPhone and iPad. The app connects with your LabelMe account online and allows you to take pictures and label them on the device. You can then recover the images and anotations with the LabelMe matlab toolbox. Developed by Dolores Blanco, Aina Torralba, David Way and Antonio Torralba.

Lab Members

Aditya Khosla (Grad. student), Agata Lapedriza (Visiting professor, UOC), Andrew Owens (Grad. student with Bill Freeman), Carl Vondrick (Grad. student), Hamed Pirsiavash (Post-doctoral Fellow), Jianxiong Xiao (Grad. student), Josep Marc Mingot Hidalgo (Visiting student, UPC), Joseph J. Lim (Grad. student), Tomasz Malisiewicz (Post-doctoral Fellow), Zoya Gavrilov (Grad. Student).

Past students and visitors

Dolores Blanco Almazan (Visiting student, 2012), Biliana Kaneva (Graduated 2011), Jenny Yuen (Graduated 2011), Tilke Judd (Graduated 2011) Myung "Jin" Choi (Graduated 2011), James Hays (Post-doctoral Fellow), Hector J.Bernal (Visiting student), Gunhee Kim (Visiting student), Bryan C. Russell (Graduated 2008).


SUN Database. Scene UNderstanding Database. A database for scene recognition (900 scene categories) and multiclass object detection (>15000 fully segmented images). Xiao et al, CVPR 2010. (pdf)

360-SUN Database. A database of 360 degrees panoramas organized along the SUN categories. Xiao et al, CVPR 2012. (pdf)

LabelMe: the open annotation tool. Explore the online query tool, Matlab toolbox, Wordnet hierarchy, and the 3D LabelMe toolbox

LabelMe video: Jenny Yuen et al, ICCV 09. (pdf)

80 Million tiny images: explore a dense sampling of the visual world Antonio Torralba, Rob Fergus, William T. Freeman

Indoor Scene Recognition Database: 67 indoor scene categories. A. Quattoni, and A.Torralba. CVPR 2009.


Scene Understanding Symposium (SUnS) Aude Oliva, Thomas Serre, Antonio Torralba 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011.

The context challenge: How far can you go before having to run an object detector?

Gallery: A selection of some of the images that I like the most resulting from the research.


Gist, scene recognition.

A simple object detector with boosting.

Eye movements and attention.

SIFT Flow.

Talks and tutorials

Course on Recognizing and Learning Object Categories Li Fei-Fei, Rob Fergus, Antonio Torralba. ICCV 2005, CVPR 2007, ICCV 2009.