Alex Vasilescu is the chief scientist at Tensor Vision Technologies. Alex, what does this company do? We develop software for face recognition. We try to extract meaningful data from images. Do you also teach? I've been teaching at UCLA. I just graduated a student that has been working on Semi-unsupervised Multilinear Tensor Decompositions. Do you feel more like a teacher or industry technologist? I am first and foremost a scientist. ...which can be both actually! Yes! Tell us about your work. We’ve been working on extracting meaningful insights from data, disentangling images into their causal factors, and we’ve been using Tensor Technologies for a long time, for the last almost 20 years. It has become popular in the last five to ten years or so. If you have been doing this for so many years, what still makes it challenging for you? People used to say that face recognition should be solved in six months. We’re still trying to solve it. Lots of strides have been made in that direction, but it’s always difficult. Tell me why it’s difficult. Computers are better at determining if two images are the same rather than determining if the same person is in both photos. There’s a little bit of a Alex Vasilescu 18 DAILY CVPR Thursday Guest “ People used to say that face recognition should be solved in six months. We’re still trying to solve it!"