Larry Davis

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
2252 Iribe Center
(301) 405-6718
Ph.D., University of Maryland
Special Awards/Honors: 
IAPR Fellow, IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow

Larry S. Davis is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Computer Science and former director of the Center for Automation Research (CfAR).

His research focuses on object/action recognition/scene analysis, event and modeling recognition, image and video databases, tracking, human movement modeling, 3-D human motion capture, and camera networks.

Davis is also affiliated with the Computer Vision Laboratory in CfAR. He served as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 1999 to 2012.

He received his doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1976. He was named an IAPR Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and ACM Fellow.

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Zotkin DN, Duraiswami R, Nanda H, Davis LS.  2001.  Multimodal tracking for smart videoconferencing. Second International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, Tokyo, Japan.

Fermüller C, Aloimonos Y.  2001.  Statistics Explains Geometrical Optical Illusions. Foundations of Image UnderstandingFoundations of Image Understanding. 628:409-445.


Zotkin DN, Duraiswami R, Davis LS, Haritaoglu I.  2000.  An audio-video front-end for multimedia applications. 2000 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. 2:786-791vol.2-786-791vol.2.

Zotkin DN, Duraiswami R, Philomin V, Davis LS.  2000.  Smart videoconferencing. 2000 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, 2000. ICME 2000. 3:1597-1600vol.3-1597-1600vol.3.

De la Torre F, Yacoob Y, Davis LS.  2000.  A probabilistic framework for rigid and non-rigid appearance based tracking and recognition. Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, 2000. Proceedings. Fourth IEEE International Conference on.

Duraiswami R, Zotkin DN, Borovikov EA, Davis LS.  2000.  Active source location and beamforming. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 107:2790-2790.


Yacoob Y, Davis LS.  1999.  Temporal multi-scale models for flow and acceleration. International Journal of Computer Vision. 32(2):147-163.

Yacoob Y, Davis LS.  1999.  Estimation of composite object and camera image motion. The Proceedings of the Seventh IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision, 1999. 1:190-197vol.1-190-197vol.1.

Yacoob Y, Davis LS.  1999.  Tracking rigid motion using a compact-structure constraint. Computer Vision, 1999. The Proceedings of the Seventh IEEE International Conference on. 1:198-205vol.1-198-205vol.1.

Zotkin DN, Duraiswami R, Hariatoglu I, Davis LS, Otsuka T.  1999.  A real-time audio–video front-end for multimedia applications. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 106:2271-2271.


Shock CT, Chang C, Moon B, Acharya A, Davis LS, Saltz J, Sussman A.  1998.  The design and evaluation of a high-performance earth science database. Parallel Computing. 24(1):65-89.


Davis LS, Fejes S, Harwood D, Yacoob Y, Hariatoglu I, Black M.  1997.  Visual surveillance of human activity. Computer Vision—ACCV'98.

Teng YA, Mount D, Puppo E, Davis LS.  1997.  Parallelizing and algorithm for visibility on polyhedral terrain. International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications. 7(1/2):75-84.

Yacoob Y, Davis LS.  1997.  Temporal Multi-scale Models for Image Motion Estimation. Image Understanding Workshop: proceedings of a workshop held in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 11-14, 1997. 1:135-135.


Morimoto C, Yacoob Y, Davis LS.  1996.  Recognition of head gestures using hidden markov models. Pattern Recognition, 1996., Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on. 3:461-465.

Shock C, Chang C, Davis LS, Goward S, Saltz J, Sussman A.  1996.  A high performance image database system for remotely sensed imagery. Euro-Par'96 Parallel Processing.

Yacoob Y, Davis LS.  1996.  Recognizing human facial expressions from long image sequences using optical flow. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. 18(6):636-642.

Horprasert T, Yacoob Y, Davis LS.  1996.  Computing 3-D head orientation from a monocular image sequence. Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, 1996., Proceedings of the Second International Conference on.


Liang S, Davis LS, Townshend J, Chellappa R, DeFries R, Dubayah R, Goward S, JaJa JF, Krishnamachar S, Roussopoulos N et al..  1995.  Land cover dynamics investigation using parallel computers. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 1995. IGARSS '95. 'Quantitative Remote Sensing for Science and Applications', International. 1:332-334vol.1-332-334vol.1.


Parulekar R, Davis LS, Chellappa R, Saltz J, Sussman A, Townshend J.  1994.  High performance computing for land cover dynamics. Pattern Recognition, 1994. Vol. 3-Conference C: Signal Processing, Proceedings of the 12th IAPR International Conference on.


Yacoob Y, Davis LS.  1993.  Early vision processing using a multi-stage diffusion process. 1993 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 1993. Proceedings CVPR '93.


Yacoob Y, Davis LS.  1992.  Ground and airborne localization over rough terrain using random environmental range-measurements. Pattern Recognition, 1992. Vol. I. Conference A: Computer Vision and Applications, Proceedings., 11th IAPR International Conference on.


Aloimonos Y, Davis LS, Rosenfeld A.  1988.  The Maryland approach to image understanding. Science Applications International Corp, Proceedings: Image Understanding Workshop,. 1