Phillip Isola

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About me

I am a postdoctoral scholar with Alyosha Efros in the EECS department at UC Berkeley. I recently completed my Ph.D. in Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT, under the supervision of Ted Adelson, where I also frequently worked with Aude Oliva. I received my undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Yale, where I got my start on research working with Brian Scholl.

I study why we represent the visual world the way we do, and how we can replicate these abilities in machines.


I recently co-organized the 10th Perceptual Organization for Computer Vision Workshop at CVPR 2016. Extended abstracts and talk slides are available on the website.


Zhu, J.Y.*, Park, T.*, Isola, P., Efros, A.A.
Unpaired Image-to-Image Translation using Cycle-Consistent Adversarial Networks
arXiv 2017.
Zhang, R.*, Zhu, J.Y.*, Isola, P., Geng, X., Lin, A.S., Yu, T., Efros, A.A.
Real-Time User-Guided Image Colorization with Learned Deep Priors
Nair, A., Agrawal, P., Chen, D., Isola, P., Abbeel, P., Malik, J., Levine, S.
Combining Self-Supervised Learning and Imitation for Vision-Based Rope Manipulation
ICRA 2017.
Isola, P., Zhu, J.Y., Zhou, T., Efros, A.A.
Image-to-Image Translation with Conditional Adversarial Networks
CVPR, 2017.
Zhang, R., Isola, P., Efros, A.A.
Split-Brain Autoencoders: Unsupervised Learning by Cross-Channel Prediction
CVPR, 2017.
Zhang, R., Isola, P., Efros, A.A.
Colorful Image Colorization
European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2016 (oral).
Owens, A., Isola, P., McDermott, J., Torralba, A., Adelson, E.H., Freeman, W.T.
Visually Indicated Sounds
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2016 (oral).
[Paper][Website][Video][Dataset (50GB)]
Isola, P., Zoran, D., Krishnan, K., Adelson, E.H.
Learning Visual Groups From Co-occurrences in Space and Time
International Conference on Learning Representations, Workshop paper, 2016
Zoran, D., Isola, P., Krishnan, K., Freeman, W.T.
Learning Ordinal Relationships for Mid-Level Vision
International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2015.
Isola, P.*, Lim, J. J.*, Adelson, E. H.
Discovering States and Transformations in Image Collections
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2015 (oral).
Bylinskii, Z., Isola, P., Bainbridge, C., Torralba, A., Oliva, A.
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Effects on Image Memorability
Vision Research, 2015.
Zhang, Z., Isola, P., Adelson, E. H.
Sparkle Vision: Seeing the World through Random Specular Microfacets
4th IEEE International Workshop on Computational Cameras and Displays, 2015.
Isola, P., Zoran, D., Krishnan, D., Adelson, E. H.
Crisp Boundary Detection Using Pointwise Mutual Information
European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2014 (oral).
Isola, P. and Liu, C.
Scene Collaging: Analysis and Synthesis of Natural Images with Semantic Layers.
International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2013.
Isola, P., Xiao, J., Parikh, D., Torralba, A., Oliva, A.
What Makes a Photograph Memorable?
Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI), 2013.
Borkin, M., Vo, A., Bylinskii, Z., Isola, P., Sunkavalli, S., Oliva, A., Pfister, H.
What Makes a Visualization Memorable?
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Infovis), 2013.
Bainbridge, W. A., Isola, P., Oliva, A.
The Intrinsic Memorability of Face Images.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 2013.
Oliva, A., Isola, P., Khosla, A., Bainbridge, W.A.
What makes a picture memorable?
SPIE Newsroom Article, 2013.
Khosla, A.*, Xiao, J.*, Isola, P., Torralba, A., Oliva, A.
Image Memorability and Visual Inception.
SIGGRAPH Asia Technical Briefs (Invited Paper), 2012.
Cole, F., Isola, P., Freeman, W. T., Durand, F., Adelson, E. H.
Shapecollage: Occlusion-aware, example-based shape interpretation.
European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2012.
Bainbridge, W. A.*, Isola, P.*, Blank, I., Oliva, A.
Establishing a database for studying human face photograph memorability.
Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Cognitive Sciences Society, 2012.
Isola, P., Parikh, D., Torralba, A., Oliva, A.
Understanding the intrinsic memorability of images.
Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), 2011.
Isola, P., Xiao, J., Torralba, A., Oliva, A.
What makes an image memorable?
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2011.
Turk-Browne, N. B., Isola, P. J., Scholl, B. J., Treat, T. A.
Multidimensional visual statistical learning.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 2008.