Kate Rakelly

I am a PhD student at UC Berkeley, where I am co-advised by Sergey Levine and Alyosha Efros as part of BAIR.

I did my undergrad also at UC Berkeley, where I worked with Shiry Ginosar and Alyosha Efros in computer vision as well as Insoon Yang and Claire Tomlin in control.

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My research interests lie at the intersection of visual recognition and robotics. I'm interested in designing visual recognition algorithms that are minimally supervised by human-generated labels, flexible enough to learn from a few or many examples, and effective in an online setting. Previously, I have worked on a method for semantic segmentation in video using dyanmic CNN architectures as well as domain adaptation for segmentation and detection models. In undergrad, I contributed to a project applying semi-supervised learning techniques to historical photographs to discover trends in fashion and hairstyle over the past century.

Clockwork Convnets for Video Semantic Segmentation
Evan Shelhamer*, Kate Rakelly*, Judy Hoffman*, Trevor Darrell
Video Semantic Segmentation Workshop at European Conference in Computer Vision (ECCV), 2016

We propose a video recognition framework that relies on two key observations: 1) while pixels may change rapidly from frame to frame, the semantic content of a scene evolves more slowly, and 2) execution can be viewed as an aspect of architecture, yielding purpose-fit computation schedules for networks. We define a novel family of "clockwork" convnets driven by fixed or adaptive clock signals that schedule the processing of different layers at different update rates according to their semantic stability.

A Century of Portraits: A Visual Historical Record of American High School Yearbooks
Shiry Ginosar, Kate Rakelly, Sarah Sachs, Brian Yin, Alyosha Efros
IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging, 2017
Extreme Imaging Workshop, International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2015
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Portrait Dating Code

What were the tell-tale fashions of the 1950s? Did everyone in the 70s really have long hair? In this age of selfies, is it true that we smile in photos more than we used to? And can a CNN pick up on all these trends to accurately date an old portrait? We address these questions and many others using data-driven semi-supervised learning techniques on a novel dataset of American high school yearbook photos from the past 100 years.


A collection of collateral damage from doing research that might be useful to others.

pytorch-maml - a PyTorch implementation of Model-Agnostic Meta Learning


CS70 - Summer 2014 (Teaching Assistant)

Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science covers proof techniques, modular arithmetic, polynomials, and probability.

EE40 - Summer 2013 (Teaching Assistant)

Introduction to Circuits covers analyzing, designing, and building electronic circuits using op amps and passive components. (Note this class along with EE20 have been replaced by the EE16A/B series as of Fall 2015.)

(this guy makes a nice wesbite)