Octavia Camps

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


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  • 322 Dana Research Center
  • 617.373.3010

Research Focus

Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing


Octavia I. Camps received the B.S. degree in computer science and the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad de la Republica (Montevideo, Uruguay), and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Washington.She is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University. From 1991 to 2006 she was a faculty member at the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. In 2000, she was a visiting faculty at the California Institute of Technology and at the University of Southern California. Her current research interests include robust computer vision, image processing, and machine learning.


  • PhD, University of Washington, 1992.

Research Overview

Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing

Selected Research Projects

Selected Publications

  • W. Liu, R. Li, M. Zheng, S. Karanam, Z. Wu, B. Bhanu, R.J. Radke, O. Camps, Towards Visually Explaining Variational Auto Encoders, IEEE/CVF Conf. On Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), June 2020
  • S. Karanam, M. Gou, Z. Wu, A. Rates-Borras, O.I. Camps, R.J. Radke, A Systematic Evaluation and Benchmark for Person Re-Identification: Features, Metrics and Datasets, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 41(3), 2019, 523-536
  • L. Wenqian, A. Sharma, O.I. Camps, M. Sznaier, DYAN: A Dynamical Atoms-Based Network For Video Prediction, Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2018, 170-185
  • M. Gou, F. Xiong, O.I. Camps, M. Sznaier, MoNet: Moments Embedding Network, In Proceedings 2018 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recog. (CVPR), Salt Lake City, Utah, 2018
  • M. Sznaier, O.I. Camps, SoS-RSC: A Sum-of-Squares Polynomial Approach to Robustifying Subspace Clustering Algorithms, In Proceedings 2018 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recog. (CVPR), Salt Lake City, Utah, 2018


May 20, 2024

ECE Professors Honored Among Leading Women in Visual Tech and AI

ECE Professor Octavia Camps and ECE Associate Professor Sarah Ostadabbas were recognized by LDV Capital as two of the 120+ Women Spearheading Advances in Visual Tech and AI, which highlights contributions of women in fields such as machine vision, pattern recognition, and generative models.

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Oct 01, 2021

PhD Spotlight: Michael Stahl, PhD’21 – Bioengineering

Advised by Octavia Camps, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering After earning his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Boston University, Michael Stahl joined Northeastern University’s College of Engineering to pursue his master’s in computer engineering with a concentration in digital signal processing. As a master’s student, he studied the effectiveness of a psychophysical procedure […]

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Jul 02, 2021

Team Led by Sznaier Awarded $7.5M by DoD for Control and Learning Enabled Verifiably Robust AI

Mario Sznaier, Dennis Picard Trustee Professor, electrical and computer engineering (ECE), is leading a multi-university team that was awarded a $7.5 million, five-year grant from the Department of Defense (DoD).

Mario Sznaier and Octavia Camps


Sep 09, 2020

Creating Safe Learning-Enabled Cyber-Physical Systems

ECE Professors Mario Sznaier and Octavia Camps were awarded an $880K NSF grant for “Safe Learning-Enabled Cyberphysical Systems.”


Sep 05, 2018

Professor Camps Awarded Best Paper from 2018 ICDSC Conference

ECE Professor Octavia Camps and her collaborators were awarded the  Best Paper Award at the 2018 International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The paper, titled "Correlating Belongings with Passengers in a Simulated Airport Security Checkpoint," is co-authored by  Ashraful Islam, Yuexi Zhang, Dong Yin, Octavia Camps and Richard Radke. The research for […]


Aug 30, 2018

Creating Personalized Behavior Monitoring Systems

ECE Professors Octavia Camps and Mario Sznaier, in collaboration with Constantino Lagoa and David Conroy from Pennsylvania State University, were awarded a $500K NSF grant for "Data Driven Control of Switched Systems with Applications to Human Behavioral Modification". Abstract Source: NSF Dramatically increasing health care costs threaten the nation's economy. Over 80% of those costs are […]


Jul 31, 2018

Neural Network Modules for Computer Vision Systems

ECE Professors Octavia Camps and Mario Sznaier were awarded a $500K NSF grant for "Dynamic and Statistical Based Invariants on Manifolds for Video Analysis." Abstract Source: NSF Computer vision systems can benefit society in many ways. For example, spatially distributed vision sensors endowed with activity analysis capabilities can prevent crime, help optimize resource use in […]


May 01, 2018

Faculty and Staff Awards 2018

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2017-2018 academic school year.

Apr 28, 2017

The Future of Airport Security

ALERT researchers Carey Rappaport, Jose Martinez-Lorenzo, & Octavia Camps are developing cutting-edge technology that can detect suspicious behavior at airports.


Apr 03, 2017

ISEC Grand Opening Marks a New Era of Discovery

The grand opening ceremony for the new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex took place on April 3, 2017.

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