Octavia Camps

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


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  • 322 Dana Research Center
  • 617.373.4663

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.

Selected Publications

  • O. Camps, M. Gou, T. Hebble, S. Karanam, O. Lehmann, Y. Li, R. Radke, Z. Wu, F. Xiong, From the Lab to the Real World: Re-Identification in an Airport Camera Network, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, 27(3), 2017, 540-553
  • M. Gou, S. Karanam, W. Liu, O. Camps, R.J. Radke, A Large-Scale Multi-Camera Person Re-Identification Dataset, Workshop on Target Re-Identification and Multi-Target Camera Tracking in Conjunction with Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2017
  • X. Zhang, Y. Wang, M. Sznaier, O. Camps, Efficient Temporal Sequence Comparison and Classification Using Gram Matrix Embeddings on a Riemannian Manifold, IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2016, 4498-4507
  • Y. Wang, O. Camps, M. Sznaier, B. Roig Solvas, Jensen Bregman LogDet Divergence Optimal Filtering in the Manifold of Positive Definite Matrices, 9911, 2016, 221-235
  • M. Gou, X. Zhang, A. Rates-Borras, S. Asghari-Esfeden, O. Camps, M. Sznaier, Person Re-Identification in Appearance Imparied Scenarios, British Machine Vision Conference, 2016
  • C. Dicle, B. Yilmaz, O. Camps, M. Sznaier, Solving Temporal Puzzles, IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2016, 5896-5905
  • Y. Cheng, Y. Wang, M. Sznaier, O. Camps, Subspace Clustering with Priors via Sparse Quadratically Constrained Quadratic Programming, IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2016, 5204-5212


Sep 09, 2020

Creating Safe Learning-Enabled Cyberphysical 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.

Jul 28, 2016

$2.5M NSF grant for Critical Infrastructure Resilience

ECE professors Mario Sznaier, Octavia Camps, Ali Abur, & Edmund Yeh, MIE assistant professor Jacqueline Griffin, CEE professor Jerome Hajjar, COS professor Lisa Feldman Barrett, CCIS professor Stacy Marsella, and Kostas director Peter Boynton were awarded a $2.5M NSF grant for the “Identification and Control of Uncertain, Highly Interdependent Processes Involving Humans with Applications to […]

Apr 28, 2016

Improving Airport Security

ALERT's Carey Rappaport, Jose Martinez Lorenzo, and Octavia Camps each explain the research they are conducting to make airport security checkpoints safer.

May 10, 2015

ECE Professor Octavia Camps' Airport Security Research Featured In NYTimes

ECE Professor Octavia Camps' work on video surveillance and airport security programs has been featured in a recent New York Times article, titled "Airport Security Advances Clash With Privacy Issues."


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