Unnat Jain


PhD Computer Science, 2018-Present
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

I am a PhD student in Computer Science (2018-) at UIUC. Previously, I completed my MS in Computer Science at UIUC. I did my undergraduation at IIT Kanpur in India and did my schooling from St. James' School in Kolkata. What I am is because of wonderful guides and teachers at these instituitions and at home.

During my MS, I was guided by Alex Schwing and Svetlana Lazebnik. At IIT Kanpur my work was advised by Vinay Namboodiri. I spent an undergraduate summer at UMass Amherst where working with Erik Learned-Miller and mentored by Subhransu Maji, I stepped into the wonderful field of Computer Vision and ML. I am excited about Robotics application of ML and explored it further via a summer'17 at Uber's Self Driving Initiative at Pittsburgh. Guided by David Forsyth I also worked to implement YOLO @ UIUC campus and later built a safety braking system by integrating YOLO with ROS.

My research interests are in the field of Computer Vision and Machine Learning. Currently, I am working on aspects of visual navigation in simulated environments. In my master's thesis, I worked on fusing generative and language models to solve creative language-vision tasks.

Publications

11/17 Unnat Jain, Svetlana Lazebnik, Alexander Schwing, "Two can play this Game: Visual Dialog with Discriminative Question Generation and Answering",
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2018 [Accepted][pdf]

07/17 Unnat Jain*, Ziyu Zhang*, Alexander Schwing, "Creativity: Generating Diverse Questions using Variational Autoencoders",
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017 [Accepted as spotlight] [pdf][Spotlight video]

05/17 Unnat Jain, Vinay Namboodiri, Gaurav Pandey. "Compact Environment-Invariant Codes for Robust Visual Place Recognition",
Conference on Computer and Robot Vision, CRV 2017 [pdf]

Resume

[pdf]

Updates

05/18 Summer at Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Seattle.
04/18 Accepted UIUC's Ph.D. offer. Will begin Fall'18!
02/18 CVPR'18 paper with Alex and Lana got accepted!
11/17 Made a submission to CVPR'18 with Alex and Lana.
09/17 Received Siebel Scholar Award 2017 by Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation [Press release]
08/17 Summer at Uber Advanced Technologies Group, Pittsburgh.
05/17 Received Student Volunteer Award from CVF and Conference Travel Grant from UIUC for CVPR 2017.
03/17 Paper accepted at Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV) 2017 based on IIT Kanpur's thesis.
01/17 Paper accepted at CVPR 2017 as spotlight presentation!
07/16 Received Director's Gold Medal and Cadence Gold Medal from IIT Kanpur for best all-rounder and best thesis, respectively.

Email

uj2 [at] illinois [dot] edu ; unnatjain [at] gmail [dot] com