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Gonzalo Vaca-Castano

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EDUCATION      Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Computer Vision)                            GPA:4.0 (4.0 scale)

                        University of Central Florida.

                        Expected graduation: Aug 2015


                        M.S. Electrical Engineering (Signal Processing)                               GPA: 3.8 (4.0 scale)

                        University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez, PR.  2010

                        Thesis: A Framework for Anuran Monitoring, Species Classification and           

                        Bioacoustical Studies.


B.S. (Hons) Electronic Engineering                                             GPA 4.07 (5.0 scale)

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Cali - Colombia . 2003

Thesis: Web-based learning system applied to control systems.



Sighthound                  Summer 2015-Now

Computer Vision Research Intern.

Bosch Research and Technology Center North America                   Summer 2014

Computer Vision Research Intern.

University of Central Florida - Research/Teaching Assistant          Aug 2010- May 2014

                        University of Puerto Rico- Research Assistant                         Jun 2008 - Jun 2010

                        Research & Development Engineer                                           Jun  2005 – Dec 2007

                        Colombian Navy (DARET) – Cartagena, Colombia.

                        ASP.Net Web developer                                                       Sep 2003 -  Jun 2005

                        Freelance (2005) -  Illustrato tecnologias de la información (2003-2004)




"Semantic Image Search from Multiple Query Images". Gonzalo Vaca-Castano and Mubarak Shah. ACM Multimedia Conference, 2015.


"Improving Egocentric Vision of Daily Activities". Gonzalo Vaca-Castano, Samarjit Das, and Joao P Sousa. IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP), 2015.


"City Scale Geo-spatial Trajectory Estimation of a Moving Camera". Gonzalo Vaca-Castano, Amir Roshan Zamir and Mubarak Shah. IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition(CVPR), 2012.


"Using syllabic Mel cepstrum features and k-nearest neighbors to identify anurans and birds species". Gonzalo Vaca-Castano, Domingo Rodriguez. IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems (SIPS), 2010.


"A Framework for Bioacoustical Species Classification in a Versatile Service-Oriented Wireless Mesh Network". Gonzalo Vaca-Castano, Domingo Rodriguez, Julio Castillo, Kejie Lu, Alejandro     Rios, Fernando Bird. 18th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO-2010).


OTHER              B.S. Physics

STUDIES           Universidad del Valle. Cali-Colombia

                        1995 – 1999

SKILLS              - C++ ,  C .

                        - Python & Linux Shell scripting.

                        - Computer Vision Libraries (OpenCV, Caffe)

                        - Knowledge in development of web applications (php, ASP .Net, python).

                        - Spanish (native language) 



HONORS          Daniel D. Hammond Engineering Endowed Scholarship. University of central Florida. 2015-2016


Graduate Research Excellence Fellowship. University of Central Florida. 2014-2015


Elizabeth S. Lampp Trust and Estate Endowed scholarship fund. University of Central Florida 2012


                        Academic and Human Excellence Honor Mention. 2003

                        BS Degree ceremony. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali , Colombia.


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