Guillermo Sapiro

Guillermo Sapiro
  • James B. Duke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professor of Computer Science (Secondary)
  • Professor of Mathematics (Secondary)
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Internal office address: Campus Box 90984, 140 Science Drive - 325 Gross Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Office Hours: 

By appointment. Contact via e-mail.

Guillermo Sapiro received his B.Sc. (summa cum laude), M.Sc., and Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in 1989, 1991, and 1993 respectively. After post-doctoral research at MIT, Dr. Sapiro became Member of Technical Staff at the research facilities of HP Labs in Palo Alto, California. He was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, where he held the position of Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Vincentine Hermes-Luh Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Currently he is the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Professor with Duke University.

G. Sapiro works on theory and applications in computer vision, computer graphics, medical imaging, image analysis, and machine learning. He has authored and co-authored over 300 papers in these areas and has written a book published by Cambridge University Press, January 2001.

G. Sapiro was awarded the Gutwirth Scholarship for Special Excellence in Graduate Studies in 1991,  the Ollendorff Fellowship for Excellence in Vision and Image Understanding Work in 1992,  the Rothschild Fellowship for Post-Doctoral Studies in 1993, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 1998,  the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) in 1998, the National Science Foundation Career Award in 1999, and the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship in 2010. He received the test of time award at ICCV 2011. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on 2018.

G. Sapiro is a Fellow of IEEE and SIAM.

G. Sapiro was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences.

Education & Training
  • D.Sc., Israel Institute of Technology 1993

Selected Grants

Novel see and treat strategies for cervical cancer prevention in low-resource settings awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2024

Learning and Privacy in a Closed Environment awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2021

The Foundations of Dynamic Drone-based Threat Detection awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020

CIF: AF: Small: Foundations of Multimodal Information Integration awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020

GitPaper: A Networked Model of Scientific Review and Dissemination awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020

REU Site for Meeting the Grand Challenges in Engineering awarded by National Science Foundation (Mentor). 2017 to 2020

Network Inference and Analysis of Big Dynamic Data awarded by National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2020

Modeling, Computations, and Applications in Multimodal Information Integration awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

Multimodal Subspace Learning and Modeling of Complex Systems awarded by Army Research Laboratory (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019


Pokrass, J, Bronstein, AM, Bronstein, MM, Sprechmann, P, and Sapiro, G. "Sparse models for intrinsic shape correspondence." Mathematics and Visualization. January 1, 2016. 211-230. Full Text

Pisharady, PK, Duarte-Carvajalino, JM, Sotiropoulos, SN, Sapiro, G, and Lenglet, C. "Sparse Bayesian Inference of White Matter Fiber Orientations from Compressed Multi-resolution Diffusion MRI." October 2015. 117-124. Full Text

Aganj, I, Sapiro, G, and Harel, N. "Q-Space Modeling in Diffusion-Weighted MRI." Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference. February 14, 2015. 257-263. Full Text

Sprechmann, P, Bronstein, AM, and Sapiro, G. "Supervised non-negative matrix factorization for audio source separation." Applied and Numerical Harmonic Analysis. January 1, 2015. 407-420. Full Text

Mémoli, F, and Sapiro, G. "Computing with point cloud data." Modeling and Simulation in Science, Engineering and Technology. January 1, 2006. 201-229. Full Text

Campbell, K, Carpenter, KL, Hashemi, J, Espinosa, S, Marsan, S, Borg, JS, Chang, Z, Qiu, Q, Vermeer, S, Adler, E, Tepper, M, Egger, HL, Baker, JP, Sapiro, G, and Dawson, G. "Computer vision analysis captures atypical attention in toddlers with autism." Autism : the International Journal of Research and Practice 23.3 (April 2019): 619-628. Full Text

Shamir, RR, Duchin, Y, Kim, J, Patriat, R, Marmor, O, Bergman, H, Vitek, JL, Sapiro, G, Bick, A, Eliahou, R, Eitan, R, Israel, Z, and Harel, N. "Microelectrode Recordings Validate the Clinical Visualization of Subthalamic-Nucleus Based on 7T Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Machine Learning for Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery." Neurosurgery 84.3 (March 2019): 749-757. Full Text

Kim, J, Duchin, Y, Shamir, RR, Patriat, R, Vitek, J, Harel, N, and Sapiro, G. "Automatic localization of the subthalamic nucleus on patient-specific clinical MRI by incorporating 7 T MRI and machine learning: Application in deep brain stimulation." Human Brain Mapping 40.2 (February 2019): 679-698. Full Text

Bovery, MDMJ, Dawson, G, Hashemi, J, and Sapiro, G. "A Scalable Off-the-Shelf Framework for Measuring Patterns of Attention in Young Children and its Application in Autism Spectrum Disorder." Ieee Transactions on Affective Computing (2019): 1-1. Full Text

Zhu, W, Qiu, Q, Huang, J, Calderbank, R, Sapiro, G, and Daubechies, I. "LDMNet: Low Dimensional Manifold Regularized Neural Networks." Proceedings of the Ieee Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (December 14, 2018): 2743-2751. Full Text

Lezama, J, Qiu, Q, Musé, P, and Sapiro, G. "OLE: Orthogonal Low-rank Embedding, A Plug and Play Geometric Loss for Deep Learning." Proceedings of the Ieee Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (December 14, 2018): 8109-8118. Full Text

Dawson, G, Campbell, K, Hashemi, J, Lippmann, SJ, Smith, V, Carpenter, K, Egger, H, Espinosa, S, Vermeer, S, Baker, J, and Sapiro, G. "Atypical postural control can be detected via computer vision analysis in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder." Scientific Reports 8.1 (November 19, 2018): 17008-null. Full Text

Aguerrebere, C, Delbracio, M, Bartesaghi, A, and Sapiro, G. "A Practical Guide to Multi-Image Alignment." Icassp, Ieee International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing Proceedings 2018-April (September 10, 2018): 1927-1931. Full Text

Hashemi, J, Dawson, G, Carpenter, KLH, Campbell, K, Qiu, Q, Espinosa, S, Marsan, S, Baker, JP, Egger, HL, and Sapiro, G. "Computer Vision Analysis for Quantification of Autism Risk Behaviors(Accepted)." Ieee Transactions on Affective Computing (August 31, 2018). Full Text


Ahn, HK, Qiu, Q, Bosch, E, Thompson, A, Robles, FE, Sapiro, G, Warren, WS, and Calderbank, R. "Classifying Pump-Probe Images of Melanocytic Lesions Using the WEYL Transform." September 10, 2018. Full Text

Giryes, R, Eldar, YC, Bronstein, AM, and Sapiro, G. "The Learned Inexact Project Gradient Descent Algorithm." September 10, 2018. Full Text

Sokolić, J, Qiu, Q, Rodrigues, MRD, and Sapiro, G. "Learning to identify while failing to discriminate." January 19, 2018. Full Text

Asiedu, MN, Simhal, A, Lam, CT, Mueller, J, Chaudhary, U, Schmitt, JW, Sapiro, G, and Ramanujam, N. "Image processing and machine learning techniques to automate diagnosis of Lugol's iodine cervigrams for a low-cost point-of-care digital colposcope." January 1, 2018. Full Text

Su, S, Delbracio, M, Wang, J, Sapiro, G, Heidrich, W, and Wang, O. "Deep video deblurring for hand-held cameras." November 6, 2017. Full Text

Sokolić, J, Giryes, R, Sapiro, G, and Rodrigues, MRD. "Generalization error of deep neural networks: Role of classification margin and data structure." September 1, 2017. Full Text

Chen, J, Chang, Z, Qiu, Q, Li, X, Sapiro, G, Bronstein, A, and Pietikäinen, M. "RealSense = real heart rate: Illumination invariant heart rate estimation from videos." January 17, 2017. Full Text


The Lives of Things. Consultant. (2015)


The Nasher Museum has one of the most important collections of medieval art in an American university. These objects are mounted against the white walls of the Nasher Museum with short labels by way of identification. Yet how many of the visitors to the museum understand that these objects were once brightly painted, and once part of full-length figures that enriched the doorways and facades of medieval churches - that they were integrated into much larger decorative programs? The Lives of Things is a collaboration between Engineering and Art, Art History and Visual Studies. Computer scientists and engineers work with artists and art historians, using programming and graphical user interface design for artistic and historical contextualization with augmented reality and interactive capabilities. This eclectic blend of knowledges and capabilities brings new possibilities for interdisciplinary teamwork of broad impact and for horizontal knowledge transmission. Our goal is to use emerging technologies for developing a new model of the engaged museum that reaches out to involve the public of all ages in reconnecting works of art to their original context (e.g., chapels, church portals, or facades) through interactive and gaming displays. Our first installation is now part of the Nasher permanent collection. This is a collaboration with Dr. Tepper (engineering leader), Prof. Olson (art history leader) and Prof. Bruzelius.