Guillermo Sapiro

Guillermo Sapiro
  • James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professor of Mathematics (Secondary)
  • Professor of Computer Science (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 (Israel) 1993

Selected Grants

Collaborative Reseach: Transferable, Hierarchical, Expressive, Optimal, Robust, Interpretable NETworks (THEORINET) awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2025

Point-of-care cellular and molecular pathology of breast tumors on a cell phone awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2020 to 2025

Learning and Explaining Information Dynamics from Overhead Imagery awarded by National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2024

Novel Approaches to Infant Screening for ASD in Pediatric Primary Care awarded by National Institutes of Health (PD/PI). 2019 to 2024

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 Utility-Preserving Private, Fair, and Invariant Representations awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2023

Scalable Computational Platform For Active Closed-Loop Behavioral Coding in Autism Spectrum Disorder awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2023

Fundamentals and Applications in Learned Information Representation awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2023

HDR TRIPODS: Innovations in Data Science: Integrating Stochastic Modeling, Data Representation, and Algorithms awarded by National Science Foundation (Senior Investigator). 2019 to 2022


Pokrass, J., et al. “Sparse models for intrinsic shape correspondence.” Mathematics and Visualization, 2016, pp. 211–30. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-24726-7_10. Full Text

Pisharady, Pramod Kumar, et al. Sparse Bayesian Inference of White Matter Fiber Orientations from Compressed Multi-resolution Diffusion MRI. Vol. 9349, 2015, pp. 117–24. Epmc, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-24553-9_15. Full Text

Aganj, I., et al. “Q-Space Modeling in Diffusion-Weighted MRI.” Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference, vol. 1, 2015, pp. 257–63. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-397025-1.00293-1. Full Text

Sprechmann, P., et al. “Supervised non-negative matrix factorization for audio source separation.” Applied and Numerical Harmonic Analysis, 2015, pp. 407–20. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-20188-7_16. Full Text

Mémoli, F., and G. Sapiro. “Computing with point cloud data.” Modeling and Simulation in Science, Engineering and Technology, 2006, pp. 201–29. Scopus, doi:10.1007/0-8176-4481-4_8. Full Text

Tenenbaum, Elena J., et al. “A Six-Minute Measure of Vocalizations in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder.Autism Res, vol. 13, no. 8, Aug. 2020, pp. 1373–82. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/aur.2293. Full Text Open Access Copy

Simhal, Anish K., et al. “Measuring robustness of brain networks in autism spectrum disorder with Ricci curvature.Sci Rep, vol. 10, no. 1, July 2020, p. 10819. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/s41598-020-67474-9. Full Text

Martino, J. Matias Di, et al. “Differential 3D Facial Recognition: Adding 3D to Your State-of-the-Art 2D Method.Ieee Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol. 42, no. 7, July 2020, pp. 1582–93. Epmc, doi:10.1109/tpami.2020.2986951. Full Text

Major, Samantha, et al. “Impact of a digital Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers-Revised on likelihood and age of autism diagnosis and referral for developmental evaluation.Autism, May 2020, p. 1362361320916656. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/1362361320916656. Full Text

Dawson, Geraldine, et al. “Author Correction: Atypical postural control can be detected via computer vision analysis in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder.Sci Rep, vol. 10, no. 1, Jan. 2020, p. 616. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/s41598-020-57570-1. Full Text

Giryes, R., et al. “Erratum: Deep neural networks with random Gaussian weights: A universal classification strategy? (IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2016) 64:13 (3444-3457) DOI: 10.1109/TSP.2016.2546221).” Ieee Transactions on Signal Processing, vol. 68, Jan. 2020, pp. 529–31. Scopus, doi:10.1109/TSP.2019.2961228. Full Text

Wang, Z., et al. “Range adaptation for 3d object detection in LiDAR.” Proceedings  2019 International Conference on Computer Vision Workshop, Iccvw 2019, Oct. 2019, pp. 2320–28. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ICCVW.2019.00285. Full Text

Chang, Z., et al. “Salgaze: Personalizing gaze estimation using visual saliency.” Proceedings  2019 International Conference on Computer Vision Workshop, Iccvw 2019, Oct. 2019, pp. 1169–78. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ICCVW.2019.00148. Full Text

Simhal, Anish K., et al. “Multifaceted Changes in Synaptic Composition and Astrocytic Involvement in a Mouse Model of Fragile X Syndrome.Scientific Reports, vol. 9, no. 1, Sept. 2019, p. 13855. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41598-019-50240-x. Full Text

Asiedu, Mercy Nyamewaa, et al. “Development of Algorithms for Automated Detection of Cervical Pre-Cancers With a Low-Cost, Point-of-Care, Pocket Colposcope.Ieee Trans Biomed Eng, vol. 66, no. 8, Aug. 2019, pp. 2306–18. Pubmed, doi:10.1109/TBME.2018.2887208. Full Text


Martinez, N., et al. “Non-Contact Photoplethysmogram and Instantaneous Heart Rate Estimation from Infrared Face Video.” Proceedings  International Conference on Image Processing, Icip, vol. 2019-September, 2019, pp. 2020–24. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ICIP.2019.8803109. Full Text

Cheng, X., et al. “RoTDCF: Decomposition of convolutional filters for rotation-equivariant deep networks.” 7th International Conference on Learning Representations, Iclr 2019, 2019.

Bertran, M., et al. “Adversarially learned representations for information obfuscation and inference.” 36th International Conference on Machine Learning, Icml 2019, vol. 2019-June, 2019, pp. 960–74.

Ahn, H. K., et al. “Classifying Pump-Probe Images of Melanocytic Lesions Using the WEYL Transform.” Icassp, Ieee International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing  Proceedings, vol. 2018-April, 2018, pp. 4209–13. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ICASSP.2018.8461298. Full Text

Giryes, R., et al. “The Learned Inexact Project Gradient Descent Algorithm.” Icassp, Ieee International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing  Proceedings, vol. 2018-April, 2018, pp. 6767–71. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ICASSP.2018.8462136. Full Text

Asiedu, M. N., et al. “Image processing and machine learning techniques to automate diagnosis of Lugol's iodine cervigrams for a low-cost point-of-care digital colposcope.” Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging  Proceedings of Spie, vol. 10485, 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.2282792. Full Text

Su, S., et al. “Deep video deblurring for hand-held cameras.” Proceedings  30th Ieee Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Cvpr 2017, vol. 2017-January, 2017, pp. 237–46. Scopus, doi:10.1109/CVPR.2017.33. Full Text

Tepper, M., and G. Sapiro. “Nonnegative matrix underapproximation for robust multiple model fitting.” Proceedings  30th Ieee Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Cvpr 2017, vol. 2017-January, 2017, pp. 655–63. Scopus, doi:10.1109/CVPR.2017.77. Full Text

Pisharady, Pramod Kumar, et al. “A Sparse Bayesian Learning Algorithm for White Matter Parameter Estimation from Compressed Multi-shell Diffusion MRI.Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention : Miccai ... International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, vol. 10433, 2017, pp. 602–10. Epmc, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-66182-7_69. Full Text

Sokolić, J., et al. “Generalization error of deep neural networks: Role of classification margin and data structure.” 2017 12th International Conference on Sampling Theory and Applications, Sampta 2017, 2017, pp. 147–51. Scopus, doi:10.1109/SAMPTA.2017.8024476. 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.