Towaki Takikawa

I am an incoming Computer Science PhD student at the University of Toronto, supervised by Sanja Fidler and Alec Jacobson.

I also work at NVIDIA Research on the New Experiences Research group under Morgan McGuire.

My research interests focus on computer vision and computer graphics. Specifically, I'm interested in exploring a suitable representation for 3D geometry that is amenable to machine-learning driven geometry processing algorithms.

Outside of research, I also have experience working on both software and hardware for robotics related projects. I generally enjoy straddling the line between research and engineering.

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Email:
ttakikaw-at-edu-dot-uwaterloo-dot-ca
tovacinni-at-at-gmail-dot-com

Education

University of Toronto
Department of Computer Science
PhD Student
Computer Science
September 2020 -
Supervisors: Sanja Fidler and Alec Jacobson

University of Waterloo
Faculty of Mathematics
Bachelor of Mathematics
Major in Computer Science
Graduation: May, 2020

Publications

(* Denotes equal contribution.)

Gated-SCNN: Gated Shape CNNs for Semantic Segmentation
Towaki Takikawa*, David Acuna*, Varun Jampani, Sanja Fidler
International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019
Abstract / Bibtex / Project Website

Experience
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NVIDIA
Research Intern
United States / Canada
February, 2020 - Present

Mentor: Morgan McGuire
Research on machine learning for computer graphics on the New Experiences Research group.

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WATonomous
Software Director / Mentor
Waterloo, ON, Canada
May, 2017 - May, 2020

Helping the team engineer a fully autonomous Cheverolet Bolt.
Certified by GM as a designated test driver.
Working across the pipeline on perception, prediction, localization, planning.
Managing over 100+ students and 6 different software subteams.

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Preferred Networks
Research Intern
Tokyo, Japan
May, 2019 - August, 2019

Mentor: Richard Calland, Tommi Kerola
Research on weakly-supervised instance segmentation.

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NVIDIA
Research Intern
Toronto, ON, Canada
January, 2019 - April, 2019

Mentor: David Acuna, Sanja Fidler
Research on representation learning for semantic segmentation.

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University of Waterloo
Research Assistant
Waterloo, ON, Canada
September, 2018 - May, 2020

Mentor: Yuri Boykov
Research on weakly-supervised semantic segmentation and domain adaptation.

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NVIDIA
Systems Software Engineering Intern
Santa Clara, CA, USA
May, 2018 - August, 2018

Worked in the autonomous vehicles engineering team.
Developed data labeling and data recording systems in C / C++.
Performed hardware verification and validation in the lab.
Helped architect a hardware-based sensor synchronization system.

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Tulip Interfaces
Software Engineering Intern
Somerville, MA, USA
May, 2017 - August, 2017

Worked on software infrastructure and internal tools.

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Active911
Software Engineering Intern
Philomath, OR, USA
June, 2016 - August, 2016

Worked on software infrastructure and backend development.

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Linn Benton Community College
Software Engineering Intern
Corvallis, OR, USA
June, 2015 - August, 2015

Worked on curriculum development for an introductory CS course.

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Oregon State University
Research Intern
Corvallis, OR, USA
June, 2014 - August, 2014

Mentor: Alex Groce
Research in automated software verification and validation.

Portofolio
Retrowave GLSL
Tweet GLSL Demo
WATonomous
Self-driving in 3 years
Cool Pen
Lathed from aluminum
Crystal Mayhem
Scholastic Gold Key Award
Peace Walker
FRC 2016
Custom Gearbox
6 CIM Anodized
Quaternion Blast
CodeDay Portland 2015
Elevator Bot
FRC 2015/PNW Champs
Zipper
FRC 2014
Frisber
FRC 2013
Art (?)
Puppet

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