James M. Rehg (pronounced “ray”) is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is Director of the Center for Behavioral Imaging, co-Director of the Center for Computational Health, and co-Director of the Computational Perception Lab. He received his Ph.D. from CMU in 1995 and worked at the Cambridge Research Lab of DEC (and then Compaq) from 1995-2001, where he managed the computer vision research group. He received an NSF CAREER award in 2001 and a Raytheon Faculty Fellowship from Georgia Tech in 2005. He and his students have received a number of best paper awards, including best student paper awards at ICML 2005, BMVC 2010, Mobihealth 2014, Face and Gesture 2015, and a Method of the Year award from the journal Nature Methods. Dr. Rehg serves on the Editorial Board of the Intl. J. of Computer Vision, and he served as the General co-Chair for CVPR 2009 and is serving as the Program co-Chair for CVPR 2017 (Puerto Rico). He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers and holds 23 issued US patents. Dr. Rehg’s research interests include computer vision, machine learning, behavioral imaging, and mobile health (mHealth). He is the Deputy Director of the NIH Center of Excellence on Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), which is developing novel on-body sensing and predictive analytics for improving health outcomes. Dr. Rehg is also leading a multi-institution effort, funded by an NSF Expedition award, to develop the science and technology of Behavioral Imaging— the capture and analysis of social and communicative behavior using multi-modal sensing, to support the study and treatment of developmental disorders such as autism.



  • present2015


    Center for Computational Health, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • present2014

    Deputy Director

    NIH Center of Excellence in Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K)

  • present2010


    Center for Behavioral Imaging,
    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • present2010


    School of Interactive Computing,
    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • present2008

    Associate Director of Research

    Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines,
    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • present2001


    Computational Perception Laboratory,
    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • 20102001

    Associate Professor

    College of Computing,
    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • 20011996

    Project Leader Computer Vision

    Cambridge Research Laboratory,
    Compaq Computer Corporation, Cambridge, MA

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 1995

    Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Carnegie Mellon University
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA

  • M.S. 1988

    Master in Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Carnegie Mellon University
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA

  • B.S. 1986

    Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    Blacksburg, VA, USA

Honors and Awards

  • 2011
    Senior Faculty Distinguished Research Award
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2010
    Best Student Paper Prize, British Machine Vision Conference
    Co-recipient, with D. Tsai and M. Flagg.

    Conference Presentation Video

    Aberystwyth, UK

  • 2005
    Raytheon Research Fellowship

    Georgia Institute of Technology

  • 2005
    Distinguished Student Paper Award, International Conference on Machine Learning
    Co-recipient, with Y. Jing and V. Pavlovic.

    Bonn, Germany.

  • 2001
    CAREER Award, National Science Foundation

  • 1997
    Inventor Recognition Award, Digital Equipment Corporation

  • 1990-1994
    GSRP Research Fellowship, NASA

  • 1988-1990
    General Electric Award, Carnegie Mellon University

Major Grants

  • Sept. 2011
    Understanding Social Behaviors
    Sponsor: Intel Science and Technology Center on Pervasive Computing
    Investigator(s): J. M. Rehg (PI)
  • Sept. 2011
    Resource-Aware Scene Analysis
    Sponsor: Intel Science and Technology Center on Embedded Computing
    Investigator(s): J. M. Rehg (PI)
  • Sept. 2010
    Temporal Causality for Video Event Analysis
    Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Robust Intelligence Program, Small Proposal
    Investigator(s): J. M. Rehg (PI)
  • Aug. 2010
    Behavior Imaging: Enabling a Quantitative Science of Behavior through Computational Sensing
    Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Expeditions in Computing Program
    Investigator(s): J. M. Rehg (PI), G. Abowd, M. Clements (ECE), M. Goodwin (MIT), R. Picard (MIT), R. El-Kaliouby (MIT), T. Kanade (CMU), A. Dey (CMU), D. Forsyth (UIUC), K. Karahalios (UIUC), S. Narayanan (USC), S. Lee (USC), S. Sclaroff (BU)

    More information at the Computational Behavioral Science website.