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Faculty: Alireza Tavakkoli


 Alireza Tavakkoli

Director of Digital Gaming & Simulation Program
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

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Phone: 361-570-4204


Alireza Tavakkoli is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Houston-Victoria. He has a Ph.D. (2009) and a M.Sc. (2006) in Computer Science from the University of Nevada, Reno. He also received a M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in Electronics from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2004 and 2001, respectively.

Dr. Tavakkoli’s primary research interest is in Artificial Intelligence with an emphasis on Computer and Robotic Vision as well as AI for Computer Gaming. He has worked on object detection and tracking for video surveillance applications and action/intention recognition. In general He is interested in investigating the applications of basic imagery in conjunction with artificial intelligence tools to implement efficient communication frameworks for human-computer interaction for gaming purposes.

Selected Publications:

Book Chapters

  • A. Tavakkoli, "Novelty Detection: Approaches and Applications", to appear in Pattern Recognition, In-Tech, 2009.
  • R. Kelley, A. Tavakkoli, C. King, M. Nicolescu, M. Nicolescu, "Understanding Activities and Intentions for Human-Robot Interaction", to appear in Advances in Human-Robot Interaction, In-Tech, 2009.

Journal Publications



Conference Publications


  1. A. Tavakkoli, M. Nicolescu, M. Nicolescu, G. Bebis, "Efficient Background Modeling through Incremental Support Vector Data Description", in the proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, Tampa (FL), December 2008.
  2. F. Scalzo, G. Bebis, M. Nicolescu, L. Loss, A. Tavakkoli, "Feature Fusion Hierarchies for Gender Classification", to appear in the proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, Tampa (FL), December 2008.
  3. A. Tavakkoli, Richard Kelly, Christopher King, Mircea Nicolescu, Monica Nicolescu, George Bebis, "A Visual Tracking Framework for Intent Recognition in Videos", in proceedings of 4th International Symposium on Visual Computing, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 10 pages, December 2008.
  4. A. Tavakkoli, M. Nicolescu, M. Nicolescu, G. Bebis, "Incremental SVDD Training: Improving Efficiency of Background Modeling in Videos", in the proceedings of the 10th IASTED International Conference on Signal and Image Processing, Kona (HI), August 2008.
  5. R. Kelley, A. Tavakkoli, C. King, M. Nicolescu, M. Nicolescu, G. Bebis, "Understanding Human Intent via Hidden Markov Models in Autonomous Mobile Robots", in the proceedings of the 3rd ACME/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, Amsterdam (The Netherlands), March 2008.
  6. A. Tavakkoli, R. Kelley, C. King, M. Nicolescu, M. Nicolescu, G. Bebis, "A Vision-Based Approach for Intent Recognition", in the proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Visual Computing, pages 173-182, Lake Tahoe (NV/CA), November 2007.
  7. A. Tavakkoli, M. Nicolescu, G. Bebis, "A Novelty Detection Approach for Foreground Region Detection in Videos with Quasi-Stationary Backgrounds", in the proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Visual Computing, pages 40-49, Lake Tahoe (NV/CA), November 2006.
  8. A. Tavakkoli, M. Nicolescu, G. Bebis, "Robust Recursive Learning for Foreground Region Detection in Videos with Quasi-Stationary Backgrounds", in the proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, pages 315-318, Hong Kong, August 2006.
  9. A. Tavakkoli, M. Nicolescu, G. Bebis, "An Adaptive Recursive Learning Technique for Robust Foreground Object Detection", International Workshop on Statistical Methods in Multi-image and Video Processing (in conjunction with the European Conference on computer Vision), Graz (Austria), May 2006.
  10. A. Tavakkoli, G. Amayeh, S. Kasaei, "A Fast VOP Extraction Technique Based on Wavelet Transform and Watershed Segmentation", in the proceedings of the 12th Iranian Conference on Electrical Engineering, Mashhad (Iran), May 2004.