Anat Levin

2018 Israel Award Winner — Faculty

Anat Levin

Current Position:
Associate Professor, The Andrew & Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering

Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Computer Science

Recognized for: Providing mathematical understanding in and practical solutions to long-standing problems in computational photography and computer vision.

Areas of Research Interest and Expertise:  Computational Photography


BSc, Mathematics and Computer Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
MSc/PhD, Computer Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Advisor: Prof. Yair Weiss)
Postdoc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Advisor: Prof. William T. Freeman)
Senior Scientist/Assistant Professor and Associate Professor, The Weizmann Institute of Science

Professor Levin has made many innovative and ground-breaking contributions to the emerging field of computational photography, which arises from the understanding that incorporating computation into the design of imaging technologies leads to the development of novel imaging capabilities that overcome the inherent limits of traditional cameras. She seeks new practical solutions to long-standing real-world challenges, whilst attempting to study the mathematical foundations of such solutions. Much of her work is based on exploiting the statistics of natural scenes, to retrieve the lost information due to poor image processing. For example, she is known for her work on colorization of grayscale images, on the extraction of a foreground matting mask from an image, on improving the blurry images due to motion during processing or defocus of optical lenses, etc. Her recent work combining optical physics and computation has resulted in novel methods to measure the chemical decomposition of materials with an unprecedented level of accuracy, as well as creating new digital displays whose properties can be uniquely defined by the users. Professor Levin's research benefits all aspects of medical, digital, and entertainment industries as well as academic research where imaging systems are applied.

"My research focuses on computational photography—how to use computing, statistical and optics to better exploit images. For instance, I have recently looked at how light scatters and spreads in a material in order to accurately measure its chemical composition. This can be extended to evaluate pollution in the air, improve ultrasound imaging, or understand the geophysical structure of the earth layers. I have also developed new algorithms that can improve the sharpness and resolution of pictures that were taken by a shaky hand-held camera or with a bad focus.

I am deeply honored and quite excited with receiving this prestigious Blavatnik Award. Research is a team work and therefore I would like to use this opportunity to thank my students, advisors and colleagues to whom I am most indebted."

Key Publications:

  1. I. Gkioulekas, S. Zhao, K. Bala, T. Zickler, A. Levin. Inverse Volume Rendering with Material Dictionaries. SIGGRAPH Asia, ACM Transactions on Graphics, 2013.
  2. A. Levin, P. Sand, T. S. Cho, F. Durand, W. T. Freeman. Motion-Invariant Photography. SIGGRAPH, ACM Transactions on Graphics, 2008.
  3. A. Levin D. Lischinski, Y. Weiss. A Closed Form Solution to Natural Image Matting. IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2006.
  4. A. Levin D. Lischinski, Y. Weiss. Colorization using Optimization. SIGGRAPH, ACM Transactions on Graphics, 2004.

Other Honors

2015M. Bruno Memorial Award from the Rothschild Foundation
2013PAMI Young Researcher Award. Given at IEEE CVPR to outstanding computer vision researchers
2013Krill Prize, Wolf Foundation
2010Eurographics Young Researcher Award
2009Pazy Memorial Award, 2009. Most outstanding BSF supported project in mathematics and computer science
2009TR35 Young Innovator Award, MIT’s Technology Review. Recognizing exciting inventions and research by innovators under the age of 35
2009Alon Fellowship, Israel Council for Higher Education
2008AI’s 10 to Watch. 10 top young researchers selected by the IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine
2007The Sara Lee Schupf Post-Doctoral Award, Weizmann Institute


In the Media:

New Movie Screen Allows For Glasses-Free 3-D, Eurasia Review, July 26, 2016

The Future of Photography, New Scientist, September 16, 2008

Innovators Under 35, Technology Review, 2009