Ara Nefian is a Senior Scientist with the Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center and Carnegie Mellon University-Silicon Valley. Ara leads the Lunar Mapping and Modeling project at NASA Ames and is conducting research in 3D image modeling from planetary data. His general interest are in the area of computer vision, machine learning, image classification and retrieval and robotics. He co-authored more than 40 research papers and holds ten US and international patents.
In the past he was with Intel Research Labs in Santa Clara, CA involved in several research projects including face and gesture recognition, audio-visual speech processing, web image clustering and bioinformatics. In 2005 Ara was part of the computer vision group within the Stanford racing team (Stanley) that won the DARPA Autonomous Navigation Grand Challenge.
Ara holds a BS from Politehnica University Bucharest (1993) and a MSEE and PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology (1999).
Ara V. Nefian, PhD
Intelligent Systems Division
Ames Research Center
Mail Stop 269-1
Moffett Field, CA 94035