Jacob Chakareski is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama. His long-term vision is enabling ubiquitous networked immersion and virtual human teleportation to any remote corner of the world to assist humanity with societal challenges (see Figure). He facilitates the emerging technologies of networked drones, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), and volumetric 360° video in pursuit of these objectives. He explores holistically the four major system aspects of such future networked VR/AR applications for immersive communication: capture, coding, networking, and reconstruction/user-interaction. His investigations include techniques from communications and networking, signal processing, and reinforcement learning. His interests include 5G IoT architectures and edge computing in small-cell networks. He eagerly pursues ultrasonic applications in telemedicine, remote sensing, and biomedicine, and the integration of multi-view imaging into cyber-physical health care devices and systems (when he can), and is passionate about bridging science and technology via entrepreneurial activity.

On the personal side, Chakareski has broad interests spanning anthropology, history, foreign languages, travelling, healthy living, classical music, and sports in general.

Apr. 2018: Faculty seminar (CCMNS) @ U. Maryland.
Mar. 2018: NSF CNS award is gratefully acknowledged.
Mar. 2018: Faculty seminar (SCIEN) @ Stanford.
Feb. 2018: Research meeting (VR + Applied Psychology/Patient Rehabilitation/Mobility Restoration) @ UAB.
Feb. 2018: Paper on deep learning for bleeding detection in capsule endoscopy images submitted to ICIP 2018.
Feb. 2018: Faculty seminar (GIS) @ Penn State.
Jan. 2018: Postdoctoral and PhD openings available (see tab Openings).
Jan. 2018: American Control Conference (ACC) paper accepted.
Jan. 2018: Three IEEE ICC 2018 papers accepted.
Jan. 2018: NSF vision workshop The Future VR/AR Network (April 2018) is online. Applications are invited.
Jan. 2018: IEEE SECON 2018 CPC-UAV workshop proposal accepted. Contributions are solicited.
Jan. 2018: Paper on UAV-IoT networking for next generation VR/AR communications submitted to JSAC SI on Airborne Communication Networks.
Dec. 2017: Faculty seminar (CS) @ UC Irvine.
Nov. 2017: Asilomar paper on measurement policy for UAV network topology prediction presented.
Nov. 2017: ACM MM 2017 paper on optimal set of 360° video representations for viewport-adaptive streaming presented.
Oct. 2017: IEEE ICC 2018 papers on UAV-assisted 5G HetNets, 360° VR streaming, and RL for IoT networks submitted.
Oct. 2017: Asilomar 2017 paper on measurement policy for UAV network topology prediction to appear.
Sep. 2017: ACC 2018 paper on coalition formation for coordinated task allocation in UAV networks submitted.
Sep. 2017: Adobe Data Sciences Faculty Research Award is gratefully acknowledged.
Aug. 2017: Research awards from Adobe Systems and NVIDIA are gratefully acknowledged.
Jul. 2017: NSF ECCS award is gratefully acknowledged.
Prior news
Recent results:
  • ACC 2018: "Coalition Formation for Coordinated Task Allocation in Heterogeneous UAV Networks".
  • ICC 2018: "Viewport-Driven Rate-Distortion Optimized 360 Video Streaming".
  • ICC 2018: "Structural Properties of Optimal Transmission Policies for Delay-Sensitive Wireless Sensors".
  • IEEE Asilomar 2017: "Optimal measurement policy for predicting UAV network topology".
  • IEEE MMSP 2017: "Convexity characterization of virtual view reconstruction error in multi-view imaging".
  • ACM MM 2017: "Optimal Set of 360-Degree Videos for Viewport-Adaptive Streaming".
  • IEEE MMSP 2017: "Convexity characterization of Virtual View Reconstruction Error in Multi-View Imaging".
  • ACM SIGCOMM 2017: "VR/AR Immersive Communication: Caching, Edge Computing, and Transmission Trade-Offs" (to appear).
  • ACM MobiSys 2017: "Drone Networks for Virtual Human Teleportation".
  • IEEE ICC 2017: "Viewport-adaptive navigable 360-degree video delivery" (best paper award).
  • IEEE INFOCOM 2017: "Aerial UAV-IoT Sensing for Ubiquitous Immersive Communication and Virtual Human Teleportation".
Major awards & distinctions:
  • Adobe Data Sciences Faculty Research Award 2017
  • Best paper award ICC 2017
  • US AFOSR Faculty Fellow 2015-2016
  • IEEE Senior Member
  • First Laundry Assistant to Phil Chou ;-) [an all-time award]
  • Swiss NSF Ambizione Career Award 2009
Media coverage:
Recent service:
  • Organizer: NSF Future VR/AR Network Workshop (April 2018)
  • Organizer: CPC-UAV Workshop @ IEEE SECON 2018
  • Organizer: SS Immersive VR/AR Experiences @ ACM MMSys 2017
  • Guest editor: IEEE TCSVT SI Mobile Visual Cloud (January 2017)
  • TP chair: IEEE Packet Video AR Workshop 2016
  • Demo/Expo chair: IEEE ICME 2016
Tech involvement:
  • Frame: The network is your computer. [The future is here: Personalized cloud apps for everyone.]
  • Vidyocast: Scalable (SVC) video IP broadcast. [An industry's first.]