Keith Noah Snavley

Keith Noah Snavely

Associate Professor
Computer Science
Bloomberg 365, Cornell Tech, 2 West Loop, New York, NY 10044


Noah Snavely is on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University, where he has been an assistant professor since 2009. He received a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 2008. Noah works in computer graphics and computer v ision, with a particular interest in using vast amounts of imagery from the Internet to reconstruct, visualize, and understand our world in 3D. His thesis work was the basis for Microsoft's Photosynth, a tool for building 3D visualizations from photo collections that has been used by many thousands of people. Noah is a recipient of a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and a PECASE, and was recognized in 2011 as one of the Technology Review top Innovators under 35 (TR35).

Research Interests

Selected Publications

  • Sadovnik, Amir, Yi-I Chiu, Noah Snavely, Shimon Edelman, Tsuhan Chen.  2012.  "Image Description with a Goal: Building Efficient Discriminating Expressions for Images."  Paper presented at IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
  • Cabrini Hauagge, Daniel, Noah Snavely.  2012.  "Image Matching using Local Symmetry Features."  Paper presented at IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
  • Cao, Song , Noah Snavely.  2013.  "Graph-Based Discriminative Learning for Location Recognition."  Proceedings of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
  • Hauagge, Daniel Cabrini, Scott Wehrwein, Kavita Bala, Noah Snavely.  2013.  "Photometric Ambient Occlusion."  Proceedings of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)
  • Wilson, Kyle, Noah Snavely.  2013.  "Network Principles for SfM: Disambiguating Repeated Structures with Local Context."  Paper presented at International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation) 2012
  • NSF CAREER Award (National Science Foundation) 2012
  • 2011 "TR35" - one of the top technology innovators under age 35 (Technology Review Magazine) 2011
  • Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow for 2011 (Microsoft) 2011
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers 2013