2024 AAIA New President
AAIA is pleased to announced that Professor Gérard Medioni was elected the second AAIA President from January of 2024 for two years. We believe that with President Gérard Medioni’s leadership, there will be more top scientists join AAIA and we will have achievements.
Vice President and Distinguished Scientist, AWS Applications
In his role as Vice President and Distinguished Scientist, Gérard is responsible for leading artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision-based research efforts powering Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, which provides checkout-free shopping experience for customers, and the Amazon One palm recognition service that combines cutting-edge biometrics, optical engineering, generative AI, and machine learning to deliver a new means of identification, entry, payment, and age-verification.
A nine-year Amazon veteran, he is a member of the leadership team for the AWS Applications group that develops ready-to-use, out-of-the-box services and solutions that bring the power of machine learning and generative AI across a variety of industries.
Gérard is the recipient of several prestigious awards recognizing his contributions to both academia and industry. In 2022, he was inducted as a Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors, and in 2023 was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Gérard is also the recipient of the IEEE PAMI Mark Everingham Prize and the APSIPA Industrial Distinguished Leader award. He serves on the advisory board of the IEEE Transactions on PAMI journal, and the Image and Vision Computing journal. He is the Vice President of the Computer Vision Foundation.
He is passionate about advancing the state of the art in computer vision, and using the technology in customer-facing applications. He is the author of four books, more than 90 journal papers and 280 conference articles, and the recipient of 106 patents. He is the editor, with Sven Dickinson, of the Computer Vision series of books for Springer. Gérard serves as co-chair of technical conferences (CVPR, ICPR, ACCV, WACV, ICPR) and is a Fellow of IAPR, IEEE, AAAI, and AAIA.
Gérard holds the title of Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at USC, where he served as the Chair of the university’s Computer Science Department from 2001-2007. Prior to joining Amazon in 2014, Gérard consulted with numerous companies and startups. He received his Diplôme d’Ingenieur from ENST, Paris in 1977, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1980 and 1983, respectively.