Kar-Han Tan is Founder of Helpful Robotics, currently in stealth mode. Previously he was Head of R&D at SingTel NCS, building and leading a new division whose sole purpose is to create world changing products. The NCS R&D organization includes the SCALE@NTU joint lab, customer-focused product management, and a full-stack product engineering team. Before NCS Kar-Han was VP of Engineering at NovuMind, where he leads the development of full-stack artificial intelligence technologies and solutions. Previously he led the HP computer vision team that built and launched the Sprout, the first PC with built-in vision and mixed reality capabilities. Sprout features include object segmentation, 3D scanning, and real-time collaboration capabilities that leverage Kar-Han’s work on gaze-aware immersive communication at HP Labs. Earlier, he was manager of algorithms group at Epson R&D, where he led the invention of advanced projection and imaging technologies. He has also worked at MERL on Computational Photography. Kar-Han graduated from NUS, earned his M.S. from UCLA and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a Beckman Institute Graduate Fellow.

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Robotic Nurse Assistant

Hardware Accelerated Deep Learning for Unconstrained Face Recognition

ConnectBoard: Enabling Eye Contact in Remote Collaboration . TMM 2011 . MMSP 2009

Glasses-free 3D Displays . IDW 2011

O(1) Time Median and Bilateral Filtering . IJCV 2015 . CVPR 2009

Selecting Visual Objects with Freehand Sketches . ICCV 2001

Multiview Panoramic Camera . OMNIVIS 2002 . PAMI 2004

Virtual Structures Formation Control . IROS 1996

Legged Locomotion