Pascal Mettes

Assistant Professor - University of Amsterdam

Computer vision
Prior knowledge
Hyperbolic geometry
Inductive biases

Research statement

My research goal is to find a bridge between prior knowledge and deep networks. Deep learning in computer vision thrives under examples but commonly ignores additional explicit knowledge about the research problem. Think about hierarchical relations between categories, relational knowledge between tasks, or spatio-temporal knowledge. The research of my team focuses on discovering the shared geometry between pixels and knowledge. Specifically, we research hyperbolic and hyperspherical geometry for deep learning and learning with prototypes. Our advances and new research proposals are investigated for computer vision problems such as hierarchical recognition, segmentation, localization, and zero-shot recognition in images and videos.

Recent news highlights

[11-2022] "Maximum Class Separation as Inductive Bias in One Matrix" accepted to NeurIPS 2022.
[10-2022] We are organizing a tutorial on Hyperbolic Representation Learning at ECCV 2022.
[08-2022] "Less than Few: Self-Shot Video Instance Segmentation" accepted to ECCV 2022.
[09-2022] We are organizing the second Video Symposium in Amsterdam.
[06-2022] "Hyperbolic Image Segmentation" accepted to CVPR 2022.
[04-2022] We are organizing the Netherlands Conference on Computer Vision 2022.

PhD students

Current students

Former students

  • dr. Zenglin Shi - graduated 2022 - now at A*STAR Singapore

Organization and talks

Organization and network


  • 2022 - Lecturer at School in AI summer school, Italy
  • 2022 - Talk at University of Bristol, UK. Host: prof. Dima Damen
  • 2022 - Talk at Columbia University, USA. Host: dr. Carl Vondrick
  • 2022 - Talk at FAIR, USA. Host: dr. Karen Ullrich
  • 2022 - Talk at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Host: dr. Ronald Poppe
  • 2022 - Talk at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Host: dr. Jan van Gemert
  • 2021 - Lecturer at Efficient Deep Learning winter school on Hyperbolic Deep Learning
  • 2021 - Talk at TU Dresden, Germany. Host: prof. Martin Keller-Ressel
  • 2021 - Talk at University of Tübingen, Germany. Host: prof. Zeynep Akata
  • 2021 - Talk at Diagnostic Image Analysis Group, Radboud UMC, the Netherlands
  • 2021 - Speaker at Bertelsmann Video AI Event, virtual
  • 2020 - Lecturer at VISUM summer school on Action Recognition in Videos, virtual
  • 2020 - Talk at Aalto University, Finland. Host: dr. Xiao Yu
  • 2019 - Speaker at NVPBHV fall meeting, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2019 - Lecturer at VISUM summer school on Deep Learning, Porto, Portugal

Grants, awards, teaching


  • PI - ELLIS PhD award with prof. Rita Cucchiara
  • PI - NWO ClickNL
  • PI - Google Perception Academic Funding with dr. Thomas Mensink
  • PI - Data Science Center grant with dr. Erwin Berkhout
  • PI - Informatics Institute collaboration grant with prof. Paul Groth
  • co-PI - NWO ClickNL with dr. Nanne van Noord
  • co-PI - ACTA AiO competition


  • Doctoral Consortium Award - ACM Multimedia 2016
  • Benchmark winner - TRECVID Multimedia Event Detection 2015
  • Reviewer award - CVPR21, ICLR21, ECCV20, ICML20, NeurIPS19, ICMR18, ICCV17, ICMR15


  • Applied Machine Learning 2018-now
  • Education Committee MSc Information Studies 2019-now
  • Thesis AI coordinator 2019-2022
  • Entry committee MSc Artificial Intelligence 2019-2021
  • Guest lecturer in Computer Vision I and Computer Vision II 2018-2021

Academic experience

2019 - Present

Assistant professor in computer vision

University of Amsterdam


Visiting researcher

University of Tübingen, Germany

Host: prof. Zeynep Akata

2018 - 2019

Postdoctoral researcher

University of Amsterdam


Visiting researcher

Columbia University, USA

Host: prof. Shih-Fu Chang

2013 - 2017

PhD student

University of Amsterdam

Promotors: prof. Cees Snoek and prof. Arnold Smeulders

Research data

Hyperspherical Prototype Networks

Code and pre-computed prototypes are available [here].

Shuffled ImageNet-Banks for Video Event Detection and Search

Pre-trained models can be downloaded by following the instructions [here].

Spatial-Aware Object Embeddings for Zero-Shot Localization and Classification of Actions

Code and pre-computed prototypes are available [here].

Water Detection through Spatio-Temporal Invariant Descriptors

The complete Video Water Dataset is available [here] (warning 14GB).