Phillip Isola

p h i l l i p i @ b e r k e l e y . e d u
Google Scholar / GitHub

About me

I am a postdoctoral scholar with Alyosha Efros at UC Berkeley. I recently completed my Ph.D. in Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT, under the supervision of Ted Adelson, where I also frequently worked with Aude Oliva. I recevied my undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Yale, where I got my start on research working with Brian Scholl.

I study how and why we represent the visual world the way we do, and how we can replicate these abilities in machines.


I am co-organizing the 1st Workshop on Object Understanding for Interaction, held in conjunction with ICCV 2015.


Isola, P., Zoran, D., Krishnan, K., Adelson, E.H.
Learning Visual Groups From Co-occurrences in Space and Time
In submission.
Zoran, D., Isola, P., Krishnan, K., Freeman, W.T.
Learning Ordinal Relationships for Mid-Level Vision
International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2015.
Isola, P.*, Lim, J. J.*, Adelson, E. H.
Discovering States and Transformations in Image Collections
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2015 (oral).
Bylinskii, Z., Isola, P., Bainbridge, C., Torralba, A., Oliva, A.
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Effects on Image Memorability
Vision Research, 2015.
Zhang, Z., Isola, P., Adelson, E. H.
Sparkle Vision: Seeing the World through Random Specular Microfacets
4th IEEE International Workshop on Computational Cameras and Displays, 2015.
Isola, P., Zoran, D., Krishnan, D., Adelson, E. H.
Crisp Boundary Detection Using Pointwise Mutual Information
European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2014 (oral).
Isola, P. and Liu, C.
Scene Collaging: Analysis and Synthesis of Natural Images with Semantic Layers.
International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2013.
Isola, P., Xiao, J., Parikh, D., Torralba, A., Oliva, A.
What Makes a Photograph Memorable?
Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI), 2013.
Borkin, M., Vo, A., Bylinskii, Z., Isola, P., Sunkavalli, S., Oliva, A., Pfister, H.
What Makes a Visualization Memorable?
IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Infovis), 2013.
Bainbridge, W. A., Isola, P., Oliva, A.
The Intrinsic Memorability of Face Images.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 2013.
Oliva, A., Isola, P., Khosla, A., Bainbridge, W.A.
What makes a picture memorable?
SPIE Newsroom Article, 2013.
Khosla, A.*, Xiao, J.*, Isola, P., Torralba, A., Oliva, A.
Image Memorability and Visual Inception.
SIGGRAPH Asia Technical Briefs (Invited Paper), 2012.
Cole, F., Isola, P., Freeman, W. T., Durand, F., Adelson, E. H.
Shapecollage: Occlusion-aware, example-based shape interpretation.
European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2012.
Bainbridge, W. A.*, Isola, P.*, Blank, I., Oliva, A.
Establishing a database for studying human face photograph memorability.
Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Cognitive Sciences Society, 2012.
Isola, P., Parikh, D., Torralba, A., Oliva, A.
Understanding the intrinsic memorability of images.
Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), 2011.
Isola, P., Xiao, J., Torralba, A., Oliva, A.
What makes an image memorable?
IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2011.
Turk-Browne, N. B., Isola, P. J., Scholl, B. J., Treat, T. A.
Multidimensional visual statistical learning.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 2008.