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Josh Myers-Dean

Ph.D. Student

Computer Science Department

University of Colorado Boulder

Email: first.last@colorado.edu

Office: DLC 170K

Research Keywords: image segmentation, accessibility, computer vision

I am happy to chat! Feel free to reach out!

Who am I?

I am a third-year Computer Science Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado Boulder. My research interests are centered around working on algorithms to address human-centered problems identified by researchers in accessibility and human-computer interaction, where I've found my niche in image segmentation. Long-term, I am excited about converting images to rich, detailed, structured representations to operate on in paradigms such as Visual Programming. I am grateful to be supported by the National Science Foundation through a GRFP Fellowship and to be advised by Danna Gurari. I also frequently collaborate with the wonderful folks over at Adobe Research. In the past, I have had the opportunity to intern at The Allen Institute for AI with Favyen Bastani and Aniruddha Kembhavi, working on unsupervised learning for remote sensing time series change detection. I have also spent time at Adobe Research, where I worked on interactive segmentation with Brian Price and Yifei Fan, as well as at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where I worked on natural/spoken language processing problems (with applications in national security) and VR applications (with applications in Biosurveillance) with Karl Pazdernik. Prior to that, I spent many wonderful years at Western Washington University working on Computational Photography and Geospatial Computer Vision with Scott Wehrwein and Structural Bioinformatics with Filip Jagodzinski. While at WWU I worked as a web application developer to make websites more accessible and compliant with WCAG 2.0 guidelines. In my free time I embrace the Boulder stereotypes and spend a lot of time trail/ultra running, climbing, cooking, knitting, and biking.


  • 2024-07-01: 1 paper accepted to ECCV 2024!
  • 2024-04-17: Returning to Adobe Research this Summer! Reach out if you are in the Bay Area.
  • 2024-04-17: The project page is live for DIG, which I presented at WACV in Hawaii. Check out the project page for the paper, code, data and supplemental material!
  • 2024-04-15: Gave a talk about some of our recent work at the CMU HCII Accessibility Lunch! Thanks for having me, Jeff and Peya!
  • 2024-04-11: Passed my Area Exam!
  • 2024-04-10: 1 paper accepted to DEF-AI-MIA.


For a complete list of my work, please check out my Google or Semantic Scholar.

A schematic showing the proposed gesture-agnostic context-free interactive segmentation task. The left column shows a human, a turtle (ROI), and an optional previous segmentation. The middle column shows that different gesture types can be used, such as clicks or scribbles. The right shows a final segmentation.

Interactive Segmentation for Diverse Gesture Types Without Context

Josh Myers-Dean, Yifei Fan, Brian Price, Wilson Chan, Danna Gurari

IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) 2024

Project Page Paper (3 MB PDF) Code (Github) Supplemental Material

A 3x3 grid showing overhead imagery with the country borders drawn on.

Computer Vision for International Border Legibility

Trevor Ortega, Thomas Nelson, Skyler Crane, Josh Myers-Dean, and Scott Wehrwein

IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) 2023

Project Page Paper (5.1 MB PDF) Code (Github) Supplemental Material

Visualization of triplet loss on neural network features.

Generalized few-shot semantic segmentation: All you need is fine-tuning

Josh Myers-Dean, Yinan Zhao, Brian Price, Scott Cohen, Danna Gurari

arXiv preprint

Paper (8 MB PDF)

The pipeline for the DAMM software. It shows the workflow of a user giving a FASTA file which is then matched against 272 PDZ domains.

Domain Analysis and Motif Matcher (DAMM): A Program to Predict Selectivity Determinants in Monosiga brevicollis PDZ Domains Using Human PDZ Data

Haley A Wofford, Josh Myers-Dean, Brandon A Vogel, Kevin Alexander Estrada Alamo, Frederick A Longshore-Neate, Filip Jagodzinski, Jeanine F Amacher


Paper (3 MB PDF)

A table of different computational notebooks and their benefits.

Towards Modeling Student Engagement with Interactive Computing Textbooks: An Empirical Study

David H Smith IV, Qiang Hao, Christopher D Hundhausen, Filip Jagodzinski, Josh Myers-Dean, Kira Jaeger

Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Paper (1.5 MB PDF)

An image representing the interaction of a ligand, labeled AZZ, with amino acid residues of a protein or enzyme. The ligand AZZ is in the center, with various molecular interactions illustrated by lines connecting it to surrounding residues named by their three-letter amino acid codes and position numbers (like ILE 29A, VAL 54A, etc.). There's a legend on the left side with two sections: Residue Styles and Interaction Styles. Residue Styles has icons representing side-chains and backbone & side-chain. Interaction Styles uses colored circles to denote different types of interactions: ligand acceptor (purple), non-ideal ligand acceptor (blue), ligand donor (pink), contact only (white), and stacking (green) Amino acid residues are shown with these colored circles based on their interaction with the ligand. For example, TRP 57A shows a stacking interaction (green circle) with the ligand. There are also dashed lines indicating hydrogen bonds and dotted lines indicating other non-covalent interactions. The molecular structure of AZZ is highlighted with atoms and bonds: double lines for double bonds, and a zigzag structure representing a chemical ring or chain.

PETRA: Drug Engineering via Rigidity Analysis

Sam Herr, Josh Myers-Dean, Hunter Read, Filip Jagodzinski


Paper (1MB PDF)

An image of a flower (left) with a corresponding energy map based off semantic features and edge weights (right).

Semantic Pixel Distances for Image Editing

Josh Myers-Dean, Scott Wehrwein

NTIRE 2020 CVPR Workshop (Oral Presentation)

Project Page Paper (5MB PDF) Video (Youtube)