Ivan Laptev is a visiting professor at MBZUAI and a head of research at VisionLabs. He is also a senior researcher on leave from Inria Paris. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the Royal Institute of Technology in 2004 and a Habilitation degree from École Normale Supérieure in 2013. Ivan’s primary research interests include visual recognition of human actions, objects, interactions, and robotics. He has published over 120 technical papers, most in international journals and major peer-reviewed field conferences. He served as an associate editor of IJCV and TPAMI; he served as a program chair for CVPR’18 and ICCV’23, and he will serve as a program chair for ACCV’24. He has co-organized several tutorials, workshops, and challenges at major computer vision conferences. He has also co-organized a series of INRIA summer schools on computer vision and machine learning (2010–2013), and Machines Can See summits (2017–2023). He received an ERC Starting Grant in 2012 and was awarded a Helmholtz prize for significant impact on computer vision in 2017.