Bharath Hariharan

We are all trapped between the beautiful blueprints of the most perfect systems and the World that contradicts itself, the World that is "large and contains multitudes" - Stefan Themerson, The Mystery of the Sardine

Note to prospective PhD students: Admissions at Cornell are done through a committee. If you are interested in working with me, please directly apply through the application website and mention my name

My interests are broadly in recognition in computer vision. I want to build systems that understand the visual world as well as people do. Currently, I am working on building systems that can learn about tens of thousands of visual concepts with very little or no supervision, produce rich and detailed outputs such as precise 3D shape, and reason about the world and communicate this reasoning to humans.

Before joining Cornell, I was a postdoc working with Ross Girshick, Piotr Dollár, Larry Zitnick, Laurens van der Maaten and other amazing people at Facebook AI Research. I did my PhD at beautiful Berkeley with Jitendra Malik. My CV is here.

Assistant Professor
311 Gates Hall
Cornell University


PhD students


  • Coarsely-labeled Data for Better Few-shot Transfer
    Cheng Perng Phoo, Bharath Hariharan
    In ICCV, 2021
  • Field Guide-inspired Zero-Shot Learning
    Utkarsh Mall, Bharath Hariharan, Kavita Bala
    In ICCV, 2021
  • Extreme Rotation Estimation using Dense Correlation Volumes
    Ruojin Cai, Hadar Averbuch-Elor, Bharath Hariharan, Noah Snavely
    In CVPR, 2021
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  • Stay Positive: Non-Negative Image Synthesis for Augmented Reality
    Katie Luo, Guandao Yang, Wenqi Xian, Harald Haraldsson, Bharath Hariharan, Serge Belongie
    In CVPR, 2021 (Oral)
    pdf    project page    bibtex
  • Can We Characterize Tasks Without Labels or Features?
    Bram Wallace, Ziyang Wu, Bharath Hariharan
    In CVPR, 2021
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  • Few-Shot Classification with Feature Map Reconstruction Networks
    Davis Wertheimer, Luming Tang, Bharath Hariharan
    In CVPR, 2021
    pdf    project page    bibtex
  • PiCIE: Unsupervised Semantic Segmentation using Invariance and Equivariance in Clustering
    Jang Hyun Cho, Utkarsh Mall, Kavita Bala, Bharath Hariharan
    In CVPR, 2021
    project page    bibtex

Publications by year

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All publications


My research is currently funded by DARPA, IARPA, NSF and TCS. In the past, I have been the recepient of an Amazon Research Award.