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Professor Acton’s laboratory at UVA is called VIVA - Virginia Image and Video Analysis. They specialize in biological image analysis problems. The research emphases of VIVA include machine learning for image and video analysis, AI for education, tracking, segmentation, and enhancement. Professor Acton has over 325 publications in the image and video analysis area. His recent professional service includes Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and General Co-Chair of the IEEE International Symposisum on Biomedical Imaging.


B.S. ​Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1988

M.S. ​Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1990

Ph.D. ​Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1993

"To me, the most curious thing of all is incuriosity. I just don't get it. "


Research Interests

Signal and Image Processing
Machine Learning
Bioimage Analysis

Selected Publications

Functional aspects of meningeal lymphatics in ageing and Alzheimer’s disease. Nature, vol. 560, pp. 185-191, 2018. SANDRO DA MESQUITA, ANTOINE LOUVEAU, ANDREA VACCARI, ..., SCOTT T. ACTON, JONATHAN KIPNIS
M. Korban, P. Youngs and S.T. Acton, “TAA-GCN: A temporally aware adaptive graph convolutional network for age estimation,” Pattern Recognition, 109066, 2023. M. KORBAN, P. YOUNGS, SCOTT T. ACTON
Farewell editiorial. IEEE Transactions on Image Processing,” vol. 27, pp. 8-9, 2018. SCOTT T. ACTON
Speckle reducing anisotropic diffusion. IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 11, 1260-1270, 2002 YONGJIAN YU, SCOTT T. ACTON
A Multi-Modal Transformer network for action detection, Pattern Recognition, vol. 142, 109713, 2023. M. KORBAN, P. YOUNGS, SCOTT T. ACTON

Courses Taught

How the iPhone Works Spring 2018
Digital Image Processing Fall 2018
Signals and Systems Fall 2023


IEEE Fellow 2013
Faculty Innovation Award 2017
All-University Teaching Award 2009
Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer 1996
Director’s Award for Superior Accomplishment, National Science Foundation 2021