Dr. Toler-Franklin is an Assistant Professor in the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where she directs the Graphics, Imaging & Light Measurement Laboratory (GILMLab). Dr. Toler-Franklin earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University. She obtained a Master of Science degree from the Cornell University Program of Computer Graphics and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. Prior to joining the faculty at UF, Dr. Toler-Franklin was a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Computer Science Department at UC Davis and a researcher at the CITRIS Banatao Institute at UC Berkeley. Dr. Toler-Franklin has considerable industry experience, having worked at Autodesk, Adobe and Google.
Dr. Toler-Franklin’s research areas are Computer Graphics and Vision, focusing on 3D Data Acquisition, Physically-Based Appearance Modeling, Imaging Spectrometry, Machine Learning, Matching Algorithms and Non-Photorealistic Rendering. Dr. Toler-Franklin’s algorithms have been deployed in real-world settings for practical applications in Bio-Diversity, Bio-Medical Research and Archaeology. Her work has fostered international collaborations with researchers in the fields of paleontology, archaeology, museum conservation and biological imaging. Dr. Toler-Franklin was awarded the 2013 NSF iDigBio Visiting Scholar Award to support her projects developing new optical capture techniques and image processing algorithms to analyze biological specimens from rare collections. Her recent work develops AI algorithms for biomedical research. Collaborating with the UF College of Medicine Oncology and Pathology Departments, and the UF Neuroscience Department, Dr. Toler-Franklin developed deep learning algorithms for diagnosing metastatic cancers and studying behaviors associated with neurological disorders (Alzheimer’s, autism, depression).