Welcome! My name is Todd, and I'm a postdoc research scientist building perceptual metrics at Facebook Reality Labs. In my previous work at the University of Texas at Austin, I developed a blind video source inspection framework for accurately identifying a multitude of video distortions. I'm also a co-founder of CargoSpectre, which specializes in automated freight dimensioning. When not researching, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two cats, hiking, reading, and brewing coffee/tea.

beyondmetis [at] gmail.com


PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (May 2018)

  • Advisor Prof. Alan Bovik
  • Prepared dissertation on no-reference video artifact assessment. Check out VIDMAP!


Facebook Reality Labs (Jul 2018 - Present)

  • Researching quality assessment in AR/VR.
  • Building a virtual eye model for spatio-temporal sensitivity analysis across the visual field.
  • Co-authored DeepFovea, an ML approach to foveated rendering.

CargoSpectre (May 2014 - Present)

  • Developing 2D/3D vision algorithms for automatically dimensioning warehouse cargo.
  • Website

University of Texas at Austin (Sep 2013 - May 2018)

  • Finding applications for natural scene statistics in multiple imaging modalities.
  • Developing video quality assessment algorithms and demonstrations.
  • Automated source inspection of videos to detect artifacts.

Oculus Research (May 2017 - Aug 2017)

  • Worked with perception science team on vision problems related to quality assessment.
  • Provided new insights with respect to foveated rendering applications.

Netflix (May 2015 - Aug 2015, May 2016 - Aug 2016)

  • Applied video quality algorithms to real-world film content.
  • Developing new video quality assessment algorithms and improved VMAF.
  • Developed new state-of-the-art generalized methods for detecting artifacts in source videos.

Applied Research Labs (May 2012 - August 2013)

  • Researched compression schemes for reducing data loads.
  • Adapted perceptual quality assessment to SONAR images.

Clemson University (May 2011 - August 2011)

  • Optimized face recognition algorithms for GPGPU hardware using CUDA

Itron, Inc. (May 2009 - Aug 2009, Jan 2010 - May 2011)

  • Developed indispensable power meter tracking website.
  • Interfaced smart meter data with Google Earth, improving internal visualizations.