Natalia Vassilieva

Senior Scientist, Research Manager
St. Petersburg


Natalia is a senior scientist at the Analytics Lab and the manager of HP Labs Russia.

Prior to that she worked as a software developer for several IT companies and taught at St. Petersburg State University.

She graduated with honor from Saint Petersburg State University (SPSU), Mathematics and Mechanics Department, Chair of Software Engineering in 2002; held an intern position in the Multimedia Information Modeling and Retrieval group at the research laboratory CLIPS-IMAG (Grenoble, France) in 2002-2003; obtained PhD in Computer Science from SPSU in 2010.


Research interests

Multimedia mining, content-based image retrieval, image and document processing, text detection in images, open information extraction, machine learning, text analytics.


Natalia is a recipient of the “Young Researcher” award from Russian Fund of Fundamental Research in 2002, a scholarship from French government in 2002, the “Internet-Mathematics” award from Yandex company in 2007, best paper award on CompSysTech 2012, 2012.


  1. Boris Novikov, Natalia Vassilieva, Anna Yarygina. Querying big data. CompSysTech 2012, 2012, pp. 1-10.
  2. Anna Yarygina, Natalia Vassilieva. High-recall extraction of acronym-definition pairs with relevance feedback. Proceedings of the 2012 Joint EDBT/ICDT Workshops, 2012, pp. 21-28.
  3. Ales Mishchenko, Natalia Vassilieva. Chart Image Understanding and Numerical Data Extraction. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Digital Information Management: ICDIM 2011, 2011, pp. 115-120.
  4. Ales Mishchenko, Natalia Vassilieva. Model-based Chart Image Classification. Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Visual Computing: ISVC 2011, 2011, pp. 476-485.
  5. Ales Mishchenko, Natalia Vassilieva. Model-Based Recognition and Extraction of Information from Chart Images. Journal of Multimedia Processing and Technologies, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2011, pp. 76-89.
  6. Anna Yarygina, Boris Novikov, and Natalia Vassilieva. Processing complex similarity queries: a systematic approach. Proceedings II of the 15th East-European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems: ADBIS 2011, 2011, pp. 221-221.
  7. Natalia Vassilieva. Finding Text in GUI via Local Area Adaptive Binarization, hPICS 2011.
  8. Natalia Vassilieva, Yulia Gladisheva. Text Detection in Chart Images. In Proc. of the 10th  International Conference <Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis: New Infromation Technologies> PRIA-10-2010, Vol. 2. Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 2010, pp. 365-368.
  9. Natalia Vassilieva. Content-based Image Retrieval Methods. In Programming and Computer Software, 2009, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 158-180, Pleiades Publishing, Ltd., 2009. (Original Russian Text N.S. Vassilieva, 2009, published in Programmirovanie, 2009, Vol. 35, No. 3.) 
  10. Natalia Vassilieva. Bin width selection for color histograms in image retrieval. In Vestnik St. Petersburg University: Informatics, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2009, pp. 155-164.
  11. Ilya Markov, Natalia Vassilieva. Query Classification in Content-Based Image Retrieval. Databases and Information Systems V - Selected Papers from the Eighth International Baltic Conference, DB&IS 2008, Edited by Hele-Mai Haav, Ahto Kalja, 2009, pp. 281-288.
  12. Ilya Markov, Natalia Vassilieva. Image retrieval. Color and texture combining based on query-image. In Proc. of the International Conference on Image and Signal Processing (ICISP 2008), July 1-3, 2008, Cherbourg-Octeville, France, pp. 430-438.
  13. Ilya Markov, Natalia Vassilieva. Building Up Low-Level Centroids for Groups of Perceptually Similar Images. In Proc. of the Eighth International Baltic Conference on Databases and Information Systems (Baltic DB&IS 2008), June 2-5, Tallinn, Estonia, pp. 341-348.
  14. Natalia Vassilieva, Alexander Dolnik, Ilya Markov. Image retrieval. Combining multiple search methods' results. In "Internet-mathematics" Collection (2007), 46-55.
  15. Ilya Markov, Natalia Vassilieva and Alexander Yaremchuk. Image retrieval. Optimal weights for color and texture fusion based on query object. In Proc. of the Ninth National Russian Research Conference RCDL'2007, Pereyaslavl-Zalessky, Russia, October 15 - 18, 2007.
  16. Natalia Vassilieva, Boris Novikov. Establishing a correspondence between low-level features and semantics of fixed images. In Proc. of the Seventh National Russian Research Conference RCDL'2005, Yaroslavl, Russia, October 04 - 06, 2005.
  17. Natalia Vassilieva, Boris Novikov. A Similarity Retrieval Algorithm for Natural Images. In Proc. of the Baltic DB&IS'2004, Riga, Latvia, June 2004.
  18. Julia Houdyakova, Alexander Ivanov, Natalia Vassilieva. Information System 'Student'. The mechanism of access rights administration. In Proc. of the 10th science methodical conference Telematica'2003. St.Petersburg, Russia. April, 2003.
  19. Natalia Vassilieva, The mechanism of access rights administration in information systems. 7th St.Petersburg assembly of young scientists and experts, pp. 17-18. St.Petersburg, 2002.
  20. Natalia Vassilieva, Timur Khairov. Student. Orders in study process management system. In Proc. of the conference ITO'2002. Moscow, Russia. November, 2002.
  21. Natalia Vassilieva. Automation of document circulation of orders. In the Proc. of the 9th science methodical conference Telematica'2002. St.Petersburg, Russia. June, 2002.

Professional activities

  • Organizing Committee Chair at RuSSIR/EDBT'2011
  • PC memeber at GraphiCon'2011
  • PC member at CLEF'2010
  • PC member at RuSSIR since 2009 
  • PC member at SYRCoDIS'2008-SYRCoDIS'2012, PC Chair at SYRCoDIS 2013 
  • PC member at ROMIP since 2009
  • Reviewer at RCDL'2007, PC member at RCDL'2012
  • Lecturer at Computer Science Center, Computer Science Club, RuSSIR'2008