At Wayfair, this alumna uses computer vision to re-imagine home goods e-commerce | Harvard SEAS

July 13, 2017
Rebecca Perry

The dilemma: you haul your beautiful new coffee table up three flights of stairs into the living room of your apartment, only to realize it just doesn’t fit in with the rest of your furniture.

Alumna Rebecca Perry, software engineer at Wayfair, works on a team that is developing computer vision tools to help customers avoid such quandaries. The augmented reality app that the “Wayfair Next” team recently completed enables users to place a virtual, three-dimensional furniture item in a room, to see how it looks from all sides.

“The need for 3D models is really taking off in a number of different industries, and Wayfair is leading the way,” said Perry, S.M. ’12, Ph.D. ’15, who studied applied physics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). “It is a lot of fun to work on these futuristic tools that the whole company is excited about.”  Read more.