Monthly Archives: April 2015

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    Shanglin Yang to Join MCL as MS Intern Student in 2015 Summer

Shanglin Yang to Join MCL as MS Intern Student in 2015 Summer

Same with Zhenxia Zhou, Shanglin Yang survived the fierce interview last week with his outstanding performance in the test, as well as his solid background in academic research. Let us hear what he said about the internship in the coming summer.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself? (Previous research/project experience, research interest and expertise)

Hi, my name is Shanglin Yang, an EE master student at USC admitted in Fall 2014. I earned the Bachelor Degree of Engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. Although most of my previous learning and research experiences were subjected to hardware in my undergraduate study, I obtained a chance to learn about signal processing and image processing in the “Freescale Cup Intelligent Car Racing” project.

After that, I got involved in the project “Research and Design of Micro Four-Rotor Aircraft” and finished my graduation thesis titled “Investigation and Design of Innovation and Networking Platform of Electric Machines”. During the process, the charm of the dynamic image processing, data modeling and programing intrigued me so much that I changed my major to signal processing in my graduate study at USC.

Currently, I am also interested in AR system and have worked on several related projects under Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

2. What was your first impression of USC and MCL?

USC has a great academic atmosphere for engineering study. She also has famous alumni in various fields, offering her students with significant resource and motivation to pursue higher goals. Challenges and opportunities coexist everywhere in this university.

I was impressed by the size of MCL at first, especially by the number of great projects finished in the past. It convinces me that the lab is highly productive and I am very pleasant to work with [...]

By |April 26th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Shanglin Yang to Join MCL as MS Intern Student in 2015 Summer|
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    Zhenxia Zhou to Join MCL as MS Intern Student in 2015 Summer

Zhenxia Zhou to Join MCL as MS Intern Student in 2015 Summer

After a highly competitive interview process, Ms. Zhenxia Zhou will be one of two MS students to join MCL in 2015 summer as interns. We conducted an interview with her about her previous experiences and future expectations.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself? (Previous research/project experience, research interest and expertise)

My name is Zhenxia Zhou, an EE Master student at USC. I earned the Bachelor Degree of Engineering and Management from Nantong University in China in 2014.

Speaking of image processing, it was the undergraduate project “Color Medical Imaging Registration” that introduced me into this area, and fascinated me a lot. Before that, I had taken charge of two projects: “Wireless smart control system of Greenhouse” and “De-nosing of switch reluctance Machine”.

Other than course work, I was active in extracurricular professional activities, such as leading a team to win the second prize in the Mathematical and Computational Competition, and working as an Electrical Engineer intern for the Institute of Microelectronics of China Academy of Science (IMECAS) for two months.

Currently, I am working on a course project, to implement a “Baby face generator” on the DSP board under the guidance of Pro. Georgiou. I am getting more and more fascinated in image processing and computer vision and willing to learn more about them.

2. What was your first impression of USC and MCL?

The excellent ranking of the USC Viterbi Engineering School first attracted me. Later, I heard the history of signal and image processing research at USC; e.g., the well-known digital image “Lena” was first scanned here. It is truly exciting for young students working in this field to be a member of the Trojan family.

The first time I browsed MCL website, I was impressed by its large size [...]

By |April 19th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Zhenxia Zhou to Join MCL as MS Intern Student in 2015 Summer|
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    MCL Research on Coexistence Wi-Fi and Bluetooth MAC Design Published

MCL Research on Coexistence Wi-Fi and Bluetooth MAC Design Published

MCL research on Wi-Fi MAC design for its coexistence with Bluetooth was recently published by the IEEE Transactions on Computers (Vol 64, No. 2, 2015 February). This paper is entitled with “Coexistence Wi-Fi MAC Design for Mitigating Interference Caused by Collocated Bluetooth,” and co-authored by Dr. Chia-Chun Hsu, Professor David Wei of Fordham University, and Professor Jay Kuo.

Dr. Chia-Chun (Alex) Hsu, a former PhD alum of MCL, graduated from USC in 2007. He is currently an engineer at Mdiatek, Taiwan. Before joining Mediatek, he worked at HTC in Taiwan. His expertise is on the design of network protocols in Wi-Fi and LTE communication systems. Dr. David Wei is a Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at the Fordham University, Bronx, New York. Dr. Jay Kuo is the MCL Director.

The main contribution of this work is the development of a cross-layer adaptive packet fragmentation algorithm so as to reduce the effect of interference to the Bluetooth devices in the Wi-Fi network. It is an extension of an earlier paper published in the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference 2007 entitled with “A cognitive MAC protocol using statistical channel allocation for wireless ad-hoc networks.” This conference paper has many follow-up works as evidenced by its high citation number (around 200 times).

By |April 12th, 2015|News|Comments Off on MCL Research on Coexistence Wi-Fi and Bluetooth MAC Design Published|
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    Kevin Wang Joined Media Communications Lab as an Undergraduate Intern

Kevin Wang Joined Media Communications Lab as an Undergraduate Intern

Kevin Wang is a freshman in the Computer Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) Program at USC. He is fascinated by computer graphics and has strong curiosity about academic research. He joined Media Communications Las recently. The following is an interview with him about himself and his thoughts.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself?

My name is Kevin Wang, a first year undergraduate in the USC CECS program. I am interested in the software engineering track of my major. I am currently in a preliminary stage of developing an app with a couple of other students. I also enjoy playing tennis and going adventures in LA.

2. What was your first impression of USC and Media Communications Lab?

As a freshman, I am open-minded to embrace various opportunities presented by USC. Since USC is a prominent research-focused school, I want to take advantage of it. The Media Communications Lab is ideal for me to get hands-on research experience. By working on graphics and visual quality assessment tasks, I will be able to get deeper understanding of computer science while participating in important research.

3. What makes you want to know more about research and decide to join Media Communications Lab?

In the very deep of my heart, I desire to conduct a research project of my own sometime in the near future. I want to hone my skills on discovering new possibilities in computer science. I decided to join Media Communications Lab because it provides the best opportunities to ease my way into research.

4. What do you want to learn from working with Media Communications Lab members?

I am interested in understanding methodologies behind conducting research in a professional field. As the first year student, I want to understand what it is [...]

By |April 5th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Kevin Wang Joined Media Communications Lab as an Undergraduate Intern|