Monthly Archives: May 2016

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    Professor Kuo visited Korea and attended two MCL alumni reunion events

Professor Kuo visited Korea and attended two MCL alumni reunion events

MCL Director, Professor C.-C. Jay Kuo, visited Korea in the last week of May and had two MCL alumni reunion events in Suwon and Seoul.
Professor Kuo had the dinner with six MCL alumni in Suwon on May 26 (Thursday). They were Dr. Junghun Park (left in the first row), Dr. Jae-Joon Lee (right in the first row), Dr. Dong-Woo Kang, Dr. Namgook Cho, Dr. Young Ju Jeong and Dr. Youngmin Kwak (from the left to the right in the second row). They all work for Samsung except for Dr. Jae-Joon Lee, who is a research professor at the Ajou University after working at Samsung.
Professor Kuo had the dinner with another eleven MCL alumni in Seoul on May 27 (Friday). They were (from left to the right): Professor Chang-Su Kim (Korea University), Dr. Hyunsuk Ko (ETRI), Professor Byung Tae Oh (Korean Airspace University), Dr. Yongjin Cho (founder of a start-up), Professor Kyoung Mu Lee (Seoul National University), Professor Kuo, Professor JongWon Kim (Guangzhou Institute of Science and Technology), Professor Hwangjun Song (Pohang Institute of Technology), Dr. Jin-Gyoung Kim (VP of LG), Professor Jae-Young Sim (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology) and Professor Je-Won Kang (Ewha University).
Professor Kuo shared with MCL alumni in Korea about recent developments at USC such as the USC Village Project, and invited them to visit the USC campus again if they would have an opportunity to come to USA in the near future. Professor Kuo also said that the experience of seeing students grow into maturity in research, become successful in their career and build a good family is the most rewarding part of his teaching career at USC.

By |May 29th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Professor Kuo visited Korea and attended two MCL alumni reunion events|

Seven MCL Members Attended Viterbi PhD Hooding Ceremony

Seven MCL members attended the Viterbi PhD hooding ceremony on Thursday, May 12, 2016, from 8:30-11:00 a.m. in the Bovard Auditorium. They were Young Ju Jeong, Xiaqing Pan, Chen Chen, Shangwen Li, Jian Li, Chun-Ting Huang  and Hao Xu. Congratulations to them and their families for their accomplishments in completing their PhD program at USC.

Ms. Young Ju Jeong joined the MCL in 2005 Fall firstly as a MS student and then a PhD student. Young Ju took a leave of absence, returned to Korea and worked as a research engineer in the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) in 2007 August. She has resumed her PhD program remotely since two years ago by taking courses through DEN and communicating with Professor Kuo on her research progress.Her dissertation title is “Autostereoscopic 3D Display Rendering from Stereo Sequences”.

Xiaqing Pan received his B.S. degree in University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), Shanghai, China in 2010 and M.S.E.E. degree in USC, Los Angeles, U.S.A. in 2012. He joined MCL in 2012 Fall. His research interests include 3-D mesh classification and retrieval, super-resolution and computer vision.

Chen Chen received his bachelor degree from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecoms and earned his M.S. at the University of Southern California. In Prof. Kuo’s Media and Creative Lab, he focuses on computer vision research topics.

Jian Li received his B.S. degree from department of Electronic Science and Technology at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2009. He obtained his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC) in 2011. He is currently pursuing PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at USC. He is a Research Assistant at Media Communications Lab advised by Prof. C.-C. Jay Kuo. His [...]

By |May 15th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Seven MCL Members Attended Viterbi PhD Hooding Ceremony|

Interview with MCL member Yiyue Zhang

In spring 2016, MCL welcomes a new lab member, Yiyue Zhang. We had an short interview with her.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself? (Previous research experience, project experience, research interest and expertise)
I am a transfer student to USC via a 3/2 dual degree program. I am majoring Electrical Engineering at USC and holding a B.S. Physics degree from my previous school. I used to be a tutor for upper division Physics courses and volunteer as a teaching assistant at a primary school in San Francisco Bay area. Because I just started my study in EE flied, I have limited experience in doing research. After reading some papers and news, I found that I have special interest in computer vision. I would like to start to learn and maybe contribute more in the future on Computer Vision.

2. What’s your first impression of USC and MCL?
USC is a fabulous university. It holds one of the best teaching term and resources in the U.S.. Students come from different countries with various backgrounds and cultures. We help each other and we learn from each other. Its diversity gives every student an opportunity to understand the world not only from classes, but also from each other. USC and its diversity help students to develop both their technical and communicating skills. MCL is a great epitome of the diversity at USC.

3. What’s your future expectation for MCL?
As an undergraduate student in MCL, I am willing to learn more on computer vision. I am hoping to get more experience on doing research.

By |May 9th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Interview with MCL member Yiyue Zhang|
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    MCL participates in USC/VSoE safety and Security Initiative Project

MCL participates in USC/VSoE safety and Security Initiative Project

MCL is participating in the USC/VSoE safety and Security Initiative Project to develop advanced video surveillance programs using a CNN-based object detection algorithm. MCL director, Prof. C.-C. Jay Kuo, proposed a plan for introducing a robust and accurate detection, tracking and recognition algorithm into the existing USC Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) surveillance infrastructure. Two MCL PhD students, Hao Xu and Eddy Wu, will be developing and implementing the proposed system. One master intern student, Terna Kpamber, has also been assigned to the project to implement the front-end user interface.

The proposed system includes three functionalities. First, the visual data extracted from the DPS cameras will be processed and the metadata (car type, color, etc.) will be extracted out of the available video footage. Second, the metadata will be archived, organized, and utilized to determine the trajectory of the detected vehicle. Third, the vehicle behavior can be retrieved based on its trajectory. The MCL team appreciates the prompt assistance from the USC DPS officers in providing training data and validating the algorithm.

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