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Interview with MCL Summer Intern Student Ryan Wong

We are so happy to welcome a new senior high school student – Ryan Wong to our lab in 2016 summer. Let us hear what he said about the intern in our group.

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

I’m a high school rising senior in Concordia International School Shanghai. I came to USC this summer as an intern for MCL. This is my first official research experience working under Professor Kuo as a student/intern. I’ve previously researched game design and entrepreneurship in Colombia University.

2.What’s your first impression of USC and MCL?

For the past week I’ve been learning how to use Matlab, an engineering software used by engineers and scientists. Matlab uses several computer language such as C++, which I’m not familiar with; however, after a week of personal tutoring by Yi Fang and Chen, MCL members of USC undergrads, I’ve gotten familiar with Matlab and this new computer language called C++. I’m glad to have met them as my mentors for the past week, and I’m looking forward for the upcoming 5 weeks of research and entrepreneurship with them.

3. What’s your future expectation for MCL?

I hope MCL will deepen my language in Computer Science and better prepare me in my AP Computer Science course next semester in high school.


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MCL Join MediFor Research Project

Professor Jay Kuo has joined an international team led by Professor Ed Delp of Purdue University to develop a system for military intelligence that would detect doctored images and video and determine specifically how they were manipulated.

A huge volume of images and video of potential intelligence value are uploaded daily to the Internet. However, visual media are easily manipulated using software tools that are readily available to the public. The researchers will strive to create an “end-to-end” system capable of handling the massive volume of media uploaded regularly to the Internet. Such a system also could have potential commercial applications, representing a potential tool for news and social media platforms to authenticate images and video before posting them.

The project is funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The team’s co-principal investigators are Walter Scheirer, Kevin W. Bowyer, and Patrick J. Flynn from the University of Notre Dame; Anderson Rocha from the University of Campinas in Brazil; C.-C. Jay Kuo from the University of Southern California; Paolo Bestagini and Stefano Tubaro at Politecnico di Milano in Italy; Mauro Barni at the University of Siena in Italy; and Nasir Memon at New York University.

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    Congratulations to Professor Kuo for Receiving Taylor L. Booth Education Award

Congratulations to Professor Kuo for Receiving Taylor L. Booth Education Award

Professor C.-C. Jay Kuo received the 2016 Taylor L. Booth Education Award from the IEEE Computer Society in Atlanta, June 8, 2016. The Taylor L. Booth Education Award commemorates outstanding records in computer science and engineering education. Accompanied by a bronze medal and $5,000 honorarium, the award recognizes achievement as a teacher of renown in a relevant and applicable course; writing an influential text; leading, inspiring, or providing significant educational content during the creation of a curriculum in the field; or inspiring others to a career in computer science and engineering education. Professor Kuo was cited “for excellence as an inspiring educator and for distinguished contributions to multimedia education with impact on academic and industry realms.”
In the award banquet, Professor Kuo gave a short speech — “In my 30-year academic career, nothing has been more rewarding than serving as an advisor for a large number of talented and hard-working PhD students. Besides guiding them in conducting high quality research, I teach them respectable academic practices such as being cooperative team players and good citizens in technical communities. As time goes by, scientific knowledge and technological innovation will be archived. It is the well-trained next-generation who will lead our society forward.” Professor Kuo also expressed his appreciation to the IEEE Computer Society for the recognition and the love and support from his family and students.

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Professor Kuo Gave Keynote Speech at QoMEX 2016

Professor C.-C. Jay Kuo gave a keynote speech at the 8th International Conference on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX) in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 6th. The title of his talk is “Perceptual Coding: Hype or Hope?”. The abstract of his talk is given below.
“There has been a significant progress in image/video coding in the last 50 years, and many visual coding standards have been established, including JPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264/AVC and H.265, in the last three decades. The visual coding research field has reached a mature stage, and the question “is there anything left for image/video coding?” arises in recent years. One emerging R&D topic is “perceptual coding”. That is, we may leverage the characteristics of the human visual system (HVS) to achieve a higher coding gain. For example, we may change the traditional quality/distortion measure (i.e., PSNR/MSE) to a new perceptual quality/distortion measure and take visual saliency and spatial-temporal masking effects into account. Recent developments in this area will be reviewed first. However, “is it sufficient to keep visual coding research vibrant and prosperous for another decade with such a modification?” The answer is probably not. In this talk, I will present a new HVS-centric coding framework that is dramatically differently from the past. This framework is centered on two key concepts – the stair quality function (SQF) and the Just-Noticeable-Differences (JND). It will lead to numerous new R&D opportunities and revolutionize coding research with modern machine learning tools.”
Perceptual coding is one of the main activities of the MCL in last 5-6 years. Several PhD students and post-doc have made contributions to this topic, including Sudeng Hu, Yu-Chieh Lin, Lina Jin and Haiqiang Wang. This project has been supported by Netflix [...]

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