Monthly Archives: September 2016

Welcome New MCL Member Anubhuti Mittal

We are so glad to welcome a new MCL member, Anubhuti Mittal. Here is an interview with Anubhuti.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself? (Previous research experience, project experience, research interest and expertise)
 
I am presently pursuing Master’s in Electrical Engineering at USC. I have done my Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, India. I have research interests in Computer Vision and Image Processing. Previously, I have worked on a project on ‘Statistical Analysis of Moving Tongue Contours using Ultrasound Video Sequences’ as a research intern in ETS, Montreal. In this project I quantitatively estimated the variability in tongue shapes of various speech sounds. I also worked on similar projects in my undergraduate.

 

2. What’s your first impression of USC and MCL?
 
I was introduced to MCL during the Friday seminar with the inspirational words of Prof. Kuo. It was quite motivating to know the culture of the lab and the fact that it is not just about learning but also sharing that learning with everyone. I was glad to meet the members of the lab, who were so friendly!

 

3. What’s your future expectation for MCL?
 
Since one month working in the lab, I feel I have already learnt so many new things in Computer Vision and am still learning many more. I believe, working in MCL would not only teach me Computer Vision but also improve my communication skills which are as much important in industry as research experience.

By |September 25th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Member Anubhuti Mittal|

Welcome New MCL Member Ruiyuan Lin

We are so glad to welcome Ruiyuan Lin to join our group as a Ph.D. student, starting from Fall 2016 . Here is an interview with Ruiyuan.
 

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself? (Previous research experience, project experience, research interest and expertise)
 
 I received my BEng degree in Information Engineering from City University of Hong Kong in July 2016. My previous project experiences are mainly in the field of image processing and computer vision. I also have strong interest in seismic signal processing.

 

2. What’s your first impression of USC and MCL?
 
 People in MCL are all very nice and helpful. I have received a lot of help from them since I joined the group. Also, MCL members are all very enthusiastic about their research and work really hard.

 

3. What’s your future expectation for MCL?
 
 I wish to make good friends with other members. And I hope to learn a lot of new stuff and get involved in cool research.

By |September 18th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Member Ruiyuan Lin|

Entrepreneurship Course Presentations

During past summer, Professor Kuo taught the Entrepreneurship course for summer interns. We are so glad to have presentations on companies from summer interns. Here are interviews with three interns
 

Yiyue Zhang:
The company I choose to present is the Pokemon Company, which is a joint investment from Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. This company was established in 1998. And it is famous of Pokemon TV series, Pokemon games, and the Pokemon Go App nowadays. The success of Pokemon Go App leads to a significant increase in the company’s stock. I think it is worth for me to investigate how and why this App can attract our attention so quickly and world widely. In this case study, I will introduce about the Pokemon Company, and focus on pros and cons from the success of this App, as well as the future of this company.

 
Xinyao:
The company I plan to introduce today is SenseTime, which is a start-up company focusing on the field of Computer Vision and Deep Learning. Founded in 2014, SenseTime is a young company but grows quickly. So in my entrepreneurship presentation, I would give some background information about SenseTime first as most people are not familiar with it. Then I would introduce some critical people and the core techniques of this company. Finally I would discuss its key to success and potential challenges in the future.
 
Di Fu:
My Case Study is about Micro-Star International(MSI), a Taiwanese information technology multinational. Initially MSI sell the motherboard as their main product and then extend its market to the garphics card, notepad and pc. Facing the crisis around 2010 the discent of profit on motherboard. MSI  began to change its focus from motherboard to the e-sport and [...]

By |September 11th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Entrepreneurship Course Presentations|

Welcome New MCL Member Yeji Shen

We are so happy to welcome a new Ph.D. student, Yeji Shen, in fall 2016. Here is an interview with him.

 

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

Before becoming a Ph.D. student in USC, I got my bachelor degree in Computer Science from Peking University. My past research experience includes Image Quality Assessment (IQA), a little bit on Computational Neuroscience and a few on Computer Vision (CV) and Deep Learning. I have published one paper on IQA under the supervision of Prof. Tingting Jiang. She is also the advisor of my bachelor thesis. I was having a wonderful experience last summer in Carnegie Mellon University working with Prof. Tai Sing Lee on an EEG based project. My research interest is mainly about exploring the essentials of Machine Learning (ML) theory and applying ML techniques to multiple areas like CV, or ultimately speaking, the Artificial Intelligence. I was having strong programming skills 🙂 but relatively thin knowledge in mathematics and statistics where I am trying to improve through the training of Ph.D. program. Personally, I play baseball / softball and possess some skills in Slow Pitch. I like games and animations.

 

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

USC has a beautiful campus which stands head and shoulders above the environment nearby. Convenient facilities, gyms and fountains are everywhere. She is a university with history and culture. I am looking forward to becoming a proud Trojan nourished by USC.

MCL is an awesome and prospering research group having more than 20 friendly and hardworking members. Everything goes well under the supervision of Prof. Kuo. Prof. Kuo is profound in knowledge and research. He is a very nice advisor and also a senior worthy [...]

By |September 10th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Member Yeji Shen|
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    Congratulations to Yuzhuo Ren for Passing Her Qualifying Exam

Congratulations to Yuzhuo Ren for Passing Her Qualifying Exam

Yuzhuo Ren successfully passed her PhD Qualifying Exam on August 29, 2016. The title of her Ph.D. thesis proposal is “Outdoor and Indoor Layout Estimation Using Machine Learning Techniques”. Her Qualifying Exam committee consisted of Jay Kuo (Chair), Sandy Sawchuk, Antonio Ortega, Panos Georgiou and Aiichro Nakano (Outside Member).

In her proposal, two systems are proposed to address outdoor layout estimation problem and indoor layout estimation problem. A global-attributes assisted labeling (GAL) system is proposed to address outdoor layout estimation problem. The proposed GAL system exploits both local features and global attributes, which consists of three stages, namely, initial pixel labeling, global attributes extraction and label refinement.  A coarse-to-fine indoor layout estimation (CFILE) method is proposed. The proposed CFILE method combines bottom-up knowledge from deep learning with top-down prior knowledge. The proposed GAL system and CFILE system achieve state-of-the-art performance.

By |September 7th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Congratulations to Yuzhuo Ren for Passing Her Qualifying Exam|

MCL Members Shared Summer Internship Experiences

In summer 2016, four MCL members—Siyang Li, Chen Chen, Shangwen Li, and Jian Li—worked for Google, Facebook (Chen and Shangwen), and Apple respectively as summer interns. We are so glad to have them share their internship experience.

 

1. How was working in Apple/Facebook/Google?

Jian: The working environment and atmosphere in Apple are amazing but very unique when having Internship at Apple. You can work with smart people all around the world, who are friendly and helpful. Mentors and managers work closely with interns so that we can make contributions. I was working as a R&D role, which I enjoyed a lot. Moreover, you can also find good work and life balance here since there were several special events only for Apple summer interns.
Siyang Li: This was my second intern at Google, so everything went quite smoothly. My colleagues were friendly and helpful. Whenever I got stuck, my host answered my question quickly and pointed to helpful resources. Life there was easy, as almost everything (food, gym, laundry) was free. I guess this is Google’s trick to make you more concentrated on work.
Chen and Shangwen: It is firstly excited to get into Facebook—one of the top IT company in the work. On the first day of our training session, we met a lot of young genius from top Universities. We started to feel pressure from then. In the company, everyone is smart and diligent. That makes the moving pace extremely fast for the whole team. It is good to visualize, experience and push the high speed and learn from the genius around us. On the other side, there is still a lot of fun during the time we are in Facebook. There are many interesting [...]

By |September 4th, 2016|News|Comments Off on MCL Members Shared Summer Internship Experiences|