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Welcome New MCL Lab Member Jiali Duan

We are so happy to welcome a new Ph.D. student, Jiali Duan, in Fall 2017. Let us hear what he said about his research and MCL.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

I’m Jiali Duan from Chinese Academy of Sciences, who is passionate and enthusiastic about life and research, never cease to explore. From 2015.9-2016.3, I interned at AuthenMetric for Face Recognition and Liveness Detection. From 2014-2017, I worked closely with Prof. Stan Z, Li and published papers related to detection, face benchmark and video recognition. I also had an intern experience at Sensetime for image/video segmentation. In 2017, I was awarded with UCAS Presidential Award and Excellent Beijing Graduate. More information about me is also available at https://davidsonic.github.io/index/.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

MCL is an exuberant, marvelous family, in which I have made acquaintances with people who are intelligent and hospitable. I’m also very fortunate to meet Prof. Kuo, a kind and gentle mentor, who has a strong belief and ideal about research. As for my impression about USC, I have never ceased to be awed by its aesthetic beauty and mysteriously stunning appeal. I especially enjoy the sunshine and Romanesque architecture here at LA.

3. What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

I would like to dedicate myself to research in the next coming years, pursuing the brightest pearl on the crown of the academia. I hope that my efforts could contribute as much as possible to our lab. My future expectation about MCL is that all group members could fight together, for the prosperity of our lab.

By |August 20th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Lab Member Jiali Duan|

Welcome New MCL Lab Member Shuo Wang

We are so happy to welcome a new master student, Shuo Wang, in Fall 2017. Let us hear what he said about his research and MCL.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

My name is Shuo Wang, a master student in the University of Southern California majoring in Electrical Engineering. I acquired my bachelor’s degree from Beihang University in June, 2016, and my major was the Electronic and Information Engineering, which is similar with the one in the USC. I am interested in the digital signal and image processing and concentrate on the development of the neural network from the time when I made my graduation project on the neural network in Beihang University. In the project, the artificial neural network (ANN) is applied to calculate the parameter of the antenna based on the feature of the electromagnetic field. Now, I am looking into the application of the convolutional neural network (CNN) on the signal and image processing and doing the research with Weihao and Matt to apply the CNN to do the multiple object tracking (MOT) in a video sequence.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

Firstly, I am really impressed by the DEN in USC because it can help us to deeply understand the knowledge structure in a course, which helps us to build a system for the direction we studied. In fact, the DEN network is unbelievable for me because of its multiple functions. In addition, I was impressed by the advanced facilities (especially the GPU) when I entered the MCL at first. I originally applied my own computer to process the experiment, which is really difficult because it is always out of memory since the lack of [...]

By |August 13th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Lab Member Shuo Wang|

Welcome Summer Intern Student Yubo Zhang

We are so happy to welcome a new summer intern student, Yubo, in Summer 2017. Let us hear what she said about her research and MCL.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

I’m Yubo Zhang, a junior undergraduate from Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. I had participated in two projects in circuits analysis and bioinformatics area respectively in my sophomore year. My research interest turns to computer vision right now. Besides, I have passion to apply computer vision as well as deep learning methods to practical areas, such as medical images and HRI problems.

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

Although USC doesn’t hold a big campus, I am impressed by its beautiful scenery and well-designed architectures. I can feel it’s a school with confidence and proud. MCL has a friendly and hospitable environment. Everyone here has a positive attitude and is willing to help. Also, it is a lab where every member is enthusiastic about his/her work. A wonderful place to do research and it’s my honor to join MCL!

3. What’s your future expectation for MCL?

It is a good chance for me to learn more about deep learning, computer vision, and above all, how to do research in this area. Hope I can contribute much to my project and to my group.

By |August 6th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome Summer Intern Student Yubo Zhang|

Welcome Summer Intern Student Han Shi

We are so happy to welcome a new summer intern student, Han Shi, in Summer 2017. Let us hear what he said about his research and MCL.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

I am Han Shi from the Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. My research interests are data mining and computer vision. I spent my sophomore year in data mining and networks. After that, I find my interests in Artificial Intelligence, and want to do some research in this field.

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

The first time I entered USC, I was fascinated by its beautiful scene. And I think MCL is a suitable group to do research, whose atmosphere is very positive. The professor and other seniors are very kind to me, and give a lot of help to me.

3. What’s your future expectation for MCL?

I want to make some progress in video forecasting, which I am interested in. During the time here, I will try my best to learn somethings from excellent people here from any aspects.

By |July 30th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome Summer Intern Student Han Shi|

Welcome Summer Intern Student Zhilin Lu

We are so happy to welcome a new summer intern student, Zhilin Lu, in Summer 2017. Let us hear what he said about his research and MCL.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

I am LU ZHILIN from the department of electronic engineering, Tsinghua, Beijing, and my hometown is Inner Mongolia.

My main research interest is Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. And I am interested in Computer Vision and Media Compression as well. These areas can actually form a sort of aggregation and improve one another. AR and VR technology is not that mature so far and there are still many problems to settle both in technology and commerce.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

MCL (Media Communications Lab) is a really wonderful place to join, providing open and passionate research environment.

Professor Kuo is a very kind and wise man and his opinion, like “You can’t be an engineer all along your career” really impressed me a lot. I meet loads of friendly, motivated and skillful seniors here as well and they help me in my research and life greatly.

When it comes to USC, I just want to say it’s really a beautiful school! Great sense of design is everywhere in the whole campus. What’s more, the P.E. and School of Cinematic Arts of USC are both fantastic.

3. What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

I am leaving on August 12th and I do look forward to improving my research skills and accomplishing some concrete works before that. Besides, I hope that a long-term connection between friends that I make here and me can be made as well.

By |July 23rd, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome Summer Intern Student Zhilin Lu|

Welcome Summer Intern Student Abhishek Panigrahi

We are so happy to welcome a new summer intern student, Abhishek Panigrahi, in Summer 2017. Let us hear what he said about his research and MCL.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

My name is Abhishek Panigrahi. I am a fourth year undergraduate student in  the department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur. I have come for my summer internship in MCL. I like mathematics and its applications in various tasks. I have also developed an interest for machine learning and deep learning. The scope that I see for myself in deep learning is that a lot of things are still unanswered and require mathematics to describe “why they work?”. It’s my desire to solve the deepest secrets of deep learning models with mathematics.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

I have already spent a couple of weeks here. Based on my experience, people here in MCL are really helpful. I am enjoying myself here. So far I have met a great group of motivated and passionate individuals all offering unique perspectives. The thing that I like about all of them is that there is a friendship bond binding all of them and it didn’t take much time for that bond to bind me as well. I shall try to know all of them, their research and be a part of this immense network by the end of my 2 month stay.

3. What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

My ambition here is to try to learn the working of residual network and see if I can apply mathematics to do so. My another ambition is to make new friends here and interact with all of them, so [...]

By |June 4th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome Summer Intern Student Abhishek Panigrahi|

Welcome New MCL Lab Member Shilpashree Rao

We are so happy to welcome a new master student, Shilpashree Rao, in Summer 2017. Let us hear what she said about her research and MCL.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

My name is Shilpashree Rao, pursuing Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at University of Southern California. My research interests include Image Processing, Computer Vision, Machine learning and Robotics. The collaboration of innovation and knowledge describes my life wherein my interest towards these areas was sown by my ardor for art and creativity. I have previously advanced research studies on imaging techniques for facial expression detection and face recognition mechanisms for bio-metric applications. The research results have been published in National and IEEE publications. I have always enjoyed developing robots for social cause and I look forward to progress this with amalgamation of Machine learning, Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence technologies.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

I like the liveliness and the dynamic environment at USC. The people I have met here are focused, intelligent and of course fun-loving! USC and the location itself is great to build professional network. The opportunities to learn and explore recent technologies are unlimited here. MCL is one such lab at USC which nurtures such motivated students, providing resources and learning for advanced practical applications.

3. What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

My future expectation at the MCL lab is to develop my skills and learning in deep learning techniques and image processing. To innovate and utilize these skills for practical purposes.

By |June 1st, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Lab Member Shilpashree Rao|

Welcome New MCL Lab Member Chang Xu

We are so happy to welcome a new master student, Chang Xu, in Summer 2017. Let us hear what he said about his research and MCL.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

My name is Chang Xu, I am a graduate student at USC pursuing Electrical Engineering Degree. I used to study Automation in my undergraduate study. However, after I learned something relate to data science and machine learning, I found that I love to pursue machine learning path to do something for the data. I have passion for learning computer languages like, C++ and python and love applying what I have learned in electrical engineering into practice by some projects.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

I have already been in USC for a year. I love the environment and academic atmosphere here. USC has best professors in the world and enough research resources for students. The MCL is a community of passionate and intelligent students who pursue their research relate to communication and data. I love talking to people in MCL because I can learn a lot of knowledge every time.

3. What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

To be honest, after taking the course EE569, I love convolutional neural network and machine learning. I want to learn more about them and apply them into some real practice. I hope I can get familiar with how to conduct real research and get to know the fantastic parts of academic life.

By |May 28th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Lab Member Chang Xu|

Welcome New MCL Lab Member Zhuwei Xu

We are so happy to welcome a new master student, Zhuwei Xu, in Summer 2017. Let us hear what she said about her research and MCL.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

My name is Zhuwei Xu, a master student in Electronic Engineering Department. I pursued my undergraduate degree in Electronic Science and Technology in Sichuan University. I have an interest of research in new fields. I like to know the latest techniques and apply them to different problems. I learnt a lot about signal processing and probability. I would like to be a researcher and explore the unknown knowledge. Nowadays, my research interests are machine learning and image processing.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

I consider MCL is a great laboratory for me, since I would like to make some contribution in multimedia. Also, I think machine learning is a great idea for many new fields, so I am eager to apply some machine learning ideas on multimedia things.

USC is an outstanding university, it has many excellent faculties and peers in EE department. I want to learn from them and improve my abilities.

3. What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

My research direction will focus on ‘object localization and classification’ this summer. I hope I can know more things about multimedia, machine learning and how to do research. I would like to do some exciting works, and build connections with people in this laboratory.

By |May 25th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Lab Member Zhuwei Xu|

Welcome New MCL Lab Member Xuejing Lei

We are so happy to welcome a new master student, Xuejing Lei, in Summer 2017. Let us hear what she said about her research and MCL.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

I’m Xuejing Lei, a graduate student pursuing an Electrical Engineering MS degree at USC. I received my B.S. degree from the School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China in 2016. In my senior year, my partner and I designed an EEG-based control 3D games using motor imagery BCI. That is, subject can play simple games such as reduced Fruit-Cut or Mario by doing some motor imagery or not. Now, my research interest is to learn more about CNN and DNN in image processing and machine learning.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

I have met a group of motivated and intelligent individuals in USC and MCL. Professor Kuo is very kind and professional. Everyone I will ever meet knows something I don’t. I hope I can communicate with them and learn more from them.

3. What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

I will focus on research of object detection from video this summer. I hope to consolidate my knowledge of image processing, especially CNN and DNN and learn more about development trends of image processing and computer vision. Besides, meeting new individuals is also very attractive. I can’t wait to know them all and make lasting connection with them.

By |May 21st, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Lab Member Xuejing Lei|