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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|
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    Hyunsuk Ko Shared His Experience on PhD Study and Job Hunting

Hyunsuk Ko Shared His Experience on PhD Study and Job Hunting

Congratulations to Hyunsuk Ko, a current MCL member, for getting an offer from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ERTI).ETRI is one of the best known Korean research labs in the area of information and communications technologies with international reputation and visibility. Hyunsuk has accepted the offer and will join the Department of “Realistic Broadcasting Media Research” as a senior researcher. He will conduct research on 3D/UHDTV broadcasting technology, high-efficiency/scalable video coding etc. in the next several years.

Hyunsuk said, “Most companies are actively hiring good candidates nowadays. There are more openings for software engineers than any other positions because giant IT companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook etc. are leading the market. On the other hand, if you have an expertise in big data analysis, machine learning and computer vision, the chance to get a decent offer increases significantly, which means that MCL members do have a bright future.”

Hyunsuk got offers from Korean companies such as Samsung and LG and Korean national research lab, ETRI. He had interviews with US companies such as Apple, Google, and Amazon as well. After pondering his future career between ETRI and these IT companies, Hyunsuk eventually decided to join ETRI to be an academic researcher rather than being an engineer. Besides, his research background fits the need of the ETRI team very well.

Looking backward on his PhD life, Hyunsuk said that his major growth came from the process of being trained as an independent researcher. Hyunsuk got his MS degree by working on H.264/AVC video coding only. In contrast, he conducted research on quite a few topics during his PhD years, such as 2D-to-3D conversion, HEVC-based 3D video, objective quality metric development for stereoscopic images, and other stereovision [...]

By |March 29th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Hyunsuk Ko Shared His Experience on PhD Study and Job Hunting|

MCL alumni shared successful start-up experience

Dr. Keith Chang and Dr. Chloe Dai both received their Ph.Ds in Electrical Engineering from USC in 2010 as members of MCL. They founded Southbay Technologies in 2012. Southbay is a post-production company with strong research and technology capability in entertainment industry, specializing in researching and applying latest algorithms including signal processing, machine vision, and fluid dynamics to entertainment industry. 3D stereo post production is the first application Southbay developed. Within just two and half years, Southbay has worked on numerous blockbuster films such as Luc Besson’s LUCY 3D. It is widely praised amongst industrial professionals and audience for its superior stereo quality ( http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/taken-3-get-3d-theatrical-770603 ).

Dr. Chang and Dr. Dai visited MCL recently and shared their experience regarding startup both in US and China. Their talk focused on the business and finance aspects of the startup experience. As researchers and engineers themselves, their point of view on startup and its associated business matters can easily be appreciated by MCL students. Dr. Chang and Dr. Dai hope this talk will help prepare fellow MCL students who wish to become startup entrepreneurs in their future endeavors.

By |March 22nd, 2015|News|Comments Off on MCL alumni shared successful start-up experience|

Interview with Visiting Scholar Professor Songbin Li

In March 2015, MCLab has a new visiting scholar, Prof. Songbin Li. Prof. Li is Professor at Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Science, China. We are glad to have an interview with him, talking about his previous research experiences and future expectations at USC.

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself and describe your previous research experience?

I come from the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Before joining IOA in 2012, I received my Ph.D. from the National Network New Media Engineering Research Center (3NMedia), Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Science in 2010 and then I worked as a post-doc in the Department of Electronic Engineering at Tsinghua University. My research focuses on multimedia signal processing especially on multimedia forensics and security, as well as steganography and steganalysis. I am also interested in creative technology related to network new media, such as computer animation and film special effects production technology.

2. What is your first impression of USC and MCLab?

USC is a world-famous university and the campus is very beautiful. USC is full of diversity, where students and faculties are from various countries and ethnic groups. As for MCLab, Prof. Kuo has, to a remarkable extent, a global reputation in multimedia technology area. Under his lead, the MCLab is vital and high-yielding of scientific papers. The students in MCLab are all very smart, enthusiastic and hard-working. I think they will make a difference in the future.

3. What is your future expectation and plan in MCLab? ​

I have several aims of my visit. First, I would like to join a certain subgroup related to steganography and steganalysis, aiming to make some contribution to MCLab. Second, I hope to continue the research [...]

By |March 6th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Interview with Visiting Scholar Professor Songbin Li|

Welcome new lab assistant in MCLab – Yifang Chen

In 2015 Spring semester, Yifang Chen is our new lab assistant in MCLab. She is a freshman and shows strong curiosity about how academic research works. We have an interview with her, talking about herself and her thoughts on USC and MCLab.


1. What is your first impression of USC and MCLab?

USC is much better than I expect. Every EE professor here cares much about students, not only in academic aspect but also in professional and personal interest aspects. People here are passionate. Actually it is hard to be depressed in such bright sunshine. This kind of environment always encourages me to try as best as I can.

As for MCLab, I actually was nervous before emailing Professor Kuo and seeing Eddy and Joe. However, after that, I find that everyone is kind and willing to help me. I feel I am lucky and hope I can insist on working in the lab. And I believe working with these intelligent and helpful lab members will definitely benefit me a lot in my future academic endeavor.


2. What makes you want to know more about research?

When I attended IEEE at USC, I listened to some research presentations given by junior students – one was about signal and astronomy. Although I could not understand very well, I felt these researches were really fascinating, so they advised me to contact some professors.

To be honest, it is hard for an international student and freshman to start signal processing related study independently but I do want to challenge myself in this area, so I think maybe I could join a research group and prepare for my graduate study.


3. What do you want to learn from working with MCLab members?

I hope to get some hands-on experience because I know [...]

By |March 1st, 2015|News|Comments Off on Welcome new lab assistant in MCLab – Yifang Chen|
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    Professor Kuo Discussed Challenges and Opportunities in Computing and Communications on Big Data at ICNC 2015

Professor Kuo Discussed Challenges and Opportunities in Computing and Communications on Big Data at ICNC 2015

MCL Director, Professor C.-C. Jay Kuo, was invited to be a speaker and panelist in the Innovation Theme session “Big Data: Challenges and Opportunities in Computing and Communications” of the IEEE International Conference on Networking and Communications (ICNC), held in Anaheim, California, February 16-19, 2015. ICNC 2015 was technically co-sponsored by IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Communications Society, financially sponsored by Technology Innovation Association. It is alternately held in Hawaii and California every year.

Professor Kuo pointed out two main challenges in big data – the filtering problem and the prediction problem. The filtering problem refers to how to find useful and relevant information from a huge amount of data. Although data is in huge amount, the information of interest is little. A lot of noise exists and buries the important information. Professor Kuo used “finding a needle in a haystack” as an analogy. One immediate scientific method to address this problem is to develop a more advanced search engine for image/video exploiting computer vision techniques. The prediction problem asked how to predict future trends, for instance, to predict the explosion of a large flu or the results of political elections, based on existing data. Professor Kuo emphasized that we need to find out “does big data truly help increase prediction accuracy or does it in fact confuse people with noise”.

In addition, Professor Kuo, in his speech, addressed one challenge in big visual data communication, that is, the broadband video is too expensive to be transmitted in a massive distributed manner. He proposed an alternative, which is to exploit “semantic compression” where the computer vision technology can be used to tag video contents so that, instead of sending video, only meta data such as tags [...]

By |February 22nd, 2015|News|Comments Off on Professor Kuo Discussed Challenges and Opportunities in Computing and Communications on Big Data at ICNC 2015|

Professor Guanghui Liu visited MCL

On Tuesday (2/10), Professor Guanghui Liu, from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), visited the Multimedia Communication Lab. Professor Kuo and Liu introduced the recent research situation both in computer vision and digital communication to each other,shared some technical experience in projects and applications, discussed the challenges and trends in computer vision and digital communication. From the visit,Prof. Liu learned about the history and current situation of MCL, and hopes to establish cooperation with MCL both in student training and academic research in the future.

Prof. Liu received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from UESTC, Chengdu, China, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. During 2005 – 2008, he worked as a senior Engineer in Samsung Electronics, South Korea. Since 2009, he has been with the School of Electronic Engineering of UESTC. His research interests include digital signal processing and telecommunications, with an emphasis on digital video transmission, and OFDM techniques. In these areas, he has published over 40 papers in refereed journals or conferences, and holds over 20 patents (granted and pending). He also served as the Publication Chair of the 2010 international symposium on Intelligent Signal Processing and Communication Systems.

By |February 17th, 2015|News|Comments Off on Professor Guanghui Liu visited MCL|