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Welcome New MCL Member – Yao Zhu

We are happy to welcome a MCL summer intern – Yao Zhu! Here is an interview with Yao:

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

My name is Yao Zhu. I am currently pursuing my Master degree of Electrical Engineering in USC. I graduated from Central South University in Hunan, Changsha, China. In research area, I am an avid learner in computer vision, artificial intelligence and machine learning. In my spare time, I have wide range of hobbies including doing sports, music, cook, etc. My favorite sport is table tennis.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

USC is a beautiful and charming community with strong cohesion. It welcomes students from every country in the world to come to US and pursue their dreams. I am glad to be in Trojan family and I’ll do my contribution to this big family. In MCL I feel like in a big family as well. Labmates are kind and always willing to give a hand. What’s more, they are all extraordinary in their field and I can learn a lot from them.

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

I am working with Jiali, Saksham, Pranav as a team on Face Synthesis. They are excellent teammates and I appreciate working together with them. In the futures, I hope I can successfully accomplish this task and open up new road of synthesis.

By |June 24th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Member – Yao Zhu|

Welcome New MCL Member – Angela Wang

We are happy to welcome a MCL summer intern – Angela Wang! Here is an interview with Angela:

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

My name is Angela Wang, I am a rising junior undergraduate studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley. I will be joining MCL as a summer intern. Some of my research interests include machine learning and robotics. Apart from academics, I enjoy some hobbies including hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, cooking, baking, and traveling.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

MCL is an impressive community of people filled with bright, motivated, and intelligent people. Everyone is friendly and pleasure to meet. Also, I appreciate the amount of guidance that Professor Kuo seems to give to every member. Furthermore, it is quite amazing to see the amount of women in this lab, as it is quite rare in the STEM field to have about a 50/50 ratio.

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

For this summer, I will be working with Bin on a natural language processing project, specifically word embedding. Under the guidance of Professor Kuo and Bin, I am excited to learn a lot and work on an interesting project. And also, I hope to meet many others in the MCL community.

 

 

By |June 18th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Member – Angela Wang|

Welcome New MCL Member – Yingpeng Deng

We are happy to welcome a MCL summer intern – Yingpeng Deng! Here is an interview with Yingpeng:

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

My name is Yingpeng Deng, a first-year master student in Electrical Engineering at USC. I’ve graduated from Tianjin University, China in 2017 and was enrolled in USC to pursue my master’s degree. I am fascinated in basketball, hiking, pop & rock music, video games, oh, and research (laugh). As a member of MCL in this summer, my research interests are image processing, object classification and machine learning.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

The first time I met USC, I was surprised by her beauty and elegance. There are so many trees and green lands for people to relax and rest. I like to have a walk within the campus in my spare time. What’s more, the various kinds of restaurants inside and outside the campus can always satisfy my stomach and cure all my bad moods. MCL first impressed my with its big number of members, as well as with a bunch of positive lab mates and a hard-working and enthusiastic professor. I felt really excited to learn from them.

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

I am glad to be assigned to work on the topic of object classification with another outstanding lab mate, Wei. Now We are working on extract the discriminative regions in the object images before classification by Saak transform. I hope to achieve the best of Saak transform with our efforts in the future.

By |June 10th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Member – Yingpeng Deng|

Welcome New MCL Member – Saksham Suri

We are happy to welcome a MCL summer intern – Saksham Suri! Here is an interview with Saksham:

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

Hi, I am Saksham Suri. I am a 3rd year undergraduate at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. I am pursuing my B.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering. My research interests lie in the field of machine learning and deep learning. Some of my past projects included Adversarial Learning on Medical Images, Deep Reinforcement Learning on Atari Games and Transferring Intuitions to Improve Classifier Performance with Limited Labeled Data. Other than academics I really like swimming.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

It’s been around 2 weeks since I came to USC and even in this short span I have felt a welcoming and helpful attitude of the students here. Everyone is ready to assist. Due to this kind of an environment I am always comfortable and am able to interact with others. I am also quite amazed by the beauty of the campus and the architecture of the various buildings.

MCL has a tradition of weekly seminars which I think would be really helpful as every week we can learn something new and also interact with the other members. Besides, I have majorly interacted more with my project team. Everyone in the team is approachable and we treat each other like a family. We even went on an outing together which really helped in coming to know each other better.

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

My project team consists of Jiali, Yao and Pranav and our main area of focus would be “High-Resolution Face Image Synthesis using MSG”. I am certain that through [...]

By |June 4th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Member – Saksham Suri|

Welcome New MCL Member – Pranav Kulkarni

We are happy to welcome a MCL summer intern – Pranav Kulkarni! Here is an interview with Pranav:

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

I am Pranav Kulkarni, a 3rd-year undergraduate student from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India with major in Electrical Engineering and minor in Computer Science. I am joining MCL as a summer intern for 2 months as a part of IUSSTF Viterbi-India Program. My research interest lies in the area of Signal and Image Processing. The major projects I have worked on include ‘Touchless Fingerprint Recognition’ and ‘Generalization of Fractional Fourier Transform and its application in Radar Imaging’. Apart from my studies, I like to play chess.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

USC is an institute with its unique culture and people from diverse backgrounds. It has a wonderful campus and it’s going to be fun to explore it. The MCL is full of hardworking and enthusiastic masters and Ph.D. students. It is going to a great experience to get know them all and understand their perspectives.

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

I will be working on the project of ‘High-Resolution Face Image Synthesis using MSG’ with Jiali, Yao and Saksham, who is another intern. To start with, we are working on digit synthesis. Working under the guidance of Prof. Kuo is going to be a great learning experience. The research culture here at MCL is definitely a thing I would like to imbibe in myself.

By |May 27th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Member – Pranav Kulkarni|

Professor Kuo Delivered Keynote at ICCE-TW 2018

The IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics – Taiwan, 2018 was held from May 19th to 21th at National Chung Hsing University. As a grand forum for scholars and professional persons all around the world, ICCE-Taiwan aims to initiate profound discussions on research and discovery in electronics and relevant professional field.

MCL Director, Professor C.-C. Jay Kuo, gave the opening keynote at this conference. The title of his keynote speech is “RETHINKING CONVOLUTIONAL NEURAL NETWORKS (CNNS)”. In this speech, Professor Kuo first explained the reasons behind the superior performance of CNNs. Then, he presented an alternative solution, which is motivated by CNNs yet allows rigorous and transparent mathematical treatment, based on a data-driven Saak (Subspace approximation with augmented kernels) transform. His speech was well received by the audience.

After the keynote, Professor Kuo also served as a panelist in the panel discussion with a theme on “Artificial Intelligence on Consumer Electronics for Smart Future”. Besides Professor Kuo, there were two other panelists – Dr. Michael J Chang and Professor Robert Chen-Hao Chang. Dr. Michael Chang is Director General of Microsoft Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Center in Taiwan while Professor Robert Chang is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. Professor Robert Chang is also a Program Director of Semiconductor Manufacturing and Design for AI Edge Project under the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan. They discussed the challenges faced by Taiwan IT industry in developing AI related business and products and answered questions from conference attendees.

By |May 20th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Professor Kuo Delivered Keynote at ICCE-TW 2018|
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    Congratulations to Siyang for Completing Her PhD Study at USC/MCL

Congratulations to Siyang for Completing Her PhD Study at USC/MCL

A MCL Ph.D student, Siyang Li, graduated from USC on May 10, 2018.

Siyang received her Bachelor of Engineering degree from The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, in June 2014. After that, she started her Ph.D study at University of Southern California, with the Annenberg Fellowship and the WiSE Fellowship. She joined Media Communications Lab (MCL) and was supervised by Prof. C.-C. Jay Kuo.

Her research interest was computer vision, with specialties in object detection and segmentation. During her Ph.D study, she collaborated with Google Research on multiple projects and had several corresponding publications. On April 26, she successfully defended her thesis titled “Object Localization with Deep Learning Techniques”.

Congratulations to Siyang and her families for completing her Ph.D study at USC!

By |May 13th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Congratulations to Siyang for Completing Her PhD Study at USC/MCL|

MCL Held the Semester-end Dinner

MCL held a semester-end dinner on Apr. 27 for the closure of Spring 2018. This is also a farewell party for MCL upcoming graduates, Siyang Li, Haiqiang Wang, and Eric Hsieh. The following is from the talk given by our graduates.

Saying: I would like to thank Prof. Kuo’s guidance during these years, and thank all support from MCL family. Studying in MCL and USC would be priceless memory in my life. My suggestion for young generations is that PhD program may be long, but starting doing research as early as possible is essentially important for the whole program. Also, balancing life and work is good for long-term productivity.

Haiqiang: I would like to thank all MCL members. Hope the junior students in MCL can keep our traditions of being friendly and helpful. We learning thinking methods and skills here, and we also learn to offer help here. This is one of the shining points of MCL family.

Eric: I really appreciate the chance here in MCL to work with different people on variant research topics, and I really enjoy participating in MCL routine work for MCL big family. Hope we can keep in touch in long term.

The semester-end dinner and farewell party will become a new MCL tradition. Wish all the best to our new graduates! Fight on!

By |May 7th, 2018|News|Comments Off on MCL Held the Semester-end Dinner|
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    Dr. Kuo Honored at ICASSP and USC Academic Honors Convocation

Dr. Kuo Honored at ICASSP and USC Academic Honors Convocation

commentsDr. Kuo, Director of MCL, received the Education Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for his contributions to signal, image and multimedia education. The award ceremony was held at the International Conference on Acoustic, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Calgary, Canada, on April 17.

Furthermore, Dr. Kuo was honored at the USC annual Academic Honors Convocation on April 24 evening for his new appointment as Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and recognition as the recipient of the Provost’s Mentoring Award.

The USC Distinguished Professor is a designation awarded very selectively to those whose accomplishments have brought special renown to USC. The Provost’s Mentoring Award honors an individual faculty member whose investment in and generosity toward the academic and professional success of other USC faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, or undergraduate students demonstrate exemplary mentoring.

Congratulations to Director Kuo for his great accomplishments and well-deserved honors and recognitions.

By |April 30th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Dr. Kuo Honored at ICASSP and USC Academic Honors Convocation|

Welcome New MCL Member – Alex Ding

We are so happy to welcome a new undergraduate member of MCL, Alex Ding! Here is an interview with Alex:

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

My name is Yulong (Alex) Ding and I am a third-year undergraduate student at USC with a major in Electrical Engineering. I plan to further pursue studies in the field of EE at graduate level after I complete my bachelor’s degree and I find the application of machine learning and CNNs in data and image processing at MCL as an exciting area for further exploration in the future. At the same time, I would like to gain insight into the process of conducting research in the academic field through valuable experiences at MCL.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

Having attended the weekly seminars held by Professor Kuo and the MCL community, I felt inspired by the various topics of research presented as well as the passion shared by members of MCL. The potential opportunities surrounding data processing and communication that one may explore at MCL are fascinating. Furthermore, everyone in the MCL community, including both current students and alumni, are very supportive, building upon the well-known Trojan network connecting across all career paths.

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

My current goal at MCL is to acquire knowledge in data processing and machine learning, as well as gain experience in the process of conducting research through involvement in the lab. The valuable experiences at MCL will serve as important preparation for my future pursuit in studies and research at graduate level, and ultimately for potential career opportunities in the relevant field.

By |March 11th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Member – Alex Ding|