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    MCL Received Sponsored Research from Army Research Laboratory

MCL Received Sponsored Research from Army Research Laboratory

MCL received a grant from the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) recently for joint research on theory and applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies. Through this support, MCL researchers will collaborate with ARL researchers to conduct fundamental and applied research in the next 4 years.

The fundamental research targets at explainable neural networks. Cybenko and Hornik et al. proved that the multi-layer perceptron (MLP) is a universal approximator in late 80s, which appears to be the most important theoretic result even up to now. However, for a given dataset, they do not provide a constructive procedure to build the MLP. We will investigate a systematic way to specify an MLP architecture and determine its model parameters. Resource-rich and resource-scarce networks refer to those have abundant and fewer model parameters, respectively. The objective of the stress test study is to understand the behavior of the transition of a network from a resource-rich one to a resource-scarce one. We would like to understand the behavior transition in several areas, including model sensitivity to different weight initializations, classification accuracy, overfitting, etc.

The applied research targets at spatial-temporal attention and semantic scene understanding via successive subspace learning (SSL). To extract key spatial-temporal information from visual data, facilitates video processing and understanding down-stream tasks. For example, an image contains one or several objects. Object detection and recognition is critical to image understanding. Also, motion provides cues for object tracking in video understanding. The sponsored research will also focus on two issues on multi-modality data, say, those obtained by RGB, depth and infrared sensors: 1) representation of multi-domain data and 2) understanding of multi-domain data.

 

—- by Dr. C.-C. Jay Kuo

By |August 2nd, 2020|News|Comments Off on MCL Received Sponsored Research from Army Research Laboratory|

Welcome MCL New Member Zhanxuan Mei

Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

My name is Zhanxuan Mei, a graduate student of Electrical and Engineering at USC. I got my bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology. I like playing goes, reading and traveling. After taking many courses in USC, I found my research interests in video compression and machine learning. I am very excited to do some research and projects about my interests in MCL.

What is your impression about MCL and USC?

I like the beautiful campus and kindly people of USC. My life at USC was funny and everyday I spent was unforgettable. MCL is a big and effective community. Everyone is willing to help others and teamwork is important here. The weekly report and weekly meeting practice my writing and speaking skills and weekly seminar let me learn a lot.

What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

I will definitely work hard and stay hungry for my research and projects under supervision of professor and mentors. I will take advantage of the chance to improve my professional skills and explore more interesting topics. Helping and learning from other people is also important for me. I believe the experience in MCL will be valuable for my future.

By |July 26th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Welcome MCL New Member Zhanxuan Mei|

Welcome MCL New Member Zhiyao Luo

Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

My name is Zhiyao Luo. I am a 1st year M.S. student in the program of EE general and join the MCL lab at USC for summer intern. I received my bachelor’s degree of engineering in Xi’an Jiaotong University of China. I have the background of machine learning and signal processing theory and I have some research background on classification and optimization problems. I have a passion for understanding models and algorithms in the field of computer vision by applying them to solve realistic problems.

What is your impression about MCL and USC?

I was deeply impressed by the school’s full consideration of students from different cultural backgrounds and I believe that USC can offer me plenty opportunities and  resource that I need. The first time I know about MCL is in EE569 course because most of TAs and graders in that course are members in MCL and the professionalism and rigor of MCL have been widely recognized in our class since then. It is my first week in MCL, I find that all the works are organized well and efficient, it makes me believe that I will gain a lot from MCL.

What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

I hope I can help to finish some meaningful work in this summer and learn from other outstanding members in MCL. For my own career planning, I want to get familiar with the pace of academic research in MCL. If I think this kind of work is suitable for me and I believe that I will be able to achieve valuable result, I will try to get a chance to continue my academic career in [...]

By |July 19th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Welcome MCL New Member Zhiyao Luo|
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    Saak transform paper received 2020 JVCI best paper runner-up (2nd place) award

Saak transform paper received 2020 JVCI best paper runner-up (2nd place) award

The Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation has just announced the 2020 best paper award winner and runner-up:

Winner: A robust technique for copy-move forgery detection and localization in digital images via stationary wavelet and discrete cosine transform, Mahmood, T., Mehmood, Z., Shah, M., Saba, T.
Runner-up: On data-driven Saak transform, Jay Kuo, C.-C., Chen, Y.

According to the EiC of the journal, the selection process is outlined below:

The committee members checked all papers in 2018 and 2019 and nominated 13 papers.

Each of the 13 papers were evaluated and scored by three committee members on a scale of 1 to 10.
There were 4 papers with approximately similar score. All committee members were given the opportunity to vote for the top.
After voting, the best paper and runner up were selected.
All members supported the above winner and runner-up.

 

It is a great honor that MCL received the JVCI best paper and runner-up awards in three years in a row.

The 2020 Best Paper Award Runner-up for the Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation.
C.-C. Jay Kuo and Yueru Chen, “On data-driven Saak transform,” the Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation, Vol. 50, pp. 237-246, January 2018.

The 2019 Best Paper Award Runner-up for the Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation.
Ronald Salloum, Yuzhou Ren and C.-C. Jay Kuo, “Image splicing localization using a multi-task fully convolutional network (MFCN),” the Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation, Vol. 51, pp. 201-209, February 2018.

The 2018 Best Paper Award from the Journal of Visual Communications and Image Representation.
C.-C. Jay Kuo, “Understanding convolutional neural networks with a mathematical model,” the Journal of Visual Communication and [...]

By |July 11th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Saak transform paper received 2020 JVCI best paper runner-up (2nd place) award|

Welcome MCL New Member Jiesi Hu

Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

I am an EE master student in Viterbi. I just finished my first year of master’s. I get my bachelor’s degree from the electronic college in Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. I like playing tennis, badminton, table tennis and jogging. I also joined the tennis club at USC. My area of interest is machine learning and signal processing. The topic I want to study is video tracking which I think is a very useful technique.

What is your impression about MCL and USC?

I think the members of MCL is very kind. They are always willing to help me when I have questions about the course. They spend lots of time explaining until I fully understand. Besides, I think Professor Kuo is a good manager. Professor Kuo personally guides everyone, and all members of MCL has clear goals and tasks.

What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

I hope I can work hard and learn more about video tracking and machine learning. I want to have a deeper insight into them. I know I am too naïve now both in experience and knowledge, so I want to learn how to do research and academic report. If possible, I also want to make some contribution to MCL. In the future, I would like to become a PhD student.

By |July 5th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Welcome MCL New Member Jiesi Hu|

Welcome MCL New Member Ganning Zhao

Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

My name is Ganning Zhao. I was born in Weifang, China. This is my first semester here in USC, pursuing master’s degree on Electrical Engineering. I graduated from Guangdong University of Technology, majoring in automation. In my undergraduate, I did a project about audio signal processing using convolutional neural network with my friends and I became interested in signal processing and machine learning since then. My current research interest is image processing and computer vision.

What is your impression about MCL and USC?

I like the campus of USC, because the buildings are beautiful. Particularly, there are many libraries in USC and many of them are exquisite. People in MCL are intelligent and work very hard. I’m also impressed that they are very nice and always willing to help with each other. Professor Kuo is also very nice and caring about everyone in lab. I like the atmosphere here in MCL.

What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

My research topic in this summer is texture synthesis. I hope I can do a good job in this topic. More importantly, because everyone in MCL are intelligent, I hope I can learn a lot from them during communication and improve my research ability. Also, I want to make more friends here in MCL.

By |June 28th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Welcome MCL New Member Ganning Zhao|

Welcome MCL New Member Jiamian Wang

Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

I’m Jiamian Wang, a graduate student of USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. I got my bachelor’s degree at Tianjin University, China. My research interests are computer vision and image processing. I participated in the projects of doing image semantic segmentation, doing outlier-detection using CNNs and creating the image generating models. I’m interested in exploring the mathematical logits behind different algorithms.

What is your impression about MCL and USC?

USC provides many high-quality courses for us, from which I got a solid basis and rich experience.  Also, the community provides us with many chances and platforms, through which we share information and communicate with each other effectively. Because of this I know MCL, in which a new theory about computer vision has been proposed and explored. I’m honored to join the MCL and work with the excellent students and professors here.

What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

Computer vision and image processing is my long-time interest and MCL is the excellent lab specialized for this. For this reason, I want to take this chance and devote as much time and effort onto my work as I can. Hopefully, summer intern is a good start for me and in the future, I want to be one of the formal members of MCL as a PhD student.

By |June 21st, 2020|News|Comments Off on Welcome MCL New Member Jiamian Wang|

Welcome MCL New Member Zheng Wen

Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

My name is Zheng Wen, I’m currently pursuing my Master’s degree at USC in Electrical Engineering. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Beihang University, Beijing, China. I’m very curious in math and programming. I found it interesting to do something related matrix and machine learning, so I’m very glad that I Professor Kuo could give me this opportunity to join MCL and dive deeper in image processing, computer vision and machine learning.

What is your impression about MCL and USC?

This is my first year in USC, I found the campus is very beautiful even though kind of small. Leavey Library is a good place to study when we are struggling for the final exams of a semester. I really enjoy the American Chinese cuisine offered by the canteen. MCL is a big family. I get to know the members in MCL by EE569, Professor Kuo is an expert in multimedia, and his understanding in deep learning impressed me a lot. TAs are very experience in image processing and willing to help us.

What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

In MCL, I want to do some project in image forensics with the help of Yao, learn more about image processing and machine learning, also sharpen my programming skills and make some progress to the domain. I will try my best to get involved in MCL and make friends with everyone.

By |June 14th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Welcome MCL New Member Zheng Wen|

Welcome MCL New Member Zhiwei Deng

Could you briefly introduce yourself and your research interests?

My name is Zhiwei Deng, I am a first year MSEE student at USC. I came from Anhui, China. I received my bachelor’s degree from Shanghai University in 2019. I had some experience in computer vision and machine learning fields during my undergraduate years. In this summer, I will continue to work on these areas, specifically on the topic of 3D point cloud classification and segmentation.

What is your impression about MCL and USC?

USC has a beautiful campus and serious research environment. I really enjoy both the natural views of the campus and the historical buildings with red bricks. I think MCL is a lab with creativity and courage. Old things are challenged, and new things are created here. I think mathematics and logics are quite important for the members of MCL. Also, I feel very honored and motivated to work new things out with these excellent people.

What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?

The most important thing of this summer for me is to have a clearer view in this field and have a deeper understand in certain topics in image processing. Also, I hope I can contribute to some projects during the internship. For the future career plan, I want to dig deeper in these areas in the future and pursue a higher level of academic degree.

By |June 7th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Welcome MCL New Member Zhiwei Deng|

Welcome MCL New Member Chengyao Wang

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

My name is Chengyao Wang and I’m currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering here at USC. Prior to that, I received my B.S. in Automation from Zhejiang University in 2018. With my interest lying in machine learning and computer vision, I’m now working on a summer intern project regarding classification and segmentation of medical images under the guidance of Prof. Kuo. I believe it will be a good starting point of exploring this intriguing area.

 

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

USC is well known for its academic achievements and strong alumni network, and it sure is. Everyone I met here is full of passion about what they’re doing and seems to be always ready to help others. MCL is such a dynamic and cohesive group, where everyone here could get a chance & full support to dig into their own areas of interest. Prof. Kuo is a respected expert with profound domain knowledge as well as a supportive instructor who knows well how to guide students and group people.

 

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

At this point, I would hope my current project goes on well and treat it with full devotion. I also want to connect with more people at MCL as a newcomer and blend into this warm and big family. Frankly speaking, I don’t have a clear vision for the future yet, but I believe I’ll stick to what I feel is interesting and make some differences.

By |May 31st, 2020|News|Comments Off on Welcome MCL New Member Chengyao Wang|