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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 Zhichao Huang

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

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

I’m Zhichao Huang, a junior student from Tsinghua University, majoring Electronic Engineering. Although I came from EE department, the research that I have done is mainly in the field computer science. I have been working on the area of computer vision for about one year, focusing on face recognition, person identification and something like that. In addition to computer vision, I also worked on some small project in the course that I took like web scrapping, digital circuits etc.

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

This is the first time that I came to USC and I’m deeply impressed by its architecture, atmosphere and people. The buildings have a very different style from those in the campus of China, seems to tell a long story about the school. People here are very friendly. They give us a warm welcome, leading us around campus, treating us with delicious food and answering every question patiently.

MCL is a great lab with wonderful atmosphere. Professor Kuo treat us with a wonderful meal and ask our interest specifically. And everyone is willing to help each other, discussing the project, answering every quesion when we are in need. I do have a great time in MCL.

3. What’s your future expectation for MCL?

I hope to make progess in the current project that I am working on and learn more about computer vision.

By |July 17th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome Summer Intern Student Zhichao Huang|

Welcome Summer Intern Student Po-Cheng Tseng

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

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

My name is Tseng, Po-Cheng , and I am currently a sophomore majoring in computer science in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. As a computer science student, I have had some internship experiences , which include, but not limited to ,web-scraping and writing websites, etc. Even though I currently only know very little about the field of artificial intelligence, I have been enamoured by the potential and the change that this field will bring about to the world, and it is always enjoyable to build something from scratch!

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

From the very moment that I stepped into the campus of USC, I have always felt an aura of perseverance and confidence around. Although USC does not boast the most beautiful buildings in the world, but everyone here is feverishly and relentlessly pursuing his or her goal, whether it be in the labs , on the track field or in the swimming pool.

MCL has always given me a vibe of friendliness and peacefulness, where everybody is willing to help each other when one encounters a problem. I love the symbiotic atmosphere created here!! I would like to give my special thanks to Eric, Sreedhar ,Alshivar and many others (I am not sure if I have spelt your names wrong haha) for showing me around upon my arrival here in the USC, and also Haqiang Wang , Wang Ye , for your generous help [...]

By |July 2nd, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome Summer Intern Student Po-Cheng Tseng|

Welcome Summer Intern Student Jeffrey Maierhofer

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

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

My name is Jeffrey “Matt” Maierhofer. I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. In the past I have done some research in numerical solvers for complex differential equations. I am also interested in applications of mathematics that involve a heavy combination of computer science and mathematics.

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

My first impression of USC was how beautiful the campus was. The weather has been wonderful, and the campus itself is really pleasing to walk through. MCL is by far the largest research group that I’ve ever been a part of, and i really like how it promotes collaboration within the lab.

3. What’s your future expectation for MCL?

I hope to learn as much as possible during my summer in MCL and hope to get to know a lot of cool people!

By |June 25th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome Summer Intern Student Jeffrey Maierhofer|

Welcome Summer Intern Student Derenik Haghverdian

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

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

My name is Derenik Haghverdian. I am a rising senior at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) majoring in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Statistics. I am interested in the application of mathematics in solving ambitious questions and challenges. I have recently been engaged with machine learning and neural networks, and I see a great growth potential in this field.
I am also very passionate about photography, and I am a professional Flamenco guitar player.

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

People at MCL were very welcoming and supportive of their new lab members. MCL is full of talented and ambitious individuals with strong academic and research backgrounds. I am honored to be a part of this great team and have the chance to learn and collaborate with them.

3. What’s your future expectation for MCL?

I want to develop a solid foundation in deep learning in my experience at MCL, so I can apply my knowledge and expertise to future projects in this field. I am confident that under the supervision of Professor Kuo and his amazing and professional team I will gain valuable experience in this field.

By |June 18th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome Summer Intern Student Derenik Haghverdian|

Welcome Summer Intern Student Sreedhar Radhakrishnan

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

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

Hi, I am Sreedhar, I am currently an undergrad senior in Computer Science and Engineering at PES University,Bangalore,India and Data Science excites me. After my freshman year I interned at a research centre at my university where I was introduced to methodologies of research and I worked in the area of Computer Vision. The following year I had coursework in Design and Analysis of Algorithms and Linear Algebra which I fell in love with as I was able to get a perspective of how they are used in real world problems based on my research after my freshman year. The summer after sophomore year I worked on data analysis applied in the sport of Cricket and developed a player evaluation metric through the same. This really got me interested in leveraging the power of data in numerous applications. I then had course work in Data Analytics, Natural Language Processing, Digital Image Processing and Big Data which are some of my favorite courses. I am currently interested in Machine Learning and Deep Learning and their applications in various fields such as Computer Vision and NLP. I am currently working on Deep Learning for Computer Vision and learning a lot under the guidance of Dr. Kuo and fellow MCL members.

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

I just completed my first week of the summer internship here and I love the environment. Members of MCL are truly very hard working and dedicated in their [...]

By |June 11th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome Summer Intern Student Sreedhar Radhakrishnan|

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|