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Welcome New MCL Lab Member Shamim Samadi

We are so happy to welcome a new Ph.D. student, Shamim Samadi, in Fall 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 Shamim Samadi, and I am a Ph.D. student at the MCL lab in the department of Electrical Engineering at USC. Prior to joining MCL, I was a graduate student at the ECE department in NC State University, Raleigh, NC. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. I am passionate about machine learning and have recently grown a lot of interest in deep learning. My research expertise is applied machine learning and signal processing.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?
With a cozy beautiful campus in the heart of Los Angeles, USC is a lively environment and a top school with an outstanding Engineering program, particularly in my major. The MCL lab at USC is an excellent platform for doing original innovative research in machine learning and computer vision, with a dynamic and inspiring atmosphere.

3. What is your future expectation and plan in MCL?
My goal is to build upon my current knowledge and expertise in machine learning and be able to make a contribution to the field.

By |September 3rd, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Lab Member Shamim Samadi|

Welcome New MCL Lab Member Bin Wang

We are so happy to welcome a new Ph.D. student, Bin 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 Bin Wang. I got my bachelor’s degree majoring in Electronic Information Engineer-ing(EIE) from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) as a distinction graduate in 2017. During Sept. 2015 – Jan. 2016, I have been an exchange student at EE Department of City University of Hong Kong (CityU). Last year summer, as a research intern which was fully funded by Mitacs, I worked at University of Ontario Institute of Technology(UOIT), Canada for three months focusing on image processing and robotics. My research interests include image processing, computer vision and deep learning.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

After arriving in Los Angeles for about a month, I really enjoy the sunshine and the living environment. We can easily get anything we want around the USC campus. Also, USC is well equipped with convenient facilities, especially the new fitness center at the new USC village area. With the help of the members of MCL, I get used to everything quickly. My labmates are really friendly and hold an enthusiastic attitude on their own research area.

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

As a first year Ph.D. student, I hope my time can be fulfilled with efficiency and joy here at MCL. Meanwhile, hard-working and dedication are the keys to success. Hope I can do some achievements at the region of computer vision and deep learning in the coming future.

By |August 27th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Welcome New MCL Lab Member Bin Wang|

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 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|