We are so happy to welcome a new Master’s member of MCL, Zhaolei Xiao. Here is an interview with Zhaolei.

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

My name is Zhaolei Xiao, come from the capital city of China, Beijing. I’m focusing on signal and image processing and this is my last semester in master’s program in USC. I like dealing with multimedia data: compress files, denoise a signal, and solve inpainting problem, etc., all of them give me a lot of fun. Moreover, after acquiring knowledge in machine learning field, like convolutional neural networks, building classifiers, I find it a new world to explore.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

USC is the home of the Signal and Image Processing Institute (SIPI) and a leader over 40 years which is one of the reasons why I chose here to study. But not only that, professors are knowledgeable and helpful also in career, classmates are friendly and enthusiastic. I enjoy talking with them about academic and life.

I know MCL from Prof. Kuo who is my professor of the course Multimedia Data Compression that MCL likes a family, everyone helps each other and get progress together. I’m looking forward to making friends with all of them and doing cooperative research. It must be very pleasant.

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

Since I’m interested in compression and machine learning, Prof. Kuo’s project of joint compression and understanding catch my eyes. I treasure this opportunity very much and want to go deep into this application.