We are so happy to welcome a new Master’s member of MCL, Charan Shettyhalli Guruswamy. Here is an interview with Charan :

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

I am Charan, a new grad student who joined EE dept in spring 2018. I love to work hard and think more. I got attracted to image processing and machine learning during my undergrad. Starting then I have pursued computer vision and the math behind it. My previous research included face & object detection and recognition, biometrics, NLP, optimization, ML and deep learning. I have a passion to play with numbers, and I see images as just matrices. I am not a big fan of neural networks, I like convolutions more than deep learning. I have interest in designing new transforms for data, I hope to research on scene understanding and video completion.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

MCL is a group filled with image processing passionates. Every one of them has their own beautiful perspectives in analyzing the images, and their unique works enthrall me. There is a lot of math, analysis, and visualization here, that’s what I like in MCL. Weekly sessions by doctoral students help in understanding the new topics in the IP field, thus triggering motivation in all. The rich MCL alumni and community guiding the current MCL candidates is ideal for career growth. MCL helps in breaking our shell and surpass our limits.

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

My goal is to design a transforms which can extract and select features from any data. I want to learn how to model this transforms. I want to join the peer community of MCL and have fun. MCL is my family now, so I want to keep this family growing.