We are so glad to welcome our new MCL member, Shuiyang Mao! Here is a short interview with Shuiyang:

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

Hi, I’m Shuiyang Mao, Fernando, a Year Three Ph.D. student (entering my fourth year) from DSP Lab, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). I grew up in a coastal city called Ningbo located in the eastern China. In 2013, I received my bachelor’s degree in physics from Xiamen University, China. I was working as a hardware engineer on signal processing in R&D Department, Ningbo Zhendong Optoelectronics CO.,LTD. from Jul. 2013 to Jun. 2015. I then joined Micro Sensor Group, Chinese Academy of Sciences, working as a research assistant on chemical gas pattern recognition from Jul. 2015 to Jan. 2016. I started my Ph.D. study in CUHK in Aug. 2016. Since then, I was mainly focusing on speech signal processing and machine learning. My research interest covers deep learning, speech emotion detection, automatic speech recognition and related fields.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

I am impressed by the diversity of the USC campus and perfect sun shine of California. I have met a bunch of amazing and smart people here. The MCL is a big warm family and Prof. Jay Kuo is super nice and enthusiastic. I like the regular project meeting very much, where we can share our experience and learn from prof. Kuo’s knowledge and wisdom. The weekly seminar is also very impressive, from which I have seen several quality works and sharings that inspire me a lot.

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

I cherish this precious opportunity to have exposure of doing research in a different environment and learn from every MCL member. I would like to contribute myself to the exciting work on speech emotion recognition under the supervision of Prof. Jay Kuo. I believe my stay in MCL will be a fruitful and enjoyable experience.