Congratulations to four members of MCLab, Martin Gawecki, Tsung-Jung Liu, Kuan-Hsien Liu, and Xue Wang for passing their Defenses in the last week.

Martin Gawecki’s dissertation title is “SIGNAL PROCESSING APPROACH TO ROBUST JET ENGINE FAULTDETECTION AND DIAGNOSIS”. His Dissertation Committee includes: Jay Kuo (Chair), Keith Jenkins and Aiichiro Nakano (Outside Member).The Committee was very pleased with his work in applying signal processing techniques to the solution of real-world problems. It demands a good understanding of the whole problem and the access to some valuable data. This bridging effort has been highly appreciated.

Tsung-Jung Liu’s thesis title is “A LEARNING-BASED APPROACH TO IMAGE QUALITY ASSESSMENT”. His dissertation committee members include: Jay Kuo (Chair), Panayiotis Georgiou and Aiichiro Nakano (Outside Member). They were amazed by the quality of his work and an impressive publication list as a result of his research.

Kuan-Hsien Liu’s thesis title is “FACIAL AGE GROUPING AND ESTIMATION VIA ENSEMBLE LEARNING”. His dissertation committee members include: Jay Kuo (Chair), Panayiotis Georgiou, Suya Yu, and Aiichiro Nakano (Outside Member). The Committee was impressed with the novelty of his proposed face-image-based age estimation methods as well as their excellent performance as compared with other state-of-the-art algorithms. The Committee also encouraged him to submit the high quality work to top-ranked journal/conference.

Xue Wang’s dissertation title is “Machine Learning Based Techniques for Biomedical Image/Video Analysis”. Her dissertation committee includes: Jay Kuo (Chair), Sandy Sawchuk (Co-Chair) and Jesse Yan (Outside Member). The Committee was very satisfied with the excellent presentation and results delivered by Xue.

We all wish them the best for their next step.