In Fall 2021, we have a new MCL member, Rafael Luiz Testa, joining our big family. Here is a short interview with Rafael with our great welcome.

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

My name is Rafael Luiz Testa. I received Bachelor’s (2014) and Master’s (2018) degrees in Information Systems from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. I am currently pursuing my PhD degree at the University of São Paulo with a nine-month stay at MCL/USC. I have been working on computer graphics since 2012. In 2013, I joined a project to help people with psychiatric disorders to recognize emotions in facial expressions. My main research interests are image/video analysis and synthesis, as well as facial expression.

2. What is your impression about MCL and USC?

The USC and MCL are both internationally recognized for the quality of their work. I am so happy that I found here at MCL a place where everyone has plenty of opportunities to achieve their best. The MCL Director, Dr. C.-C. Jay Kuo, instigates innovation and collaboration between students. Furthermore, the MCL has such a friendly and kind environment.

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

I believe my stay at MCL will give me an opportunity to see my research from an entirely novel perspective. I hope I can enjoy to the fullest such an innovative environment. In the future, I would like to be a professor and pursue an academic research career. Thus, I am confident that the work developed at MCL will significantly impact my future projects and help me achieve my career goals.