SHI Lab @ UO
The name SHI stands for Synergetic & Holistic Intelligence in my initial thoughts. It can also be interpreted as Surpass Human Intelligence as pointed out by one of my early mentors: it is indeed a pragmatic goal for many research problems in AI, especially in Computer Vision.
Originally me and Prof. Thomas S. Huang had planned in early 2019 that we will host all my future students under the IFP Group, but things worked out differently in the end; from this aspect, the SHI Lab is an extension of the IFP Group and can be considered an IFP 2.0.
The culture we are building at SHI Lab is coherent with what has always been at the IFP Group: An environment conducive to innovative/independent research. We are doing basic research motivated by important applications. We are interested in applications in Machine Learning and Multimedia (computer vision, natural language, speech/audio). But most important, we hope our application-motivated basic research will lead to the development of theories, methodologies, algorithms that are useful for a wide spectrum of important and interesting problems. To attack the research problems, we need a variety of technical tools, some of which we learn along the way. One tool which is extremely useful for many of our research problems is Deep Learning, mainly Deep Neural Networks (DNN).
Kai Wang, CIS, UO, 2020.09 - Present
Steven Walton, CIS, UO, 2020.10 - Present
Ali Hassani, CIS, UO, 2021.03 - Present
Najmul Hassan, CIS, UO, 2021.03 - Present (UO Promising Scholar Award)
Gong Zhang, CIS, UO, 2019.11 - Present (Co-advise with Prof. Dejing Dou)
Trevor Bergstrom, CIS, UO, 2019.10 - 2020.09 (After: Software Engineer, Insitu, A Boeing Company)
Abuduweili Abulikemu, Peking University, 2020.06 - Present (After: PhD Program, CMU)
Jitesh Jain, IIT Roorkee, 2020.11 - Present
Alex Sun, UIUC ECE, 2020.11 - Present
Vidit Goel, IIT Kharagpur, 2020.02 - 2021.06 (After: Applied Scientist, Picsart AI Research)
Nikhil Shah, IIT Kharagpur, 2020.04 - 2021.04
Ayush Kaushal, IIT Khraragpur, 2020.04 - 2021.03 (After: Grad Program, UT Austin)
Ashwin Vaswani, BITS Pilani, 2020.06 - 2020.11 (After: Grad Program, UC San Diego)
IFP Group @ UIUC
The IFP Group was founded by Professor Thomas S. Huang (1936 - 2020) in the late 80s, started as Image Formation and Processing Group at Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Over the years, the IFP Group has pursued research and innovation beyond images, including Image and Video Coding, Multimodal Human Computer Interaction, Multimedia Annotation and Search, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Big Data, Deep Learning and High Performance Computing.
I have been fortunate to be part of this legendary group for my PhD studies, and later to co-lead the group and continue to learn from Prof. Huang in the last few years. I continue to advise some of the current PhD students after the passing of Prof. Huang in April, 2020. I am forever grateful to Prof. Huang for his mentoring, support and friendship.
I am also always thankful for the great support from many colleagues, friends and collaborators on IFP matters over the recent years. The thank you list includes but not limited to Prof. Bruce Hajek, Prof. Wen-mei Hwu, Prof. Zhi-Pei Liang, Prof. Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, Prof. T. Kesavadas, Prof. Robert Brunner, Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore, Prof. Michael L. Oezle, Dr. Jinjun Xiong, Dr. Jeff Ludwig, Dr. Tod Courtney, Ken Terao, Prof. Heng Ji, Prof. Naira Hovakimyan, Dr. Patty Jones, Catherine Somers, Dawn Goeddel, Paritosh Garg, Christine Walls, Marsha Dunlap, Sandy Helregel etc. Thank you!
Jiachen Li, ECE, UIUC, 2019.08 - Present
Mang Tik Chiu, ECE, UIUC, 2018.08 - Present
Hanchao Yu, ECE, UIUC, 2016.08 - Present
Haichao Yu, ECE, UIUC, 2016.08 - Present
Zhonghao Wang, ECE, UIUC, 2018.02 - Present
Yang Fu, ECE, UIUC, 2017.08 - Present
Bowen Cheng, ECE, UIUC, 2017.08 - Present (Prof. Alex Schwing)
Yuqian Zhou, ECE, UIUC, 2017.08 - Present (Prof. Mark Hasegawa-Johnson)
Yuchen Fan, ECE, UIUC, 2016.08 - Present (Prof. Mark Hasegawa-Johnson)
Jiahui Yu, ECE, UIUC, 2016.07 - 2020.01 (After: Research Scientist, Google Brain)
Kuangxiao Gu, ECE, UIUC, 2014.05 - 2020.07 (After: Senior Data Scientist, 3M)
Haoming Lu, ECE, UIUC, 2018.08 - 2020.05 (After: Scientist, Amazon AWS Shanghai AI Lab)
Mang Tik Chiu, CS, UIUC, 2018.08 - 2019.12 (After: PhD Program, ECE, UIUC)
Zhonghao Wang, ECE, UIUC, 2018.02 - 2019.05 (After: PhD Program, ECE, UIUC)
Siwei Tang, Mechanical Engineering, UIUC, 2018.10 - 2019.05 (After: Researcher, SenseTime)
Tianxi Zhao, ECE, UIUC, 2017.04 - 2019.05 (After: Software Engineer at Microsoft)
Yiqun Mei, Undergrad, CS, UIUC, 2019.10 - 2020.08 (After: PhD Program, Johns Hopkins University)
Zilong Huang, Visiting PhD Student, CS, HUST, 2018.10 - 2019.12 (After: Researcher, Alibaba Damo Academy)
Hao Li, Visiting Undergrad Intern, EE, Tsinghua University, 2019.07 - 2019.09 (After: PhD Program, MMLab, CUHK)
Zhiqiang Shen, Visiting PhD Student, CS, Fudan University, 2017.08 - 2019.03 (After: Postdoc, CMU)
Jiachen Li, Visiting Undergrad Intern, EE, SJTU, 2018.06 - 2018.09 (After: PhD Program, ECE, UIUC)
Rui Qian, Visiting Undergrad Intern, CS, PKU, 2018.06 - 2018.09 (After: PhD Program, SE3 Vision Lab, Cornell)
Jianbo Jiao, Visiting PhD Student, CS, CityU Hong Kong, 2017.08 - 2018.07 (After: Postdoc, VGG, Oxford)
Zhichao Liu, Visiting Undergrad Intern, CS, PKU, 2017.06 - 2017.09 (After: MS Program, CS, UMD)
The Postdoc and Friend:
Yunchao Wei, BJTU & NUS, 2017.08 - 2019.09 (After: DECRA Fellow/Lecturer, UTS. Co-supervised with Prof. Thomas S. Huang)
Note: only students that I officially advise or supervise at UIUC are listed here.
IBM T. J. Watson Research Center @ Yorktown Heights, NY
As a researcher, engineer, and team lead, I worked closely with many great IBMers from both IBM T. J. Watson Research Center at Yorktown Heights, NY, and MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab in Cambridge, MA. Together we have won some prestigious and tough competitions, published fun research in top conferences, and built efficient and useful tools and systems. I also work closely with IBM AI Horizon Networks.
Yunhui Guo, CS, UCSD, 2018.06 - 2018.09 (with Rogerio Feris, Abhishek Kumar)
Yandong Li, CS, UCF, 2018.05 - 2018.08 (with Rogerio Feris)