Wang Group: Modeling Objects, Concepts, Aesthetics, and Emotions in Images
James Z. Wang's Research Group

Past Members, Collaborators, Misc

Our Research Team (group photos 2013, 2014) is made up of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Past group members with contact information are listed here:

Graduated Ph.D. Advisees

8. Neela Sawant, Research Scientist, Traffic Analytics, Amazon, Seattle, WA. (g-scholar)
neela.sawant (at) gmail.com
Ph.D. Program in Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, Summer 2013
Thesis: Statistical Modeling of Image Semantics from Imperfectly Labeled Datasets (Download)
Committee: J. Z. Wang, Jia Li (Co-chairs), C. Lee Giles, John M. Carroll, Reka Albert
7. Lei Yao, Software Engineer, Houzz, Palo Alto, CA. (g-scholar)
luy112 (at) psu.edu
Ph.D. in Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, Summer 2013
Thesis: Automated Analysis of Composition and Style of Photographs and Paintings (Download)
Committee: J. Z. Wang, Jia Li (Co-chairs), David L. Hall, Xiaolong (Luke) Zhang, Patrick J. McGrady
6. Mu Qiao, Research Staff Member, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA. (g-scholar)
mqiao (at) us.ibm.com
Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, Fall 2012
Thesis: Mixture Modeling for Complex and Large-Scale Data with Applications (Download)
Committee: J. Li (Advisor), J. Z. Wang (Co-advisor), D. Kifer (Co-Chair), J. Barlow, L. Zhang
5. Professor Brian A. Canada, tenure-track Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, Beaufort, SC. (g-scholar)
bcanada (at) uscb.edu
Ph.D. in Integrative Biosciences, Penn State, Fall 2010
Thesis: Augmentation of the Zebrafish Phenomic Landscape by Histological Analysis and Content-based Image Retrieval (Download)
Committee: J. Z. Wang, K. Cheng, K. Weiss (Co-chairs), J. Richtsmeier, W. Miller (Computational Science Minor)
4. Ritendra Datta, Senior Engineer, Google, Pittsburgh, PA. (g-scholar)
ritendra.datta (at) gmail.com
Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, Spring 2009
Thesis: Semantics and Aesthetics Inference for Image Search: Statistical Learning Approaches (Download)
Committee: J. Z. Wang (Chair), J. Li (Co-Chair), R. Collins, C. L. Giles, D. Miller, B. Urgaonkar
3. Xiaonan Lu, Engineer, Mobile Service Division, Microsoft, Seattle, WA. (g-scholar)
xlu (at) cse.psu.edu
Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, Fall 2008
Thesis: Image Analysis and Metadata Extraction for Document Retrieval (Download)
Committee: J. Z. Wang (Chair), L. Giles (Co-Chair), W.-C. Lee, D. Miller, C. Zhu
2. Dhiraj Joshi, Senior Research Scientist, FX Palo Alto Laboratory, Inc. (FXPAL), Palo Alto, CA. (g-scholar)
dhirajjoshi16 (at) gmail.com
Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, Summer 2007
Thesis: Image Analysis and Retrieval by Spatial Models and Information Integration (Download)
Committee: J. Z. Wang (Chair), J. Li (Co-Chair), R. Collins, D. Hunter, W.-C. Lee
1. Professor Yixin Chen, Associate Professor with tenure, University of Mississippi, Oxford. (g-scholar)
ychen (at) cs.olemiss.edu
Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, Summer 2003
Thesis: A Machine Learning Approach to Content-based Image Indexing and Retrieval (Download)
Committee: J. Z. Wang (Chair), C. L. Giles, J. Yen, J. Li, D. Richards
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Graduated Ph.D. Advisees (committee)

  • Anuj Jaiswal,
    Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, 2012. (Advisor: Prasenjit Mitra)
    Thesis: On Statistical Schema Matching with Embedded Value Mappings (Download)
  • Pucktada Treeratpituk, Officer, Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand.
    Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, 2012. (Advisor: C. Lee Giles)
    Thesis: People Disambiguation in the Multicultural and Online Setting (Download)
  • Yaman Aksu,
    Electrical Engineering, Penn State, 2010. (Advisors: David J. Miller and George Kesidis)
    Thesis: Feature Selection Methods and Classification with Support Vector Machines, with Applications to the Analysis of Alzheimer's Disease and Its Onset, using MRI Brain Image Processing (Download)
  • Yang Sun, Engineer, AOL / Advertising.com
    Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, 2008. (Advisor: Lee Giles)
    Thesis: A Comprehensive Study of the Regulation and Behavior of Web Crawlers (Download)
  • Professor Daeyoung Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    daeyoung (at) math.umass.edu, Ph.D. in Statistics, Penn State, 2008. (Advisor: Bruce G. Lindsay)
    Thesis: Mixture Inference at the Edge of Identifiability (Link)
  • Isaac Councill, Engineer, Google, New York
    icouncill (at) almaden.ibm.com, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, 2006. (Advisor: C. Lee Giles)
    Thesis: Characterizing Scientific Contributions Through Automatic Acknowledgement Indexing and Citation Analysis (Download)
  • Professor Long Chen, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine
    chenlong (at) math.uci.edu, Ph.D. in Mathematics, Penn State, 2005. (Advisor: J. Xu)
    Thesis: Robust and Accurate Algorithm for Solving Anisotropic Singularities (Download)
  • Professor Anne Ya Zhang, Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China.
    ya_zhang (at) sjtu.edu.cn, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, 2005. (Advisor: C. Chu. Co-advisor: H. Zha)
    Thesis: Towards Inferring Biologically Informative Protein-Protein Interactions (Download)
  • Hui Han, Engineer, Yahoo!
    hhan (at) cse.psu.edu, Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, 2004. (Advisor: C. Lee Giles)
    Thesis: Creating a Syntactic Document Ontology (Download)
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Ph.D. Advisees (non-PSU)

  • Professor Xirong Li, Remin University, Beijing, China.
    xirong.li (at) gmail.com, University of Amsterdam, March 2012. (Advisor: A. Smeulders)
    Thesis: Content-Based Visual Search Learned from Social Media
  • Wei Wang, Software Development Manager, MediaNet Digital, LLC.
    wei.wang (at) motorola.com, Computer Science and Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, August 2004. (Advisor: A. Zhang)
    Thesis: Automatic Semantic Indexing in Multimedia Information Retrieval
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Graduated M.S.

  • Poonam Suryanarayan, Software Engineer, Google
    pzs126 (at) psu.edu, Electrical Engineering, Penn State, graduated in 2011
    Thesis: A Compputational Approach for Understanding the Aesthetics of Gray Scale Images
  • AdityaGiri Valluri, Engineer, NetApp, Sunnyvale, CA
    azv114 (at) psu.edu, Electrical Engineering, Penn State, graduated in May 2009
    Thesis: Navigation Through Automated Image Understanding and Retrieval
  • Ashish Parulekar, Capital One
    Electrical Engineering, Penn State, graduated in December 2005
    Thesis: Large-scale Satellite Image Browsing using Automatic Semantic Categorization and Content-based Retrieval
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Graduated Honors Undergraduates
(Penn State's Schreyer Honors College)

  • Michael J. Costa
    Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, August 2014.
    Thesis: Visual Scan Path Feature Based Image Emotion Analysis
    after graduation: University of Pennsylvania
  • Jason M. Frederick
    Security and Risk Analysis, Penn State, August 2013.
    Thesis: Advancements in Digital Imaging and Photographic Applications: A Focus on Human Emotion and Intent Driven Communication
    after graduation: Accenture Federal Services
  • John Schleicher
    Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, May 2011
    Thesis: Applied Crowdsourcing: Zebrafish Phenotyping and Brushstroke Extraction
    after graduation: Microsoft, Redmond, WA
  • Aaron Coble
    Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, August 2005
    Thesis: JIN: A Java-based Image Navigation System
    after graduation: Cambridge University as a Gates Cambridge Scholar
  • Allison Deal
    Statistics, Penn State, May 2005
    after graduation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Advisor: Jia Li)
  • Sui Ching Teresa Lin
    Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, December 2003
    Thesis: Semantic Relation Network and Evaluation Methods on Machine Learning Based Indexing of Images
    After graduation: in Hong Kong
  • Kurt Grieb
    Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, December 2003
    Thesis: Learning-Based Indexing of Works of Art
    after graduation: Lockheed Martin Corp. and US Air Force
  • Bryan T. Schnittjer
    Computer Science, Penn State, May 2002
    Thesis: The Application of Support Vector Machines for Content-based Image Retrieval
    after graduation: General Electric
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Some Past Visitors

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Some Collaborators

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Past Research Project Staff

  • Anna Bernardis, Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, 2013-2014.
  • Mark Wolff, Electrical Engineering, Penn State, 2013-2014.
  • Fang Dai, Visiting Scholar from Xi'an University of Technology, China, 2013-2014
  • Jules Dupont, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, 2013.
  • Jose San Pedro, Visiting Scholar from Telefonica, Spain, 2011-2012
  • David Zhang, Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, 2010-2012
  • Razvan Orendovici, Information Sciences and Technology and Computer Science and Engineering, IUG Program, Penn State, 2007-2010
  • Haifeng Wu, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, 2010.
  • Andrew Duffey, Computer Science and Engineering, Washington University at St. Louis, 2009.
  • Saad Ali, Post-Doctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, 2008-2009. Now with Sarnoff Corp.
  • Kelsey Marie Bauer, College of Science, Penn State, 2009.
  • Daniel Sandberg, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State, 2007-2008
  • Angela Yen, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, 2007
  • Walter Weiss, IST, Penn State, 2006-2007, after graduation: the U.S. Department of State
  • Gulsah Tumuklu Ozyer, Computer Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 2007
  • Christopher L. Dancy II, Computer Science, MURE program, Penn State, 2006-2007
  • Weina Ge, Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, 2005-2007
  • Catriona Cornett, IST, Penn State, 2004-2006, after graduation: Vanguard Group (student marshal)
  • Jason Scott, IST, Honors College, Penn State, 2004-2006
  • Robert D. Shedd Jr. , IST, Honors College, Penn State, 2004-2006, after graduation: IBM
  • Diane Flowers, IST, Penn State, 2004-2006, after graduation: PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Junjia Zhu, Statistics, Penn State, 2004
  • Claire Luo, Penn State, 2004
  • Yin Yang, IST, Penn State, 2002
  • Priya Unnikrishnan, Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, 2000-2001
  • Yanping Du, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Penn State, January 2001, after graduation: Cisco
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