Energy-Efficient
Multimedia Systems Group

Professor Vivienne Sze

People

EEMS Group (Winter 2017)

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EEMS Group (Fall 2014)


Principal Investigator

Vivienne Sze

Vivienne Sze received the B.A.Sc. (Hons) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, in 2004, and the S.M. and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, in 2006 and 2010 respectively. She received the Jin-Au Kong Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Prize in electrical engineering at MIT in 2011.

She is currently an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. Her research interests include energy-efficient algorithms and architectures for portable multimedia applications. From September 2010 to July 2013, she was a Member of Technical Staff in the Systems and Applications R&D Center at Texas Instruments (TI), Dallas, TX, where she designed low-power algorithms and architectures for video coding. She also represented TI at the international JCT-VC standardization body developing HEVC, the latest video coding standard. Within the committee, she was the primary coordinator of the core experiment on coefficient scanning and coding.

She was a recipient of the 2017 Qualcomm Faculty Award, 2016 Google Faculty Research Award, the 2016 MICRO Top Picks Award, the 2016 AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program Award, the 2016 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, the 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award, the 2007 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest Award and a co-recipient of the 2008 A-SSCC Outstanding Design Award. She received the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Julie Payette fellowship in 2004, the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships in 2005 and 2007, and the Texas Instruments Graduate Woman's Fellowship for Leadership in Microelectronics in 2008. In 2012, she was selected by IEEE-USA as one of the "New Faces of Engineering".

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Graduate Students

Yu-Hsin Chen

Yu-Hsin Chen received the B. S. degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University in 2009, and the M. S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. with Prof. Vivienne Sze.  His research interests include VLSI System Design, Video Coding and Digital Signal Processing. His current research focuses on the architecture design for High Efficiency Video Coding standard and algorithms for future video coding schemes.

Hsin-Yu Jane Lai

Hsin-Yu Lai received the B. S. degree in EE and math from National Taiwan University. She completed her M. S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2016 with Prof. Alan Oppenheim on amplitude sampling. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. with Prof. Vivienne Sze and Prof. Thomas Heldt. Her research interests include signal processing, inference, and machine learning.

James Noraky

James Noraky received the S.B. in Electrical Sciences and Engineering from MIT in 2013. He received the M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2014. Previously, he conducted research in the Integrative Neuromonitoring and Critical Care Informatics group where he developed algorithms to estimate intracranial pressure. James is currently pursuing a Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Vivienne Sze. His current research focuses on algorithms for next generation video coding and action recognition.

Gladynel Saavedra Peña

Gladynel Saavedra Peña received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez (UPRM) in 2016. Gladynel is currently a PhD student pursuing her Master’s Degree under the supervision of Prof. Vivienne Sze and Prof. Thomas Heldt. Gladynel was a recipient of the MIT Presidential Fellowship in 2016.

Amr Suleiman

Amr Suleiman received the B.S. in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering in 2008 from Cairo University, Egypt, and the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 2013. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Vivienne Sze. His work focuses on developing new energy-efficient implementations for machine vision (e.g. detection, recognition, tracking). In addition to optimizations at the architecture and circuit level, system optimization is done at the algorithmic level to efficiently trade-off accuracy and complexity.

Tien-Ju Yang

Tien-Ju Yang received the B. S. degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, in 2010, and the M. S. degree in Electronics Engineering from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, in 2012. Between 2012 and 2015, he worked in the Intelligent Vision Processing Group, MediaTek Inc., Taiwan, as a software engineer. He is pursuing the Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Vivienne Sze. His research interest spans the area of computer vision, machine learning, image/video processing and VLSI system design.

Yannan Nellie Wu

Yannan Wu received the B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in 2017. She is currently a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Vivienne Sze and Professor Joel Emer. Her research focuses on computer architecture and system design for high efficiency multimedia applications. Yannan was a recipient of the MIT Presidential Fellowship in 2017.

Zhengdong Zhang

Zhengdong Zhang received the B.S. in Computer Science in 2011 from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He received the M.S. degree in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge in 2014. Between 2011 and 2012 he worked in Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China, as an Assistant Researcher. He is pursuing the Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Vivienne Sze. His research interest spans the area of sparsity, low-rank matrix recovery, symmetry/regularity of textures, 3D computer vision, computational photography and vision systems. His current research focuses on the design of energy-efficient vision systems.

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Undergraduate Students

Valerie Sarge (SuperUROP 2016-2017, MEng 2017)
Diana Wofk (UROP Summer 2015-Spring 2016, Spring 2017, SuperUROP 2017-2018)


Alumni

Mehul Tikekar (PhD 2017)

Kevin Chan (SuperUROP 2016-2017)
Collin Fijalkovich (UROP Summer 2016, Spring 2017)
Ariana Eisenstein (SuperUROP 2014-2015, MEng 2016)
Michael Holachek (SuperUROP 2015-2016)
Akshay Padmanabha (SuperUROP 2015-2016)
Matthew Fox (MEng 2015)
Daewook Kim (UROP Spring 2014, SuperUROP 2014-2015)
Subhodeep Mitra (UROP Summer 2015)
Tran Nguyen (SuperUROP 2014-2015)