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The City College Visual Computing Research Laboratory (CCVCL) is directed by Professor Zhigang Zhu in the Computer Science Department at CCNY. It serves as an experimental environment for both research and education in advanced visual and other media computing. The research activities in the CCVCL primarily focus on the understanding of 3D natural scenes and the events in the scenes from multiple sensor modalities, including visible cameras, thermal sensors and acoustic sensors. Currently there are two main research themes in the Lab. The first aspect of the research is three-dimensional scene modeling and rendering from images and videos. The second aspect of the research is human and other subject tracking and human signature extraction from multiple cameras and multimodal sensors. Potential applications of the advanced visual (and other media) computing range across Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), virtual reality, robot/human navigation, aerial/ground surveillance, content-based video coding and transportation.

News

May 26, 2017 Mr. Wei LI successfully defended his PhD thesis: DEEP LEARNING BASED FACIAL COMPUTING - DATA, ALGORITHMS AND APPLICATIONS. Congratulations!
March 1, 2017 The Visual Computing Lab won a Department of Homeland Security Follow-On of Summer Research Team For MSIs (via ORAU DE-SC0014664), Learning, Visualization and Utilization of Crowd Analytics for Security and Navigation Using 3D Semantic Models, PI: Zhigang Zhu (with students: Greg Olmschenk and Vishnu Nair); Total Cost: $126,193 (DHS $45,000 + Rutgers (Jie Gong) $18,865 + CCNY $62,328); Duration: 12 months (03/01/2017-02/28/2018)
January 03, 2017 Mr. Feng Hu successfully defended his PhD thesis: VISION-BASED ASSISTIVE INDOOR LOCALIZATION . Congratulations!
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Four student teams in the joint senior design class of Prof. Zhu (CS) and Prof. Jizhong Xiao (EE) won NYSID CREATE (Cultivating Resources for Employment with Assistive TEchnology) Grants for projects on improving employment for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): CCNY SmartCane for assistive navigation for the blind, Panoramik for finding articles for the blind, VR4ASD for training people with ASD in taking trains, and The Fourth Dimension for task management of people with ASD.
September 1, 2016 Prof. Zhigang Zhu is Co-PI of an Air Force Research Laboratory award (Award #FA8650-13-C-5800) under the Research Collaboration Program (RCP), "Multimodal Collaborative Sensing and Identification Using Deep Learning for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Applications" (PI: Jie Wei; Co-PI: Zhigang Zhu), 9/1/2016 to 9/30/2018, renewable up to five years.
August 30, 2016 Mr. Wai L. Khoo successfully defended his PhD thesis: GIVE‐ME: GAMIFICATION IN VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS FOR MULTIMODAL EVALUATION – A FRAMEWORK. Congratulations!
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 Three student teams in the joint senior design class of Prof. Zhu (CS) and Prof. Jizhong Xiao (EE) won NYSID CREATE (Cultivating Resources for Employment with Assistive TEchnology) Grants for projects on improving employment for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): CuraWatch for task management and monitoring, Green Jacket for ordering meals, and QR Navigation for indoor navigation.
May 02, 2016 Three members of the City College Visual Computing Lab directed by Prof. Zhigang Zhu have been accepted to the Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions at the DHS CCICADA at Rutgers, working on a Collaborative Vision Approach with Semantic 3D Scene Models for Scalable Crowd Behavior Analysis and Navigation Support. The team members are Dr. Zhigang Zhu (Professor of Computer Science), Greg Olmschenk (PhD student at CUNY Graduate Center), and Vishnu Nair (an undergraduate student in Computer Engineering), and the CCICADA advisor is Prof. Jie Gong at Rutgers.
March 29, 2016 Prof. Zhigang Zhu gave an invited talk Entrepreneurship: From the Perspective of a Research Mentor, at the Innovation & Business Concepts Forum, Entrepreneurial Concept Competition (ECC) Workshop, NYC Alliance
March 16, 2016 Prof. Zhigang Zhu gave an invited talk at Cornell Tech, New York City, on Multimodal and Alternative Perception for Assisting People in Need.
November 12, 2015 Prof. Zhigang Zhu gave a talk Multimodal and Alternative Perception with Human-Machine Collaboration, in the CCICADA-CRG Research Talk, DHS CCICADA HQ in Piscataway, NJ.
October 25, 2015 A team of Visual Computing Lab members (Z. Zhu, H. Tang, E. Molina, W. L. Khoo, F. Hu, W. Li) attended STEMFest, Highland View Academy, with demonstrations and a panel talk: Emerging Technologies of Mobile Computing and Gaming for Helping the Blind.
May 22, 2015 Professor Zhu and PhD student Greg Olmschenk give a talk on Multimodal and Alternative Perception for Man-Machine Collaboration, Accessibility Research Group, IBM Research-Tokyo
March 27, 2015 CcvcL members (Z. Zhu, H. Tang, E. Molina and W. L. Khoo) organized a Creativity & Innovation Workshop, Accessible Games, Virtual Reality and Wearable Devices for People Who Are Visually Impaired, The 8th Annual CCVIP Annual Employment and Visual Impairment Conference on Policy & Practice: “Make It Happen”,
March 12, 2015 Professor Zhu Zhu gave an invited talk onResearch and Education on Assistive Technologies for the Blind, in the New Dimensions Lecture Series at Brooklyn Technical High School.
May 17, 2015 Vista Wearable Inc. is featured in the Crains New York Business. Here's article (link) Here's the feature (link)
May 15, 2015 Mr. Edgardo Molina successfully defended his PhD thesis: PANORAMA GENERATION FOR STEREOSCOPIC VISUALIZATION OF LARGE SCALE. Now is the CEO and Co-Founder of Vista Wearable, Inc. Congratulations!
April 30, 2015 A CS/CpE/EE Joint Senior Design Team won the 2015 Social Innovation Prize ($30K) from the Zahn Innovation Center. Project Title: HAST: Health and Support Technology for Families using Open Source Wearable Devices. Team members (Joint Senior Design Class Students): Benjamin Tan (EE), Bin Xu (EE), Ni Yao (CpE) and Xue Bin Zhao (CS). Mentors: Professors Jizhong Xiao and Zhigang Zhu.
April 9, 2015 Three members of the City College Visual Computing Lab directed by Prof. Zhigang Zhu have been accepted to the Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions at the DHS CCICADA at Rutgers. They are Dr. Hao Tang (assistant professor at BMCC, PhD graduate from Prof. Zhu’s group), Greg Olmschenk (Prof. Zhu’s current PhD student), and David Zeng (an undergraduate student in Prof. Zhu’s Data Structures class)
Feb 21, 2015 Mr. Harith Morgan, a high school student at Brooklyn Tech, won the 2015 REM Best Poster Award during the 2015 EMERGING RESEARCHERS NATIONAL (ERN 2015) CONFERENCE IN STEM in Washington DC. Harith was a research participant in the 2014-2015 EFRI-REM Summer Research Program at CCNY.
Jan 1, 2015 City College will continue the NSF EFRI Research Experience and Mentoring (EFRI-REM) program for the fourth year on Multimodal Alternative Perception for Visually Impaired People (MAP-4-VIP). This is a supplement to the existing $2M NSF EFRI-M3C grant, with $100K, $120K, $100K and $100K for years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively, to attract, support and train underrepresented students in cutting-edge research in STEM fields: (link)
March 20, 2014 Looking for applicants to the NSF EFRI-REM 2014 program.
May 20, 2013 Professor Zhigang Zhu received President’s Award for Excellence, The City College of New York, in the inaugural year of the President's Awards.
May 18, 2013 Congratulations to Mr. Wai Khoo on receiving GC Provost's Digital Incubator Grant of $1,000.
May 18, 2013 Congratulations to Mr. Greg Olmschenk on receiving PSC-CUNY award of $12,000, with Prof. Zhigang Zhu.
May 18, 2013 Congratulations to Dr. Hao Tang on receiving PSC-CUNY award of $6,000.
May 04, 2013 City College will continue the NSF EFRI Research Experience and Mentoring (EFRI-REM) program for the second year on Multimodal Alternative Perception for Visually Impaired People (MAP-4-VIP). PIs: Zhigang Zhu, Tony Ro and YingLi Tian. This is supplement to the existing $2M NSF EFRI-M3C grant, with $100K and $120K for year 1012 and year 2013, respectively, to attract, support and train underrepresented students in cutting-edge research in STEM fields: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1137172
March 19, 2013 Professors Zhigang Zhu (CS), Yingli Tian (EE) and Tony Ro (Psy) are co-chairs of the IEEE Workshop on Multimodal and Alternative Perception for Visually Impaired People (MAP4VIP), July 15th, 2003, San Jose, USA, in conjunction with ICME 2013. http://www-cs.engr.ccny.cuny.edu/~zhu/MAP4VIP/ This workshop is financially sponsored by NSF (detail: http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1327236 ), Microsoft Research and Grove School of Engineering at CCNY.
Feb 11, 2013 Professors Zhigang Zhu (CS), Jizhong Xiao (EE)and Tony Ro (Psy) won a three-year grant from National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) Course and Program for strengthening interdisciplinary undergraduate senior designs. The theme is “Human and Machine Intelligence - Perception, Computation and Action”, and the grant period is June 1, 2013 to August 31, 2016 http://nciia.org/node/1990
December 06, 2012 Mr. Hao Tang successfully defensed his PhD thesis: 3D SCENE MODELING AND UNDERSTANDING FROM IMAGE SEQUENCES. Now he is an Assistant Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York. Congratulations!
November 06, 2012 Mr. Tao Wang successfully defensed his PhD thesis: AN ADAPTIVE AND INTEGRATED MULTIMODAL SENSING AND PROCESSING FRAMEWORK FOR LONG RANGE MOVING OBJECT DETECTION AND CLASSIFICATION. Now he is a Senior Software Engineer at BAE Systems. Congratulations!
September 2012 Mr. Edgardo Molina received the Khan and Lyons Scholarship for Ph.D. Student in the Grove School of Engineering, The City College of New York. Congratulations!
August 27, 2012 PhD students Ms Farnaz Abtahi, Mr. Feng Hu and Mr. Martin Goldberg joined the City College Visual Computing Lab. Welcome!
August 17, 2012 Professor Jizhong Xiao (EE) and Professor Zhigang Zhu (CS) won a 5-year NSF grant developing and running a joint Senior Design Program on Assistive Technology to Aid Visually Impaired People in CS, CpE and EE. http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1160046
August 7, 2012 Prof. Zhigang Zhu named the Herbert G. Kayser Chair Professor of Computer Science in the Grove School of Engineering, the City College of New York. This is a recognition of the academic achievement of the entire CcvcL team.
August 1, 2012 Prof. Guihua Liu from Southwest University of Science and Technology (China) joined the Lab as a visiting research scholar. Welcome!
June 19, 2012 CcvcL won the NSF I-Corps Award: Transforming 2D Video into an Interactive 3D Viewing Experience (PI: Zhigang Zhu, EL: Edgardo Molina, IMs: Peter Chang and John Blaho)
June 4, 2012 The new NSF EFRI-REM program on Multimodal Alternative Perception for Visually Impaired People (MAP-4-VIP) at CCNY started. PIs: Zhigang Zhu, Tony Ro and YingLi Tian. PhD Student Coordinators: Wai L. Khoo, Edgardo Molina, Hao Tang. PhD Student Mentors: Lei Ai, Psy, Wai L. Khoo, CS, Edgardo Molina, CS, Hao Tang, CS, Tao Wang, CS, Kelly Webster, Psy, Xiaodong Yang, EE, Chucai Yi, EE Research Assistants: Alpha Diallo, CS, Martin Goldberg, CS, Joey Knapp, CS, Carol Mazuera, EE, Frank Palmer, CpE and Math, Jessica Vargas, CS and Psy, Margaret A. Vincent, Psy. Observers: Christine Bharosi, Kalah Dolmen, Jim Waters (NYISE), Ben Humphreys (CCNY), Joey Pan (Bronx Science). This is a truly mulch-disciplinary team work with a pipeline training model.
May 3, 2102 Our 2011-2012 Capstone Team V.I.S.T.A. Won the $50000 Kaylie Prize (See also The City College Kaylie Prize for Entrepreneurship ). The team, "VISTA Wearable," includes four senior computer engineering majors – Daniel Zuleta, Frank Palmer, Cindy Rodriguez, and Javier Montesino – and doctoral student in psychology, Lei Ai. Professor of Computer Science Zhigang Zhu and Professor of Psychology Tony Ro advised the team.
We are looking for highly motivated PhD student as a research assistant working on multimodal sensor design and machine learning. For more information, please visit an abstract of the NSF EFRI Research Award, and a news post about the project. And contact Dr. Zhigang Zhu.
Professor Zhigang Zhu as PI, along with Co-PI's Tony Ro (Psychology, CCNY), Ying Li Tian (EE, CCNY), Kok-Meng Lee (Georgia Tech) and Boris Prilutsky (Georgia Tech) have been awarded a 4 year NSF EFRI award under the topic Man, Machine and Motor Control (M3C) for their proposal: Mobility Skill Acquisition and Learning through Alternative and Multimodal Perception for Visually Impaired People. [Read more]
Professor Zhigang Zhu with Professor Jizhong Xiao have received a NCIAA grant for a senior design course on: Wearable Multimodal Wayfinding Techniques for Blind and Visually Impaired People. [Read more]
Professor Zhigang Zhu has been selected as a Faculty Fellow for the 2011 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP). He will bring two PhD students (Mr. Edgardo Molina and Mr. Tao Wang) to work with him at the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Two Master students, Mr. Jian-Hong Li, Mr. Martin Goldberg and one undergraduate student Mr. Frank Palmer joined the Visual Computing Laboratory. Welcome!
PhD student Mr. Hao Tang just returned from an internship at SRI International Sarnoff. Welcome back!
PhD student Wai L. Khoo is teaching CS212: Data Structures during the Summer 2011 semester.
Mr. Jiang-Hong Li has been selected as a summer intern in 2011 at IBM Research China. Congratulations!
PhD students Tao Wang and Hao Tang successfully passed their second exams (literature reviews). Congratulations!