Brief Biography of Professor Yi Ma

Education and Experience:

Yi Ma was born in Sichuan Province, China. He received a Bachelor's degree in Automation and a second degree in Applied Mathematics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1995. He received an Master degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) in 1997, a second Master degree in Mathematics in 2000, and the Ph.D. degree in EECS in 2000, all from the University of California at Berkeley.

From 2000 to 2011, he served as a tenure-track assistant professor and associated professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he now holds an Adjunct Professorship. He also serves as a research professor both in the Decision & Control Group of the Coordinated Science Laboratory and in the Image Formation & Processing Group of the Beckman Institute. He was a visiting senior researcher at the Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China in fall 2006 and a visiting professor at EECS Department of UC Berkeley in spring 2007. From January 2009 to January 2014, he served as the research manager and principal researcher of the Visual Computing Group at Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing, China. From February 2014 to November 2017, he was a professor and then the executive dean of the School of Information Science and Technology of ShanghaiTech University. He is a co-founder of a light-field 3D acquisition startup company Plex-VR Digital Technology (Shanghai), established in early 2016. He is now on the faculty of the EECS Department of University of California at Berkeley. He also holds Adjunct Professorships at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, the Univeristy of Science and Technology of China, and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

He has served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI) from 2007 to 2011, the International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV) from 2010 to 2014, and the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 2013 to 2017. He has also served as the chief guest editor for special issues for the Proceedings of IEEE and the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine in 2010 and 2011. He currently serves as the associate editors for the IMA Journal on Information and Inference, and the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences. He is on the Senior Editorial Board of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. He has served as an Area Chair for NIPS 2011 and ICCV 2011 (Spain), the Program Chair for ICCV 2013 (Australia), and General Chair for ICCV 2015 (Chile).

Research Interests:

His research interests include computer vision, compressive sensing, machine learning, and intelligent systems. Recent research topics include the relationships between low-dimemsional models and deep networks, sparse representation and low-rank approximation for high-dimensional data, clustering and classification of high-dimensional data, and reconstruction of 3D structures from images . His work has found broad applications in areas such as segmentation of natural images, face recognition, aligning and rectifying images. He has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed articles. He is the first author of the textbook "An Invitation to 3-D Vision," published by Springer in 2003. His new book, "Generalized Principal Component Analysis," was recently published by Springer in 2016.

Academic Honors:

He received the first prize of Excellent Student Scholarship from Tsinghua University in 1994 and the Regents Fellowship from U.C. Berkeley from 1995 to 1996. His PhD research won the David Marr Best Paper Award with S. Soatto, J. Kosecka, and S. Sastry, at the International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) in 1999. He also received honorable mention for the Longuet-Higgins Best Paper Award with R. Vidal at the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) in 2004, the Sang Uk Lee Best Student Paper Award with his students Shankar Rao, Hossein Mobahi, and Allen Yang at the Asian Conference on Computer Vision (ACCV) in 2009, and the second prize of the Best Paper Award of the IMA Journal on Information and Inference in 2015. Yi Ma was the recipient of the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2003. He was also the recipient of the Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 2005. He received the Gold Star Award from Microsoft Corporate in 2009 and the Best Research Team of the Year Award from Microsoft Research Asia in 2012. He has given over two dozens of Plenary Talks at international conferences and workshops. He was on the Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent of the University of Illinois for Spring'01, Fall'02, and Spring'06. Yi Ma is an IEEE Fellow since 2013 and an ACM Fellow since 2017. He is ranked the World's Highly Cited Researchers since 2016 by Clarivate Analytics of Thomson Reuters and ranked Top 50 of the World's Most Influential Authors in Computer Science by Semantic Scholar, reported by Science Magazine in April 2016.

©2007 Yi Ma
Last modified: Thu Dec 28 23:56:24 PST 2017