Brief Biography of Yi Ma

Education and Experience:

Yi Ma was born in Sichuan Province, China. He received Bachelors degree in Automation and 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 tenured 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 associate 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. He is now a professor and executive dean of the School of Information Science and Technology of ShanghaiTech University. He also holds a Guest Professorship at the Univeristy of Science and Technology of China, and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He has served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI) from 2007 to 2011 and the International Journal of Computer Vision (IJCV) from 2010 to 2014. 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 IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, the IMA Journal on Information and Inference, and the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences. He is also on the Senior Editorial Board of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. He 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 and systems theory. Recent research topics include sparse representation and low-rank approximation for high-dimensional data, clustering and classification of high-dimensional data, and reconstruction 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," is 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 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 a Fellow of IEEE. He is ranked the World's Highly Cited Researchers of 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.

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