Biography

Prof. Winston Hsu (徐宏民) is an active researcher dedicated to large-scale image/video retrieval/mining, visual recognition, and machine intelligence. He is keen to realizing advanced researches towards business deliverables via academia-industry collaborations. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University. He founded MiRA (Multimedia indexing, Retrieval, and Analysis) research group and co-leads Communication and Multimedia Lab (CMLab). Working closely with the industry, he was a Visiting Scientist at Microsoft Research Redmond (2014) and is now in his sabbatical leave (2016-2017) at IBM TJ Watson Research Center, New York,  to enhance Watson’s visual cognition, where he contributed the first AI produced movie trailer. He is the Director and PI for NVIDIA AI Lab (NTU), the 1st in Asia. Having investigated deep neural networks for numerous image/video challenges, recently, he is also helping companies set up the AI/deep learning teams for advanced products. He received Ph.D. (2007) from Columbia University, New York, under the supervision of Prof. Shih-Fu Chang. Before that, he was a founding engineer and research manager in CyberLink Corp, now a public image/video software company. He serves as the Associate Editors for IEEE Multimedia Magazine and IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, two premier journals.

He is proud to be a marathoner, a triathlete, and a father of three.

In his internationally competitive research group, he is always looking forward to working closely, as a partner, with enthusiastic and motivated team members for the exciting projects. Feel free to contact for further opportunities as postdocs, research assistants, and (PhD, master, undergraduate) students.

Academic/Industry Positions

  • present2016

    Visiting Scientist – Cognitive Computing

    IBM TJ Watson Research Center, New York, USA

  • present2016

    Director, NVIDIA AI Lab

    National Taiwan University, Taipei

  • present2015

    Professor

    Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei

  • summer2014

    Visiting Researcher

    Microsoft Research Redmond, USA

  • 20152007

    Assistant/Associate Professor

    Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei

  • 20011997

    Founding Engineer and RD Manager

    CyberLink Corp. (訊連科技), Taipei

Education

  • Ph.D. 2007

    Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

    Department of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University, New York

  • MS 1995

    MS in Computer Science

    Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Honors and Awards

  • Jan. 2017
    2016 IBM Research Image Award
    Recognizing the technology, industry, and media impacts for the first AI trailer, Morgan, as the Visiting Scientist to IBM TJ Watson Research Center, New York
  • Oct.2016
    Award for NVIDIA AI LAB
    The 1st in Asia; awards with multi-year gift grants and supercomputer DGX-1 for deep learning, presented by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang.
  • Nov. 2016
    Microsoft Research Asia Collaborative Research Award
    Deep learning methods for fashion photo chatbot
  • Nov. 2014
    ACM Multimedia 2014 Grand Challenge Multimodal Award
    A premier recognition for solving industry challenges in the top conference
  • Jul. 2012
    2014-2017 Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Excellent Young Researcher Award
    selective research grants for prominent young researchers
  • Dec. 2013
    2013 National Outstanding IT Elite Award (傑出資訊人才獎)
    National awards for contributions in advanced research and industry collaborations
  • Oct. 2013
    FIRST PLACE in MSR-Bing Image Retrieval Challenge 2013
    award presented by Microsoft CTO Dr. Harry Shum; event hosted by Microsoft Research Redmond and Bing
  • Oct. 2013
    ACM Multimedia 2013 Grand Challenge Multimodal Award
    A premier recognition for solving industry challenges in the top conference
  • Jul. 2012
    2012-2014 National Science Council (NSC) Excellent Young Researcher Award
    selective research grants for prominent young researchers
  • Jul. 2012
    2012 NTU EECS Research Contribution Award
    top 3% among 180 faculties in EECS school
  • Apr. 2012
    Microsoft Research Asia Collaborative Research Award
    2012 Microsoft Research Asia Windows Phone Theme Program
  • Dec. 2011
    FIRST Prize for ACM Multimedia Grand Challenge 2011
    A premier recognition for solving industry challenges in the top conference
  • Aug. 2011
    2011 National Science Council Ta-You Wu Memorial Award (科技部吳大猷先生紀念獎)
    a national and prestigious recognition for young researchers
  • Jan. 2009
    Microsoft Research Asia Collaborative Research Award