Tsai receives Google Ph.D. Fellowship


March 31, 2016

Chia-Yin Tsai, an electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. student, received a 2016 Google Fellowship for Machine Perception, Speech Technology and Computer Vision. Google created the Ph.D. Fellowship program in 2009 to recognize and support outstanding graduate students doing exceptional research in Computer Science and related disciplines. Tsai is one of 39 recipients from North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

“Receiving the Google Ph.D. Fellowship is immensely encouraging,” says Tsai. “A special thanks and shoutout to my adviser, Aswin Sankaranarayanan, and colleagues in the Image Science Lab. We have a lot of fun discussing ideas and helping each other get better in all aspects of research. All of the support that I receive in CMU has surely helped me to become a better researcher.”

Chia-Yin’s dissertation research is unconstrained shape and reflectance acquisition for scenes that interact with light in complex and intricate ways; examples include scenes that contain transparent and shiny/specular objects that produce large amounts of inter-reflections, and objects with sub-surface and volumetric scattering.

See the complete list of Google Ph.D. Fellows here.