Joining My Research Group (2020-21)

I am actively looking for talented students with a strong mathematical bent and a passion for computational photography, computer vision and/or computer graphics. If you want to do top-notch research that breaks new ground in any (or all) of these areas please fill out this Google form. This is the best way to ensure that your request will be recorded and that I will see it promptly. Please send me email ONLY if you cannot access or submit this form (and mention this in your email).

I maintain a tighly-knit and friendly research group that encourages close interaction, careful deliberation, independence and exploration. I have been fortunate to work with very talented students over the years---and together we have won best paper awards at all of computer vision's top conferences (ICCV, CVPR, ECCV). Most recently, my former PhD student Matt O'Toole received the 2017 ACM SIGGRAPH Dissertation Award Honorable Mention.

Prospective MSc and PhD students

I have several graduate student openings for the 2020-21 academic year. Students with a solid foundation in computer science, electrical engineering, optics and/or applied math are highly encouraged to apply via the DCS graduate admissions website.

Admission decisions are made by a centralized committee in consultation with faculty in the department. Your best chance of me seeing your application is to (a) mention my name in your research statement and (b) fill out the google form with your background and interests.

The papers listed on my home page cover some of my recent work. Bare in mind, however, that my interests go well beyond those papers. This year I am specifically looking for students with the following interests and/or background:

  • computational imaging: novel imaging sensors, computational optics, computational cameras, computational microscopy, unconventional sensing modalities (time-of-flight, acoustic, ultrasound, infrared, coherent, etc), applications in medical and scientific imaging
  • computer vision: computer vision for mobile phones, structure from motion, 3D shape acquisition, 2D/3D tracking, 3D scene understanding, image segmentation, machine learning for computer vision, physics-based vision
  • computer graphics: motion capture, 3D shape acquisition, image- and video-based modeling, computational light transport

Prior research experience in these subjects is not necessary. What is necessary is drive and enthusiasm; an ability to learn quickly; and a desire to attack cutting-edge research problems.

The traditional route to a PhD at UofT's Department of Computer Science is to first enroll in our MSc program. Nevertheless, it is now possible to apply for entry to the PhD program directly from a BSc degree, like most schools in the United States.

Note that both the MSc and the PhD programs are fully funded, ie you receive a research fellowship with a funding guarantee. See this link for more details.

Undergraduate students

I will be on sabbatical, and away from Toronto, for the 2019-2020 academic year, so I will not be taking on undergraduate students during that period.

I do not take undergraduate interns from universities outside Canada.

Highly-motivated undergraduate students at the UofT who wish to join my group should fill out the google form. In addition to computer science, students in engineering science, electrical engineering, mathematics, physics or related disciplines are welcome to apply.

My group typically has 2-4 undergraduate UofT students at any given time, working on research projects either independently or alongside graduate students. Prior exposure to vision or graphics is not necessary; what is required is a solid foundation in mathematics (calculus, linear algebra, discrete math).

As a general rule, I work with students who plan to pursue graduate-level research after their undergraduate degree. Recent alumni from my group have been accepted to some of North America's best graduate CS programs (UofT, Stanford, MIT, CMU, Princeton, UCLA, UCSD, UBC, etc).

Several mechanisms exist for doing undergraduate research, including project courses; lab internships; NSERC USRAs; engineering thesis; and engineering design projects. Although I will consider excellent students at all degree stages, students in their first 3 years of study are especially encouraged to contact me, as they have a longer horizon for doing research.

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