Information for Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in working with me. I am looking for new graduate students (both MSc thesis option and PhD) to join my group. In particular, I'm looking for PhD applicants who have experience in computer vision or machine learning, but interest and enthusiasm for computer vision is most important. SFU accepts applications for both Fall and Spring starting dates and I am always looking for new students.

If you are a new/prospective student, and you are interested in working with me on a research project please read the following. Note that this information is for those students who are not already enrolled in the SFU CS department as a graduate student. If you are at SFU, please send me an email stating your research interests, and we'll set up a meeting.

If you are a prospective graduate student and you have some prior background in computer vision (papers, projects, courses etc.) then please feel free to send me an email about yourself and your research interests. Please see my homepage and the Vision and Media Lab for a list of my recent research projects to get an idea of what I'm interested in.

I like to maintain a moderate sized group of students with whom I work closely, meeting at least weekly to discuss research. As my student we would work together on interesting projects, publish papers in top conferences (e.g. CVPR/ICCV), you would travel to them to present our work, and receive RA funding while doing all of this. Basically, it's being free to work on projects you find exciting and getting paid to do so -- life as a grad student is pretty nice!

A rule of thumb about what I expect in terms of thesis content -- an MSc thesis is one conference paper, and the student should strive to make this into a journal paper as well. A PhD thesis is at least three conference papers, in addition to related workshop and journal papers. MSc students should expect to complete their degrees in 1.5 years, PhD students in 3-4 years. For those who are familiar with the US system, direct entry into the PhD program from BSc is atypical in Canada -- a MSc is required. Students with a BSc would apply to the MSc program, and are encouraged to continue their work towards a PhD upon completion of the MSc. Note that our MSc thesis students do research and receive full RA/TA funding, unlike many programs in the US.

Information on funding is available from the SFU CS Graduate Program. All MSc thesis and PhD students receive full funding. We will match competing offers from other schools, please email for more information. In addition, my lab often has industry collaboration including internships. These internships include a $12000 stipend for one semester.

I receive a large volume of email from prospective students. Some answers to common questions are below.

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