, Hongwen Kang

Ph.D. Candidate

Robotics Institute

School of Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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I am a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University, the Robotics Institute in the School of Computer Science.  I am co-advised by Professor Takeo Kanade and Martial Hebert, I also work closely with Professor Alexei A. Efros.  Before coming to Pittsburgh, I got my Master and Bachelor degrees both from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).

My research interests include: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Multimedia and Computer Graphics.


News | Education | Publications | Talks | Experience | Fun stuff | Links


 2012-10-06

A-PACE and I are featured on Stanford Epicenter website! Check it out!

 2012-10-05

Presenting our paper for ECCV 2012 at Florence, Italy, from Oct. 8 - Oct. 12

 2012-07-09

In process to make the 5 million product image dataset used in our ECCV2012 paper publicly available, signup for access!

 2012-06-26

My paper on using 5 million product images in object discovery is accepted to the 12th European Conference on Computer Vision, to be held at Firenze, Italy, 7-13 October 2012!

 2012-06-17

Invited to present my research work at the Second IEEE CVPR Workshop on Egocentric (First-Person) Vision, at Providence, Rhode Island

 2012-01-24

Hosting the A-PACE seminar with Dr. Xiaoyan Zhang (President and CEO of KIT Solutions® LLC.), come and join us at Newell Simon Hall 3305 at 7:30PM!

 2012-01-20

Added Quality of Life Technology Center as a sponsor for A-PACE !

 2012-01-17

Hosting the A-PACE seminar with Thomas E. Cox (former Deputy Mayor of Pittsburgh), come and join us at Newell Simon Hall 3305 at 7:30PM!

 2011-12-03

Winning the first place at the 2011 IACT Mobile Health Innovation Challenge Pitch Competition!

 2011-12-01

Hosting the A-PACE seminar with Lily Pietryka (Idea Fundry, Pittsburgh Regional Investment Center), come and join us at Gates Hillman Complex 8102 at 7:30PM!

 2011-11-29

A-PACE passing 100 memebers!

 2011-11-06 - 13

Presenting my paper on Discovering Object Instances from Scenes of Daily Living at the International Conference on Computer Vision in Barcelona, Spain!

 2011-10-20

Hosting the A-PACE seminar with Babs Carryer (Professor of CMU Project Olympus, Co-founder of LaunchCyte LLC), come and join us at Gates Hillman Complex 8102 at 7:30PM!


 09/2006 ~ Present

Ph.D. Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU),

 09/1999 ~ 07/2006

Master and Bachelor, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC),

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  • Hongwen Kang, Martial Hebert, Alexei A. Efros, Takeo Kanade. "Connecting Missing Links: Object Discovery from Sparse Observations using 5 Million Product Images", In Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV 2012). Firenze, Italy, 2012. [PDF],[project page],[5 million product image dataset]

  • Hongwen Kang, Martial Hebert, Takeo Kanade. "Discovering Object Instances from Scenes of Daily Living", In Proceedings of the IEEE 13th International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV 2011). Barcelona, Spain, 2011. [PDF 5.5MB],[project page],[dataset]

  • Hongwen Kang, Martial Hebert, Takeo Kanade. "Image Matching with Distinctive Visual Vocabulary", In Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision 2011 (WACV 2011). Kona, Hawaii, 2011. [PDF 5.9MB][source code on github]

  • Hongwen Kang, Kuansan Wang, David Soukal, Fritz Behr, Zijian Zheng. "Large-scale Bot Detection for Search Engines", In Proceedings of the Nineteenth International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2010). Raleigh, NC, USA. April, 2010. (Oral presentation) [PDF 350KB]

  • Hongwen Kang, Alexei A. Efros, Martial Hebert, Takeo Kanade. "Image Composition for Object Pop-out", IEEE Workshop on 3D Representation for Recognition (3dRR-09), in association with IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) 2009. (Oral presentation) [PDF 7MB], [DataAcquisition, MOV, 8MB], [Methodology, MOV, 8MB]

  • Hongwen Kang, Alexei A. Efros, Martial Hebert, Takeo Kanade. "Image Matching in Large Scale Indoor Environment", IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) Workshop on Egocentric Vision, 2009. (Oral presentation) [PDF 3MB] [MOV 9MB] [data]

  • Hong-Wen Kang, Yasuyuki Matsushita, Xiaoou Tang, Xue-Quan Chen. "Space-Time Video Montage", In proceedings of  IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2006. (Oral presentation) [PDF 1.54MB] Some examples (MOV):[ Space (9.2MB), Time (1.6MB), Space_Time (2.8MB), Multiple Input (4.5MB), Failure Case (3.6MB) ]. Patent awarded (US8000533).

  • Hong-Wen Kang, Xian-Sheng Hua. "To learn Representativeness of Video Frames", In proceedings of ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM MM), Singapore, Nov. 2005.  [PDF 778KB]
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  • 04/2012, Object Discovery --- with the help of 5 million product images, Google Research, Mountain View
  • 04/2012, Object Discovery --- with the help of 5 million product images, HP Labs, Palo Alto
  • 01/2012, Never Ending Object Discovery, National Robotics Engineering Center, Pittsburgh
  • 10/2011, Discovering Object Instances from Scenes of Daily Living, IBM, Watson Research Center
  • 10/2011, Discovering Object Instances from Scenes of Daily Living, Siemens Research, Princeton
  • 03/2011, Object Discovering and Modeling, Beihang University, Beijing
  • 01/2011, Object Discovering and Modeling, Google Research, Mountain View
  • 01/2011, Object Discovering and Modeling, California Institute of Technology
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    06/2009 ~ 09/2009

    Intern, Microsoft Research, Redmond

    06/2008 ~ 09/2008

    Intern, Intel Research, Seattle

    12/2004 ~ 02/2006

    Intern, Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing
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    • Travel: check out my travel photos.
    • Coding for fun. I created ontra.cc, a website that helps people look for hotel rooms in Yellowstone National Park. I had the idea when I found myself spending lots of time looking for last minute hotels for my trip to Yellowstone National Park in summer 2011. I developed the backend system in a night and spent another weekend to put up the web frontend. It attracted hundreds of users just by word of mouth. It feels great when your product actually gets adopted by users and improves people's quality of life!
    • National Park Lodgings. I am currently leading a team of CMU engineering students/alumni to remake ontra.cc. The goal is to extend the current service to all the major national parks. The new web site has been completely redesigned from back to front, so that it can support the increasing number of users of the current website.
    • mvpLabz.com. I founded the mvplabz.com with a bunch of friends. It bridges the needs between innovation companies and engineering talents. The company is focused on developing web, mobile, data-mining and healthcare technologies. Its current customers are mainly from the Pittsburgh area, also Silicon Valley, Seattle and New York.
    • Attacking healthcare in China. I created eyoumedi.com (Chinese, closed), a web-based system to manage Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for small clinics in China, where over 95% of the medical institutes are operated by one or two doctors.
    • Association of Pittsburgh Area Chinese Entrepreneurs (A-PACE). I founded and currently preside over A-PACE, an organization that sets out to connect entrepreneurial Chinese students, scholars and alumni, who have roots in the Pittsburgh area. As of November, 2011, it has over 100 members and it reaches all across the globe, with active members from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and people working at companies such as Google, Microsoft, Siemens, and startups in Pittsburgh, New York, Seattle, Silicon Valley and China. Many of its members have their own business and/or are starting their own ventures.
    • I organized the Computer Vision Misc Reading Group at CMU during 2008-2010.
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