I am an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh, since January 2015.

I received my PhD from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin, in August 2014. My adviser was Kristen Grauman. My research interests lie in computer vision and machine learning. I got my undergraduate degree at Pomona College in California, with majors in Computer Science and Media Studies.

News: In February 2021, I was awarded an NSF CAREER for developing methods to handle noise and ambiguity in weak language and multimodal supervision for object detection. Big thanks to NSF, my students, and my mentors!

News: In September 2020, Erin Walker, Diane Litman, Timothy Nokes-Malach and I received a new NSF award for developing multimodal dialogue for human-robot collaborative learning of math.

News: In August 2020, I received a new NSF award on generalization with shape and context. Thanks, NSF!

News: Four top-tier publications in 2019: TPAMI (impact factor 17.7), CVPR oral (acceptance rate 5.6%), ICCV (acceptance rate 25%), NeurIPS (acceptance rate 21.1%).

News: In July 2018, 1 ECCV and 4 BMVC papers were accepted (1 oral, 1 spotlight and 2 posters), and I received a Pitt CRDF award.

News: In February 2018, I received a Google Faculty Research Award.

News: I will organize the first CVPR workshop on understanding advertisements, and will co-organize the first workshop on understanding subjective attributes in vision.

News: In July 2017, Rebecca Hwa and I received an NSF Small award for modeling vividness and symbolism to decode visual rhetoric.

News: I'll be an Area Chair for CVPR 2018, and Tutorials Chair for WACV 2018.

News: In April 2017, we released the data and annotations for our CVPR 2017 spotlight "Automatic Understanding of Image and Video Advertisements".

News: In June 2016, I received a University of Pittsburgh Central Research Development Fund (CRDF) award.

News: In May 2016, I received an NSF CRII CISE award to automatically understand visual rhetoric in the media.

News: In February 2016, I received a Google Faculty Research Award.

Note to prospective students: