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YingLi Tian

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YingLi Tian

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ST 512
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Steinman Hall
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(212) 650-5389
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(212) 650-8249
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http://media-lab.ccny.cuny.edu/wordpress/YLTCCNYHomepage/home.html
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Dr. Ying-Li Tian is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the City College of New York. She received her PhD from theDepartment of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1996 and her BS and MS from TianJin University, China in 1987 and 1990. She is experienced in computer vision topics ranging from object recognition, scene understanding, to human behavior analysis, facial expression recognition, gesture recognition, and assistive technology.

After she worked in National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, Dr. Tian joined theRobotics Institute in Carnegie Mellon University as a postdoctoral fellow. She focused on automatic facial expression analysis.From 2001 to 2008,Dr. Tian was a research staff member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorn, New York. She focused on moving object detection, tracking, and event and activity analysis. She was one of the inventors of the IBM Smart Surveillance Solutions (SSS) and was leading the video analytics team. She received the IBM Invention Achievement Awards every year from 2002 to 2007. She also received the IBM Outstanding Innovation Achievement Award in 2007. As an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, she co-taught a course onAutomatic Video Surveillance (Spring 2008). Dr. Tian has published more than 130 papers in journals and conferences and has filed more than 30 patents. She is a senior member of IEEE.

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  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1996
  • M.S., Thermophysical Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 1990
  • B.S., Precision Instrument and Opto-Electronics Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 1987
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Courses Taught
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  • EE 21000 Switching Systems
  • EE 47100 Introduction to Digital Image Processing
  • EE I2200 Image Processing
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Research Interests
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Computer vision, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Assistive Technology, and Remote Sensing, etc.

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Publications
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  1. X. Rong, C. Yi, and Y. Tian, Unambiguous Scene Text Segmentation with Referring Expression Comprehension, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 2019. DOI:10.1109/TIP.2019.2930176
  2. L. Jing*, Y. Chen*, and Y. Tian (* indicates equal contributions), Coarse-to-fine Semantic Segmentation from Image-level Labels, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, 2019. DOI:10.1109/TIP.2019.2926748
  3. S. Yu, T. Huang, D. Wang, B. P. Lynn, D. Sayd, V. Silivanov, Y. S. Park, Y. Tian, and H. Su, Design and Control of a High-Torque and Highly-Backdrivable Hybrid Soft Exoskeleton for Knee Injury Prevention during Squatting, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2019. 
  4. Y. Xian and Y. Tian, Self-Guiding Multimodal LSTM - When We Do Not Have a Perfect Training Dataset for Image Captioning, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Volume: 28, Issue: 11, Page(s): 5241-5252, Nov. 2019. DOI: 10.1109/TIP.2019.2917229
  5. Z. Petrou and Y. Tian, Prediction of Sea Ice Motion with Convolutional Long Short-Term Memory Networks, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 57, Issue: 9, Pages: 6865-6876, September 2019. DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2019.2909057
  6. B. Li, J. P. Munoz, X. Rong, Q. Chen, J. Xiao, Y. Tian, A. Arditi, and M. Yousuf, Vision-based Mobile Indoor Assistive Navigation with Obstacle Avoidance for Blind People, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Vol. 18, No. 3, Pages 702-714, March, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1109/TMC.2018.2842751
  7. Y. Ye, X. Yang, and Y. Tian, Discovering Spatio-Temporal Action Tubes, Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation, Volume 58, January 2019, Pages 515-524. DOI:10.1016/j.jvcir.2018.12.019
  8. M. A. Halstead, S. Denman, S. Sridharan, Y. Tian, and C. Fookes, Multimodal Clothing Recognition for Semantic Search in Unconstrained Surveillance Imagery, Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation, Volume 58, January 2019, Pages 439-452. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvcir.2018.12.001
  9. Z. Petrou, Y. Xian, and Y. Tian, Towards Breaking the Spatial Resolution Barriers: An Optical Flow and Super-Resolution Approach for Sea Ice Motion Estimation, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Volume 138, Pages 164-175, April 2018.
  10. L. Jing, X. Yang, and Y. Tian, Video You Only Look Once: Overall Temporal Convolutions for Action Recognition, Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation, Volume 52, Pages 58-65, April 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvcir.2018.01.016
  11. C. Zhang, Y. Tian, X. Guo, and J. Liu, DAAL: Deep Activation-based Attribute Learning for Action Recognition in Depth Videos, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Volume 167, February 2018, Pages 37-49, DOI: 10.1016/j.cviu.2017.11.008. 
  12. Y. Xian, Z. Petrou, Y. Tian, and W. Meier, Super-Resolved Fine Scale Sea Ice Motion Tracking, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 55 , Issue 10, 2017.
  13. X. Yang and Y. Tian, Super Normal Vector for Human Activity Recognition with Depth Cameras, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. 39, No. 5, pp. 1028-1039, May 2017.
  14. Z. Petrou and Y. Tian, High Resolution Sea Ice Motion Estimation With Optical Flow Using Satellite Spectroradiometer Data, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 55, No. 3, March 2017.
  15. Y. Xian, X. Rong, X. Yang, and Y. Tian, Evaluation of Low-Level Features for Real-World Surveillance Event Detection, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, pp. 624-634, Vol. 27, No. 3, March 2017.
  16. Z. Liu, C. Zhang and Y. Tian, 3D-based Deep Convolutional Neural Network for Action Recognition with Depth Sequences, Image and Vision Computing, Vol. 55, Part 2, pp. 93-100, November 2016. doi:10.1016/j.imavis.2016.04.004
  17. Y. Xian and Y. Tian, Single Image Super-Resolution via Internal Gradient Similarity, Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation, pp. 91-102, Vol. 35, Feb. 2016. DOI information: 10.1016/j.jvcir.2015.11.015
  18. C. Zhang and Y. Tian, Histogram of 3D Facets: A Depth Descriptor for Human Action and Hand Gesture Recognition, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Volume 139, Pages 29-39, October 2015.
  19. L. Tian, C. Yi, and Y. Tian, Detecting Good Quality Frames in Videos from Mobile Camera for Blind Navigation, Journal of Computer Vision and Image Processing, Vol. 5, No. 10, October 2015.
  20. C. Yi and Y. Tian, Assistive Text Reading from Natural Scene for Blind Persons, Chapter in book Mobile Cloud Visual Media Computing: From Interaction to Service, by Springer, G. Hua and X. Hua (Eds), 2015.
  21. S. Chen, X. Yang, and Y. Tian, Discriminative Hierarchical K-Means Tree for Large-Scale Image Classification, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Vol. 26, No. 9, 2015.
  22. S. Chen and Y. Tian, Pyramid of Spatial Relatons for Remotely Sensed Land Use Classification, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 53, No. 4, pp1947-1957, April 2015. 
  23. Y. Tian, RGB-D Sensor-Based Computer Vision Assistive Technology for Visually Impaired Persons, Chapter in book Computer Vision and Machine Learning with RGB-D Sensors, by Springer, L. Shao, J. Han, P. Kohli, Z. Zhang (Eds), 2014. ISSN 2191-6586, ISBN 978-3-319-08650-7
  24. C. Yi and Y. Tian, "Scene Text Recognition in Mobile Applications by Character Descriptor and Structure Configuration," IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Vol. 23, No. 7, pp2972-2982, July 2014.
  25. X. Yang, S. Yuan, and Y. Tian, "Assistive Clothing Pattern Recognition for Visually Impaired People," IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp234-243, April, 2014.
  26. C. Yi, Y. Tian, and A. Arditi, Portable Camera-based Assistive Text and Product Label Reading from Hand-held Objects for Blind Persons,IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp808-817, June 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TMECH.2013.2261083
  27. S. Wang, H. Pan, C. Zhang, and Y. Tian, RGB-D Image-Based Detection of Stairs, Pedestrian Crosswalks and Traffic Signs, Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation (JVCIR), Vol. 25, pp263-272, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvcir.2013.11.005
  28. X. Yang and Y. Tian, Effective 3D Action Recognition Using Eigenjoints, Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation (JVCIR), Special Issue on Visual Understanding and Applications with RGBD Cameras, Volume 25, Issue 1, January 2014. JVCI 2015 Best Paper Award.
  29. X. Yang and Y. Tian. Texture Representations Using Subspace Embeddings. Pattern Recognition Letters (PRL), 34(10):1130-1137, 2013. 
  30. F. Hasanuzzaman, X. Yang, and Y. Tian, Monitoring Activity of Taking Medicine by Incorporating RFID and Video Analysis, Network Modeling Analysis in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 61-70. July 2013. DOI: 10.1007/s13721-013-0025-y.
  31. S. Wang, X. Yang, and Y. Tian, Detecting Signage and Doors for Blind Navigation and Wayfinding, Network Modeling Analysis in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, July 2013, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 81-93. 
  32. C. Yi, R. Flores, R. Chincha, and Y. Tian, Finding Objects for Assisting Blind People, Network Modeling Analysis in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, July 2013, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 71-79. DOI: 10.1007/s13721-013-0026-x
  33. A. Arditi and Y. Tian, User Interface Preferences in the Design of a Camera-Based Navigation and Wayfinding Aid, Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, Vol. 107, Number 2, pp118-129, March-April, 2013.
  34. S. Chen, Y. Tian, Q. Liu, and D. Metaxas, Recognizing Expressions from Face and Body Gesture by Temporal Normalized Motion and Appearance Features, Image and Vision Computing, Volume 31, Issue 2, February, Pages 175-185, 2013, DOI: 10.1016/j.imavis.2012.06.014 
  35. Y. Tian, L. Cao, Z. Liu, and Z. Zhang, Action Detection by Fusing Hierarchically Filtered Motion With Spatiotemporal Interest Point Features, In book Human Behavior Recognition Technologies: Intelligent Applications for Monitoring and Security, by IGI Global, Hans Guesgen and Stephen Marsland (Eds.), ISBN 978-1-4666-3682-8 (hardcover) -- ISBN 978-1-4666-3683-5 (ebook), 2013.
  36. Y. Tian, X. Yang, C. Yi, and A. Arditi, Toward a Computer Vision-based Wayfinding Aid for Blind Persons to Access Unfamiliar Indoor Environments, Machine Vision and Applications, Issue 24, No. 3, April 2013, pp. 521-535. DOI: 10.1007/s00138-012-0431-7. NIHMSID # 371367
  37. C. Yi and Y. Tian, Text Extraction from Scene Images by Character Appearance and Structure Modeling, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Vol. 117, No. 2, pp. 182-194, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.cviu.2012.11.002, NIHMS #424449
  38. C. Zhang and Y. Tian, RGB-D Camera-based Daily Living Activity Recognition, Journal of Computer Vision and Image Processing, Vol. 2, No. 4, December 2012.
  39. C. Yi and Y. Tian, Localizing Text in Scene Images by Boundary Clustering, Stroke Segmentation, and String Fragment Classification, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Vol. 21, No. 9, pp4256-4268, 2012. PMID:22614647
  40. S. Wang, C. Yi, and Y. Tian, Signage Detection and Recognition for Blind Persons to Access Unfamiliar Environments, Journal of Computer Vision and Image Processing, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2012.
  41. Y. Tian and S. Chen, Understanding Effects of Image Resolution for Facial Expression Analysis, Journal of Computer Vision and Image Processing, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2012.
  42. S. Chen and Y. Tian, Describing Visual Scene through EigenMaps, Journal of Computer Vision and Image Processing, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2012.
  43. C. Yi and Y. Tian, Assistive Text Reading from Complex Background for Blind Persons, In book Camera-Based Document Analysis and Recognition, the 4th International Workshop on (CBDAR11), Revised Selected Papers, Masakazu Iwamura and Faisal Shafait (Eds), Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, Vol. 7139, pp15-28, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, ISSN 0302-9743, 2012.
  44. F. Hasanuzzaman*, X. Yang*, and Y. Tian (* indicates equal contributions), Robust and Effective Component-based Banknote Recognition for the Blind, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics--Part C: Applications and Reviews, Jan. 2012. PMCID: PMC3363999. 
  45. Y. Tian, A. Senior, and M. Lu, Robust and Efficient Foreground Analysis in Complex Surveillance Videos, Machine Vision and Applications, Volume 23, Issue 5, Page 967-983, 2012. 
  46. H. Gunes, C. Shan, S. Chen, and Y. Tian, Bodily Expression for Automatic Affect Recognition, In Advances in Emotion Recognition, A. Konar, A. Chakraborty (Eds.), Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
  47. Y. Tian, L. Cao, Z. Liu, and Z. Zhang, Hierarchical Filtered Motion for Action Recognition in Crowded Videos, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics--Part C: Applications and Reviews, Vol. 42, No. 3, pp313-323, 2012.
  48. S. Yuan, Y. Tian, and A. Arditi, Clothing Matching for Visually Impaired Persons, Technology and Disability, Vol. 23, 2011. PMCID: PMC3328861
  49. C. Yi and Y. Tian, Text String Detection from Natural Scenes by Structure-based Partition and Grouping, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Vol. 20, Issue 9, 2011, PMID: 21411405, PMCID: PMC3337634. OSTD Dataset
  50. Y. Tian, R. Feris, H. Liu, A. Hampapur, and M. Sun, Robust Detection of Abandoned and Removed Objects in Complex Surveillance Videos, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics--Part C: Applications and Reviews, Vol. 41, Issue 5, 2011. 
  51. R. Feris, A. Hampapur, Y. Zhai, R. Bobbitt, L. Brown, D. Vaquero, Y. Tian. H. Liu and M-T. Sun, Case Study: IBM Smart Surveillance System, in book of Intelligent Video Surveillance: Systems and Technology, by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. 2009.
  52. Y. Tian, R. Feris, L. Brown, D. Vaquero, Y. Zhai and A. Hampapur, Multi-Scale Person Detection and Motion Analysis for Video Surveillance, in book of Machine Learning for Human Motion Analysis: Theory and Practice, by Idea Group Inc. 2009.
  53. Y. Zhai, Y. Tian, R. Feris, L. Brown, R. Bobbitt, A. Hampapur, and S. Velipasalar, Composite Event Detection in Multi-Camera and Multi-Sensor Surveillance Networks, in book of Multi-Camera Networks: Concepts and Applications, by Elsevier. 2009.
  54. Y. Tian, A.W. Senior, A. Hampapur, L. Brown, C. Shu, and M. Lu, IBM Smart Surveillance System (S3): Event Based Video Surveillance System with an Open and Extensible Framework, Machine Vision and Applications, 19:315-327, 2008.
  55. Y. Tian, A. Hampapur, L. Brown, R. Feris, M. Lu, A. Senior, C. Shu, and Y. Zhai, Event detection, query, and retrieval for video surveillance, In book Artificial Intelligence for Miximizing Content Based Image Retrieval, Edited by Zongmin Ma, Published by Idea Group Inc., 2008.
  56. G. Pingali, Y. Tian, S. Ebadollahi, J. Pelecanos, M. Podlaseck, and H. Stavropoulos, An End-to-end eChronicling System for Mobile Human Surveillance, In book Multimodal Surveillance: Sensors, Algorithms and Systems, Edited by Z. Zhu and T. Huang, Artech House Publishers, 2007.
  57. A. Senior, A. Hampapur, Y. Tian, L. Brown, S. Pankanti, and R. Bolle, Appearance Models for Occlusion Handling, Journal of Image and Vision Computing Volume 24 Issue 11, pp 1233-1243, November 2006.
  58. A. Senior, S. Pankanti, A. Hampapur, L. Brown, Y. Tian, A. Ekin, J. Connell, C. Shu, and M. Lu, Enabling Video Privacy through Computer Vision, IEEE Security & Privacy - Infrastructure Security, vol. 3, No. 3, May/June 2005.
  59. A. Hampapur, L. Brown, J. Connell, M. Lu, H. Merkl, S. Pankanti, A. Senior, C. Shu, and Y. Tian, Multi-scale Tracking for Smart Video Surveillance, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol. 22, No. 2, March 2005.
  60. K. Schmidt, J. F. Cohn and Y. Tian, Signal characteristics of spontaneous facial expressions: Automatic movement in solitary and social smiles, In book What the Face Reveals: Basic and Applied Studies of Spontaneous Expression Using The Facial Action Coding Systems (FACS), Second Edition, Edited by Paul Ekman and Erika L. Rosenberg, Elsevier Science Publishers, Oxford University Press,  2005.
  61. A. Senior, A. Hampapur, L. Brown, Y. Tian, C. Shu and S. Pankanti, Distributed Active Multi-camera Networks, Ambient Intelligence ed. P.Remagnino. G.L. Foresti and T.Ellis. Kluwer Publishing 2004.
  62. Y. Tian, T. Kanade and J. F. Cohn, Facial Expression Analysis, In book Handbook of Face Recognition, Edited by Stan Li and A.K. Jain, Springer-Verlag January, 2004.
  63. Y. Tian, Automatic Facial Expression Analysis, Robotics and Machine Perception, SPIE International Technical Group Newsletter, 2004.
  64. K. Schmidt, J. F. Cohn and Y. Tian, Signal characteristics of spontaneous facial expressions: Automatic movement in solitary and social smiles, Biological Psychology, 65, 49-66, 2003.
  65. S. Pankanti, A. Senior, L. Brown, A. Hampapur, Y. Tian, and R. Bolle, Security, Privacy, and Health, IEEE Pervasive Computing Work in Progress, Volume 2 No. 1, January-March 2003. p. 96 
  66. Y. Tian, T. Kanade and J. F. Cohn, Recognizing Action Units for Facial Expression Analysis, In book Multi-modal interface for human machine communication, Machine perception and artificial intelligence series. 2002
  67. Y. Tian, T. Kanade and J. F. Cohn, Recognizing Action Units for Facial Expression Analysis, IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. 23, No. 2, February, 2001
  68. K. Schmidt, V. Monaco, B. Peters, J. VanSwearingen, Y. Tian, and J. F. Cohn, Relation between automatic tracking of lip-corner motion and facial surface EMG of the zygomaticus major muscle during spontaneous smiles, Society for Psychophysiological Research, San Diego, October, 2000.
  69. Y. Tian, H. Tsui, S. Yeung and S. Ma, Shape from Shading for Multiple Light Sources, Journal of Optical Society of America A, pp36-52, Vol. 16, No. 1, Jan. 1999. https://doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.16.000036
  70. Y. Tian and S. Ma, Shape Recovery by Neural Network in Unknown Light Environment, ACTA Optical Sinica, Vol. 25, No. 2, March, 1999.
  71. Y. Tian and S. Ma, 3D Shape Recovery by Genetic Algorithm, Journal of Image and Graphics (in Chinese), Vol. 4(A), 1999.
  72. Y. Tian and S. Ma, Extended Spherical light based Shape from Shading, ACTA Optical Sinica, Vol. 18, No. 10, Oct., 1998.
  73. Y. Xu, C. Xu, Y. Tian and S. Ma, 3D Face Image Acquisition and Reconstruction System, Journal of Image and Graphics (in Chinese), Vol.3, No.2, 1998.
  74. Y. Tian and H. Tsui, Shape Recovery from a Color Image for Non-Lambertian Surface, Journal of Optical Society of America A, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp397--404, Feb. 1997. https://doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.14.000397
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