Dec 29, 2008

Lu Assistant Professor at Texas State

Yijuan Lu (who sometimes goes by "Lucy") successfully defended her PhD dissertation in Computer Science at The University of Texas at San Antonio on May1, 2008. She subsequently joined the faculty at Texas State University in San Marcos, and has now completed her first semester as an assistant professor there.

In her PhD dissertatin, Dr. Lu (who was advised by Associate Professor Qi Tian) addressed some of the challenges in applying statistical machine learning techniques to the browsing, searching, and summarizing multimedia collections. In particular, her novel techniques facilitate concept selection, data modeling, and classification by identifying semantic consistency, and the principal dimensions of complex data. Important applications of this work include image annotation and face recognition. She has also explored applying her techniques in the area of Computational Biology to microarray gene expression analysis.

Now, as a tenure-track faculty member at Texas State University, Dr. Lu is teaching courses such as Computer Networks and Machine Learning and continuing her research in the areas of Multimedia Information Retrieval, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Pattern Recognition, and Computational Biology.

Other alumni of UTSA's PhD program in Computer Science are now employed as faculty and researchers at Southwest Research Institute,The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Kodak Research, Freescale Semiconductor, Southern Arkansas University, University of Wisconsin at Stout, and Wayne State University.