Chen Gao

Research Assistant |


I am a research assistant in the Bradley Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Virginia Tech, working with Prof. Jia-Bin Huang. I'm interested in optimization, image/video manipulation and visual relationship understanding.

Prior to that I was a master student at University of Michigan, working with Dr. Brian Moore, under the supervision of Prof. Raj Rao Nadakuditi. Going back even further, I was an undergraduate student at Oregon State University, working with Prof. Raviv Raich.


Apr. 6, 2018
I will join Prof. Jia-Bin Huang's group as a PhD student starting in August.
Dec. 17, 2017
One paper submitted to IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging.
Aug. 7, 2017
I received Rackham International Travel Grant from University of Michigan.
July. 17, 2017
One paper on Foreground-Background Separation and Denoising accepted to GlobalSIP 2017.
June. 20, 2017
I joined the ECE department at Virgina Tech as a research assistant, under the supervision of Prof. Jia-Bin Huang.
Apr. 29, 2017
I graduate from University of Michigan with a Masters' degree today.


Panoramic Robust PCA for Foreground-Background Separation on Noisy, Free-Motion Camera Video
Chen Gao*, Brian E. Moore*, Raj Rao Nadakuditi
Submitted to IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging
[Paper (PDF)]    [Code(coming soon)]

Augmented Robust PCA For Foreground-Background Separation on Noisy, Moving Camera Video
Chen Gao, Brian E. Moore, Raj Rao Nadakuditi
Proceedings of IEEE Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing (GlobalSIP), 2017 (Oral Presentation)
[Paper (PDF)]    [Code(coming soon)]    [Slides(video demo)]


University of Michigan
Master of Science

Oregon State University
Bachelor of Science


Augmented Deformable Convolutional Networks
Ongoing. To be updated.

Human-Object Interactions Detection
Ongoing. To be updated.

Detecting Migrating Birds at Night
A vision-based system for detecting migrating birds in flight at night, which takes stereo videos of the night sky as inputs, detects multiple flying birds and estimates their orientations, speeds, and altitudes.

Foreground-Background Separation and Denoising on Noisy, Moving Camera Video
This work presents a novel approach for robust PCA with total variation regularization for foreground-background separation and denoising on noisy, moving camera video. Our proposed algorithm reg isters the raw – possibly corrupted – frames of a video and then jointly processes the registered frames to produce a decomposition of the scene into a low-rank component that captures the static components of the scene, a smooth foreground component that captures the dynamic components of the scene, and a sparse component that can isolate corruptions and other non-idealities. Unlike existing methods, our proposed algorithm produces a panoramic low-rank component that spans the entire field of view of the video, automatically stitching together possibly noisy data from partially overlapping scenes. The low-rank portion of our robust PCA model is based on a recently discovered optimal low-rank matrix estimator (OptShrink) that requires no parameter tuning. We demonstrate the ability of our algorithm to denoise and inpaint moving camera videos.


University of Michigan
EECS442 - Computer Vision
EECS501 - Probability and Random Processes
EECS551 - Matrix Methods
EECS542 - Advanced Topics in Computer Vision
EECS545 - Machine Learning
EECS587 - Parallel Computing
EECS592 - Advanced Artificial Intelligence
EECS598 - Random Matrix Theory


Road Trip
I enjoy road trip as it's a great way to experience local customs and the spectacular landscape along the way reminds me how great our Creator is. One of my dream is to visit all the 59 national parks in the USA. I have visited 14 national parks already and am looking forward to my next journey. Here is a list of the national parks I've visited

Arches - Utah
Bryce Canyon - Utah
Canyonlands - Utah
Capitol Reef - Utah
Crater Lake - Oregon
Everglades - Florida
Grand Canyon - Arizona
Grand Teton - Wyoming
Great Sand Dunes - Colorado
Joshua Tree - California
Mesa Verde - Colorado
Shenandoah - Virginia
Yellowstone - Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
Zion - Utah

I spent 6 years learning figure sketch, traditional Chinese painting and Gongbi, specialized in Bird-and-flower painting. Through painting I find inner peace.

Big fan of Rubik's Cube

Tennis lover

The Mighty
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.                                                                       1 Peter 5: 6-7






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