Yun Raymond Fu is COE Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and jointly appointed in the Khoury College of Computer Science at Northeastern University. His research in Artificial Intelligence includes computer vision, machine learning, and data mining, especially representation learning, image and video analysis, face and gesture recognition. He received the B.Eng. degree in information engineering and the M.Eng. degree in pattern recognition and intelligence systems from Xi’an Jiaotong University, and the M.S. degree in statistics and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively. He is Member of Academia Europaea (MAE), Member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA), Fellow of National Academy of Inventors (NAI), AAAS Fellow, IEEE Fellow, AIMBE Fellow, IAPR Fellow, OSA Fellow, SPIE Fellow, AAIA Fellow, and ACM Distinguished Scientist.
He has authored over 500 scientific publications and 40. Among his 100 honors and awards, he received 7 Prestigious Young Investigator Awards from NAE, ONR, ARO, IEEE, INNS, UIUC, Grainger Foundation; 12 Best Paper Awards from IEEE, ACM, IAPR, SPIE, SIAM; and many major Industrial Faculty Research Awards. His several high-impact and fundamental research contributions include the Residual Dense Network (RDN, CVPR2018) and Residual Channel Attention Networks (RCAN, ECCV2018), two seminal very deep convolutional neural networks for image restoration, which have been cited over 8,000 times within five years. He was also leading original research in representation learning, by recreating graph-embedded manifold learning, deep learning and transfer learning through sparse, low-rank and generative modeling to extract discriminative visual patterns, for face and gesture recognition, which has been 5 times First-Place Winner in international technology competitions held in CVPR, ICCV, and ACM MultiMedia.
Beyond academic research achievements, he has been high-impact inventor and successful serial entrepreneur. As 4-times AI startup founder, he commercialized his research inventions and created the Northeastern University spin-out company, Giaran, which was acquired by the prestigious global cosmetic firm Shiseido in 2017. His computer vision driven augmented facial analysis and interaction technology has transformed Shiseido’s worldwide billion-level e-commerce market; reinvented the digital cosmetic industry business model via technology innovation.