College of Engineering News: Dr. Ming Shao Receives $498,000 CAREER Award from National Science Foundation | College of Engineering

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The CAREER program is the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for supporting early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education.


Dr. Ming Shao is an assistant professor of computer and information science in the College of Engineering at UMass Dartmouth.

Dr. Ming Shao, assistant professor of computer and information science, is the recipient of a $498,970 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project “CAREER: Enabling Continual Multi-view Representation Learning: An Adversarial Perspective”. The CAREER program is NSF’s most prestigious award for supporting early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education.

“Representation learning techniques attempt to extract and abstract key information (i.e. features) from raw data for use in analyzes in a wide range of applications. As a critical step in machine learning systems, representation learning is expected to be robust in its ability regardless of the mutation of the raw data due to noises or variations in the raw data caused by the capture devices,” explains Shao: “In the era of big data, representation learning techniques face new challenges. Massive data collected from different sensors (eg multi-view camera system) or presented in different modalities (eg audio-visual-text) have overloaded the existing. representation learning techniques.

This project will develop a robust continuous learning-representation model to address these challenges. In real-world scenarios where data access is restricted (e.g. sensitive data) or device processing power is limited (e.g. edge and mobile devices), stakeholders will benefit from adaptive representation learning to enable continuous data analyses. The research findings will be used to promote STEM education for K-12 students and educational activities at UMass Dartmouth.

“I am grateful to receive this award to support my research in representational learning, student mentorship, and educational activities at UMass Dartmouth, and to promote research collaborations and civic engagement on the South Coast. of Massachusetts,” Shao said.
































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