Yong Jae Lee
 
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
UC Davis

Office: Kemper Hall 3055
Email: yjlee at cs dot ucdavis dot edu

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Since July 2014, I am an Assistant Professor in the CS Dept at UC Davis.  Before this, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the EECS Dept at UC Berkeley working with Alyosha Efros.  I also spent a year as a
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (8/2012-8/2013), where I had the good fortune to work with Alyosha Efros and Martial HebertI obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2012 under the supervision of Kristen GraumanI have also worked with Larry Zitnick and Michael Cohen as a summer intern at Microsoft Research.



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Research Interests

My research interests are in computer vision, machine learning, and computer graphics.  I am particularly interested in developing robust visual recognition systems that can meaningfully make use of the vast and ever increasing unstructured image and video content currently available with minimal human supervision.


Education

The University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA
Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering (Aug 2006 - May 2012)
Ph.D. Thesis: Visual Object Category Discovery in Images and Videos [pdf]
M.S. Thesis: Foreground Focus: Finding Meaningful Features in Unlabeled Images [pdf]

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering (Aug 2002 - May 2006)

Publications



Weakly-supervised Discovery of Visual Pattern Configurations
H. O. Song, Y. J. Lee, S. Jegelka, and T. Darrell
To appear, Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS), 2014.



AverageExplorer: Interactive Exploration and Alignment of Visual Data Collections
J-Y. Zhu, Y. J. Lee, and A. A. Efros
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH), 2014. (Oral)
[project page]
[youtube] [See article in The New Yorker]







Style-aware Mid-level Representation for Discovering Visual Connections in Space and Time
Y. J. Lee, A. A. Efros, and M. Hebert
Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2013 (Oral)

[project page] [slides] [code] [data] [video presentation]




Discovering Important People and Objects for Egocentric Video Summarization
Y. J. Lee, J. Ghosh, and K. Grauman
Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2012

[project page] [supp] [extended abstract]



Object-Graphs for Context-Aware Visual Category Discovery
Y. J. Lee and K. Grauman
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI), 2012

[project page] [code]




Key-Segments for Video Object Segmentation
Y. J. Lee, J. Kim, and K. Grauman
Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2011
[project page] [code] [data]



ShadowDraw: Real-Time User Guidance for Freehand Drawing
Y. J. Lee, C. L. Zitnick, and M. Cohen
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH), 2011 (Oral)
[project page] [slides] [video] [youtube] [data]



Face Discovery with Social Context
Y. J. Lee and K. Grauman
Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC), 2011
[project page] [extended abstract]



Learning the Easy Things First: Self-Paced Visual Category Discovery
Y. J. Lee and K. Grauman
Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 201
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[project page]



Object-Graphs for Context-Aware Category Discovery
Y. J. Lee and K. Grauman
Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2010 (Oral)
[project page] [supp] [slides] [code]



Collect-Cut: Segmentation with Top-Down Cues Discovered in Multi-Object Images
Y. J. Lee and K. Grauman
Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
(CVPR), 2010
[project page] [supp] [data]



Foreground Focus: Unsupervised Learning from Partially Matching Images
Y. J. Lee and K. Grauman
International Journal of Computer Vision
(IJCV), 2009
[project page]



Shape Discovery from Unlabeled Image Collections
Y. J. Lee and K. Grauman
Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2009
[project page]
[supp]



Foreground Focus: Finding Meaningful Features in Unlabeled Images
Y. J. Lee and K. Grauman
Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC), 2008 (Oral)
[project page]
[slides]



Ray-based Color Image Segmentation
C. Xu, Y. J. Lee, and B. Kuipers
Proceedings of the Canadian Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV), 2008.


Reading Groups

Vision and Learning