As background context, I am aggressively protective of my time, as I believe we all should be.
On a typical day, I receive over a hundred emails. Please do not be offended if I do not reply to yours
or redirect you to read this page. If I answered every email I receive, I would not be able to do much else
(and if that's all I did, why would you want to talk to me?).
As a professor and a researcher, I wear both hats -- of a maker and a manager. I encourage you to read
this excellent essay about why disruptions
are so corrosive and disruptive to the maker's schedule.
Here are answers to the questions I am frequently asked over email.
By reading these, you are helping me cut down on the time spent answering email (and actually get work done!). I already like you.
Prospective Students, Postdocs
I want to join the MS Program @ IC/CS/CSE GT.
Please see the admissions page.
I play no role in this process. Please do not email me.
I want to join the CS/ML/Robotics Ph.D. Program @ GT and work in your lab.
Great, happy to hear of your interest.
I am always looking for sharp motivated Ph.D. students with interests in machine learning, computer vision, NLP, and AI.
Yes, all PhD offers made by IC GT are fully funded.
In your application, please pick the "Computer Vision", "Machine Learning", or "Computational Perception" sub-areas.
In your application, please mention my name so I can easily find it.
Note: admission decisions are made by a committee and not by individual faculty. I cannot reply to emails asking me to assess admission chances.
I am looking for a post-doc position.
Great, happy to hear of your interest. I am currently looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a
strong background in machine learning, computer vision, or natural language processing.
Please send me an email with a CV and a link to your top 2-3 papers in the field.
I am looking for a visiting research position (typically 6 months - 1 year).
Great, happy to hear of your interest. Please send me an email describing how your past projects prepare you for research in my lab.
I will not respond to generic emails.
I do not have any summer internship openings.
Georgia Tech Students
I want to work with you.
Great, happy to hear of your interest. I hope we are able to work together. A few caveats:
The best way to interact with me is via my group. Please first reach out to Dr. Stefan Lee,
who is a Research Scientist in IC, and closely collaborates with my group. He will be able to comment on whether there's a good fit here.
Please also consider emailing my PhD students to find out what they work on,
and how you may contribute. They are often looking for collaborators and junior students to mentor.
Unless you already have significant experience in Machine Learning, Computer Vision, or AI, I will ask you to take a class
with me first (my Machine Learning class,
or my Deep Learning class),
and work on a solid class project.
As a general principle, I do not fund students until we have had a chance to interact and work together on something (maybe a class project).
I would advise against sending me cold emails looking for funding.
Can you serve on my committee?
I am generally honored to serve. One caveat -- if your thesis or research topic is related to Machine Learning and/or Computer Vision,
it would help if you have already taken
these courses (see above) before you approach me (and no, watching lectures online, even if they are mine, don't count the same as taking the class).
I find without these basic classes, we often don't have a language to communicate in, and you will not benefit from my involvement.
Can we meet?
Probably not, unless absolutely essential.
While a quick meeting is often the fastest communication medium (one that I strongly prefer over email), setting up meetings is a dreadful, long
time-wasting process, one that I'd rather not engage in. I have walk-in "open office hours" Fridays 2-3pm. Anyone is welcome to walk in and catch me
then. Note: I am on GT campus only during Fall semesters. In Fall 2017, I am traveling or otherwise unavailable: 09/08, 10/06, 10/27, 11/17, 11/24.
Press and Commercial Inquiries
Can you comment on a story?
In general, I'm happy to talk -- either about research from my group at Georgia Tech or comment on work from peers.
If the research was conducted by Facebook AI Research (FAIR), I will ask you to redirect your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you help my company / startup with a Machine Learning project?
I receive a number of such requests.
Please note that funding the research work of a typical Georgia Tech ML PhD student costs between $80k and $100k per year.
Some students may be open to consulting, but we generally do not give away our time for free. If you are interested in such opportunities,
please get in touch.