Huaijin (George) Chen

PhD Student at Rice University


I'm currently a PhD student at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Rice University, working with Ashok Veeraraghavan. My Research interest lies in Computer Vision and Computational Photography. Particularly, I'm focusing on developing effective computer vision frameworks for novel computational imaging systems.

From 2015 to 2016, I have been visiting Oliver Cossairt's Group at Northwestern University, and Alyosha Molnar's Group, working with Suren Jayasuriya, at Cornell University. During my undergraduate days, I was very fortunate to have the opportunities to collaborate with James Hays at Brown University, as well as Richard Zanibbi and Jinwei Gu at RIT Center for Imaging Science.

I'm partially supported by a Texas Instruments Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship. Thank you, TI!


Rice University, TX, USA

Rice University

Ph.D, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2016 - Present
M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2013 - 2016

Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA


B.S. (High Honors), Imaging Science, 2009 - 2013
Concentration in Music

University of Oxford, UK


Visiting Student at St. Catherines's College, Fall 2012
Courses in Music and Computer Science

Shenzhen Experimental School, Guangdong, China

Shenzhen Experimental School

High School Diploma, Jun 2009


Rice University

Rice University

Research Assistant, Ashok Veeraraghavan Lab, Sep 2013 - Present
Compressive Sensing, Computational Photography and Computer Vision

IBM Research - Austin


Research Intern, Cognitive System Solutions, May - Aug 2016
Deep Learning-based Robot Visual Exploration

Northwestern University

Northwestern University

Visiting Researcher, Oliver Cossairt Lab, Mar - May 2016
Compressive Spatial-temporal Multiplexing ToF Camera and Video Holography

Cornell University


Visiting Researcher, Alyosha Molnar Lab, Sep - Nov 2015
Deep Learning with ASP Sensor

Brown University

Brown University

Undergraduate Research Intern, James Hays Lab, Jun - Sep 2012
Internet-scale Image Geo-localization



ASP Vision: Optically Computing the First Layer of Convolutional Neural Networks using Angle Sensitive Pixels

Huaijin G. Chen*, Suren Jayasuriya*, Jiyue Yang, Judy Stephen, Sriram Sivaramakrishnan, Ashok Veeraraghavan, Alyosha Molnar (* = joint first authors), CVPR 2016 (Oral)

Project Website




FPA-CS: Focal Plane Array-Based Compressive Imaging in Short-Wave Infrared

Huaijin G. Chen, M. Salman Asif, Aswin Sankaranarayanan and Ashok Veeraraghavan, CVPR 2015
ELEC 599 Project Committee: Ashok Veeraraghavan, Richard Baraniuk and Kevin Kelly

Project Website



Text Inpainting and Its Application in Video CAPTCHA Text Removal

Undergraduate Thesis, mentored by Richard Zanibbi, at DPRL, RIT Department of Computer Science






Created and managed SenseWatch with Rice OwlSpark program at Texas Medical Center Accelerator (TMCx). SenseWatch is a startup focused on utilizing wearable devices for human-computer interaction via gesture recognition and vital sign interpretation.

Musical Works



by Chen, Huaijin, Hope Cowan and Emma Wine, Live harp and computer music performance, 15th LaTex Electrionic Music Festival, Rice University, Houston, TX Nov 20-21, 2015


Curriculum Vitae


Cool Undergraduate Stuffs


Land-cover Attribute Based Image Geo-localization of Large-scale Imagery

mentored by James Hays, at Brown University Department of Computer Science

Progress Report, Sep 2012


Programmable, Adaptive Aperture Imaging with a LCD Modulator

Mentored by Jinwei Gu, at Munsell Color Science Lab of RIT. Funded by RIT Honors Program





A Dual-side Viewable Display System Design

with Hao Shi, mentored by Carl Salvaggio, at RIT CIS. Kodak-CIS Innovative Micro-grant Winner


The music of the spheres

The Rhythm of the Spheres

Final project of The Music of the Spheres class taught by Prof. Joel Kastner. A three-movement suite is composed based on the orbital period of several exoplanetary systems. [MP3 music available soon]

IDL Image Utility

Image Convertor Utility

An image convertor utility written in IDL programming language for Prof. Carl Salvaggio’s Programming for Imaging Science class. With an easy-to-use GUI, this utility can handle image resizing, format converting, and aspect ratio adjusting.

Foveon X3

Foveon X3 Detector: Real goodies or eyecandy?

Final paper of the Detector class taught by Prof. Zoran Nikov. An in-depth investigation of the Foveon X3 detector’s original and improved design, including the operating principles, the physical limitation and the advantages and disadvantages compared to conventional Bayer-pattern sensors.

About Me

From 2009 to 2013, I was an undergraduate student at RIT, studying Imaging Science in the Carlson Center for Imaging Science and Management Information System in the Saunders College of Business. I spent the fall semester of my senior year at St. Catz at University of Oxford, UK as a visiting student, taking courses in Computer Graphics and Machine Learning, and studying Analysis of 18th Century Music with Dr. John Traill. I graduated from RIT with a Bachelor's Degree (High Honors) in Imaging Science and a concentration in Music in May 2013.

I lived in the beautiful city of Shenzhen before I came to the United State. Shenzhen Experimental School had been my school for 12 years from elementary school till high school

In my spare time, I enjoy playing piano, writing wired music, rock climbing, driving and traveling with my camera.