Prof. Jiaya Jia, Prof. Chandra Nair and Prof. Jianbin Xu from the Faculty of Engineering have been elected Fellows of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in the class of 2018, for their remarkable accomplishments in “deblurring techniques in computational photography”, “network information theory” and “nanoscale electronic materials and devices” respectively. The total number of recipients each year does not exceed 0.1% of the total voting IEEE membership. So far, a total of 31 out of 110 Engineering professors in CUHK have been conferred such recognition.
Prof. Jiaya Jia is an artificial intelligence expert and has significantly contributed to computational photography. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and joined the Computer Science and Engineering Department in 2004.
Computational photography is an emerging new field created by the convergence of computer graphics, computer vision and photography. Its role is to overcome the limitations of traditional cameras by using computational techniques to produce a richer, more vivid, perhaps more perceptually meaningful representation of the visual world, in order to eventually capture, manipulate, and interact with visual media. Prof. Jiaya Jia has contributed a number of new techniques for super resolution, deblurring, colourisation, editing, matting, composition and panorama construction.
Prof. Jia has published over a hundred papers with 11,000 citations in Google Scholar. He received the Young Researcher Award 2008 and Research Excellence Award 2009 from CUHK. His projects have been supported and funded by numerous international IT giants like Microsoft, Qualcomm, Adobe, Intel, NVIDIA, Amazon, Lenovo and Huawei.