Cornell CS Ph.D. candidate Wenqi Xian has been selected to receive a 2020 Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship. The fellowship “recognizes the value of diversity in computing” and “aims to increase the pipeline of diverse talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields by providing a research funding opportunity for doctoral students who are underrepresented in the field of computing,” including “those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, person with a disability, and/or LGBTQI+.”

Wenqi Xian is a second-year doctoral candidate in Computer Science advised by Noah Snavely. Her personal webpage highlights her research program situated at Cornell Tech. Of her work, she notes: “My research interests lie at the intersection of computer vision and graphics. I am particularly interested in applying computer vision to enable creativity and augment human perception of reality. My research focuses on practical problems on image and video processing by leveraging 3D geometric reasoning. In the future, I hope to explore new machine learning models to improve scene understanding and enable smarter image synthesis and manipulation.”

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