Bolei Zhou will join the Computer Science Department at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering in early January as an assistant professor, bringing with him his expertise in computer vision and machine autonomy.
Zhou plans to explore human-centric artificial intelligence for computer vision and machine autonomy. This includes developing AIs that can explain how machine-enabled decisions are made and account for issues of fairness and bias. The research focus builds on Zhou’s previous work developing widely used methods of training artificial intelligence systems to interpret visual data. He has also helped develop Places and ADE20K, which are computer vision benchmarks that aid AI systems in identifying various images. His research publications on computer vision have been cited more than 10,000 times.
An associate editor for Pattern Recognition, Zhou has also been an area chair for the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, the International Conference on Computer Vision and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference on Artificial Intelligence. His research has been recognized through the MIT Technology Review’s Innovators under 35 in Asia-Pacific Award and featured in media outlets such as TechCrunch and Quartz. Currently an assistant professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Zhou received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2018. More information about his research can be found here.