Episode 82: Enabling AI-Powered AR Navigation For Driving with Chen-Ping Yu
- (01:47) Chen-Ping shared his upbringing growing up in Taiwan and going to boarding school in the US at the age of 14.
- (04:42) Chen-Ping got his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from RIT back in the early-to-mid 2000, in which he did academic research in computational neuroscience.
- (08:18) Chen-Ping walked through his MS thesis at RIT, designing and implementing a computational model of neurons from the visual cortex’s medial superior temporal area.
- (10:18) Chen-Ping talked about the academic culture shock of pursuing his Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State.
- (13:47) Chen-Ping walked through his MS thesis at Penn State, proposing a statistical asymmetry-based automatic brain tumor detection from 3D MR images.
- (18:35) Chen-Ping discussed the thread of his research as a Ph.D. student at Stony Brook, where he worked at the Computer Vision Lab and the Eye Cog Lab.
- (23:19) Chen-Ping unpacked his Ph.D. dissertation at Stony Brook called computational models of visual features: from proto-objects to object categories.
- (28:54) Chen-Ping went through his internship experience at Riverbed Technology and Shutterstock.
- (30:20) Chen-Ping dissected the development of a neuro-inspired deep convolutional neural network called Map-CNN for modeling human early visual information processing during his time as a Postdoc at Harvard’s Cognitive and Neural Organization Lab.
- (32:14) Chen-Ping mentioned research areas at the intersection of computer vision and cognitive vision that he is excited about.
- (33:33) Chen-Ping shared the story behind the founding of Phiar with James Briscoe, an ex-classmate from RIT, and Ivy Lee, an ex-colleague from Shutterstock.
- (36:33) Chen-Ping discussed technical challenges with developing an ultra-lightweight Spatial AI engine that allows any vehicle to perceive its surroundings using a camera that can run in real-time at the edge on a commodity automotive computing platform.
- (39:36) Chen-Ping unpacked the key features of a complete Visual Mobility platform, including automobile integration, AR navigation, digitized environment, smart parking, 3rd-party integration, and reality-as-a-service.
- (41:16) Chen-Ping shared details around Phiar’s ultra-efficient monocular depth estimation AI that runs efficiently on a mobile phone and achieves SOTA accuracies on the benchmark KITTI dataset.
- (43:16) Chen-Ping revisited his experience going through the Y-Combinator incubator in the summer of 2018.
- (44:27) Chen-Ping shared high-level fundraising advice for first-time founders.
- (46:30) Chen-Ping talked about strategies he found useful to identify the right client partnerships for Phiar.
- (48:10) Chen-Ping shared valuable hiring lessons learned at Phiar.
- (51:37) Chen-Ping reflected on the difference between being a researcher and a founder.
- (53:43) Closing segment.
Chen-Ping’s Contact Info
- LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube
- “Phiar Secures $12M Series A and Names Google Head of Android Automotive Platforms as CEO” (Sep 2021)
Books and Papers
- “Zero To One” (by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel)
- “Modeling Clutter Perception using Parametric Proto-object Partitioning” (NIPS 2013)
- “Modeling visual clutter perception using proto-object segmentation” (June 2014)
- “Searching for Category-Consistent Features: A Computational Approach to Understanding Visual Category Representation” (May 2016)
- “Generating the features for category representation using a deep convolutional neural network” (Sep 2016)
- “Map-CNN: A Convolutional Neural Network with Map-like Organizations” (Aug 2017)
- “Mid-level visual features underlie the high-level categorical organization of the ventral stream” (Sep 2018)
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