UC Merced Graduate Studies: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

UC Merced Graduate Studies: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
program here at the University of California, Merced, is different than many other electrical
engineering and computer science programs in its focus on data driven designed and data
driven systems. One of the benefits of being small is that
our students come into our labs almost immediately. And at least in electrical engineering and
computer science and so they’re doing research from day one. While we’re smallish, we have
some good depth in an area which were terming intelligence systems. It offers training in disciplines of computer
science and electrical engineering which expands in broad range of topics: including robotics,
computer animation, computer graphics, machine learning, sensor networks, database systems
and computer vision and much more. Our students can get very theoretical topics or very applied
ones. That goes hand in hand with of course some
book learning with some class work. Lots of opportunities for students to hear talks by
and interact with leading figures from the field that come to visit our campus and interact
with our faculty and that too forms a critical part of the educational experience and indeed
the workload of the students that are here. Currently what I am working on is wireless
sensor networks specifically embedded systems so I work on very small computers which talk
wirelessly so they’re used for a lot of different applications for monitoring, for collecting
data. Essentially what it is, is a sub group of networking. Some students end up building systems which
means working on the harder side or programing things, programing the software that are gonna
control their system. I’m in a group. We are doing some work related
to computer vision yeah like face recognition or optic tracking. Students don’t have to wait several years wondering
how the knowledge they’re requiring is going to be applied to the research that their going
to do, they’ll understand from day one why some new skill or some new bit of knowledge
is relevant to them because from day one they’ll be in the laboratory actually conducting that
research. I’m in CS, computer science, specifically
computer vision research. So by default computer see just the numbers the pixels. So it’s a
pretty hard problem to make it understand that this is a picture of dog or picture of
car. We like to do a lot of work right at that
interdisciplinary border where hardware meets software, where we might simultaneously have to work
on the hardware of sensors that are recording information say our environment and the software
that is necessary in order to analyze and transmit and record all of that interesting
data and make use of it in useful ways. My field is in computer graphics. My research
is based on physics based computer animation, so it really is mainly is related to animation
film and computer games. Developing research in computer animation also has applications
in robotics. Students that enroll in ECS can be employed
as teaching assistants either in the School of Engineering or in the School of Natural
Sciences. I’ve always had either a teaching assistantship
or a research assistant position right from the beginning. Students that have been accepted and enrolled
in our programs so far have all been supported in one way or the other. There’s so many opportunities. There’s so many
different projects that people are working on that you just have to knock on their door. Here it is a mentorship style program which
meant that I was meeting with my professor once or twice a week and actually doing actively
participating in the research and it was very different experience than my previous master’s
degree which was more class oriented. I was really looking for a place where there
is a possibility for communities to build and also where to get some more personal attention.
Bigger places have lots of graduate students for one adviser. Here we have a research group
of seven, I think, which is kind of still the size where you get personal attention
from your adviser like every week. Basically my adviser is available all the
time which I think is really rare at a larger university, we have a pretty small group there’s
only about five people in my group right now. We have weekly meetings where one or two students
are presenting their research just for the whole group to know what’s happening and just
to start conversations that are I think very useful for development especially for beginning
PhD students. I think that’s one of the good things about
UC Merced, that the professors are approachable and they don’t have lines of students at the
door. The unlimited access to resources, brand new buildings, the you know super high tech
equipment that we get have access to, I mean there’s a lot of reasons.

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