Dr. Yang has a diverse skill set in computing. He was the lead author of two books on Windows Phone Programming and holds a number of industry certifications such as CISSP, MCSE, and Six Sigma Black Belt. Dr. Yang was a board member of the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) from 2014-2016. He was a member of IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative Steering Committee and the project lead of IEEE Try-CybSI from 2015 to 2017. He is currently serving as a Senior Faculty Fellow of Purdue Polytechnic Research Impact Areas and he is a University Faculty Scholar at Purdue University.
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PhD in Computer Science, 2002
Michigan State University
MS in Automation (EECS), 1998
BS in Automation (EECS), 1995
Applied Machine Learning, Big Data, Cybersecurity
Big Data., Spatial Epidemiology., Geostatistics for large data.
Cybersecurity, IoT, Blockchain, STEM fostering
Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV), Robotics
Big Data, Dimension Reduction, Tensor Approach, Machine Learning
Applied Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Assistive Technology
Computer Vision, Representation Learning, Automatic Inspection
Big Data, Tensor Decomposition, Machine Learning / Deep Learning
Big Data, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing
Big Data, Machine Learning
Deep Learning, Bioinformatics, Computer Vision
n this work, we introduce a Denser Feature Network (DenserNet) for visual localization. Our work provides three principal contributions. First, we develop a convolutional neural network (CNN) architecture which aggregates feature maps at different semantic levels for image representations. Using denser feature maps, our method can produce more keypoint features and increase image retrieval accuracy. Second, our model is trained end-to-end without pixel-level annotation other than positive and negative GPS-tagged image pairs. We use a weakly supervised triplet ranking loss to learn discriminative features and encourage keypoint feature repeatability for image representation. Finally, our method is computationally efficient as our architecture has shared features and parameters during computation. Our method can perform accurate large-scale localization under challenging conditions while remaining the computational constraint. Extensive experiment results indicate that our method sets a new state-of-the-art on four challenging large-scale localization benchmarks and three image retrieval benchmarks.
Aerial imagery has been increasingly adopted in mission-critical tasks, such as traffic surveillance, smart cities,and disaster assistance. However, identifying objects from aerial images faces the following challenges: 1) objects of interests are often too small and too dense relative to the images; 2)objects of interests are often in different relative sizes; and3) the number of objects in each category is imbalanced. A novel network structure,Points Estimated Network (PENet), is proposed in this work to answer these challenges. PENet uses a Mask Resampling Module (MRM)to augment the imbalanced datasets, a coarse anchor-free detector (CPEN) to effectively predict the center points of the small object clusters, and a fine anchor-free detector FPEN to locate the precise positions of the small objects. An adaptive merge algorithm Non-maximum Merge (NMM)is implemented in CPEN to address the issue of detecting dense small objects, and a hierarchical loss is defined in FPEN to further improve the classification accuracy. Our extensive experiments on aerial datasets visDrone  and UAVDT showed that PENet achieved higher precision results thane xisting state-of-the-art approaches. Our best model achieved8.7%improvement on visDrone and20.3%on UAVDT.