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Hongzhi Li

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I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science, Columbia University. I am working in Digital Video and Multimedia (DVMM) Lab, under the direction of Prof. Shih-Fu Chang. My research interests are image/video retrieval and analysis.


Columbia University, New York, US

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Computer Science
2011 – Present

Columbia University, New York, US

Master of Science (M.S.), Computer Science
2011 – 2013

Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.), Computer Science
2006 – 2010

Research Projects

Personalized television news

Jul. 2012 – Sep. 2013 in DVMM lab, Columbia University

  • Bi-coastal research project with students from Stanford and Columbia University
  • In this project, we seek to develop and demonstrate a platform for personalized television news to replace the traditional one-broadcast-fits-all model. We forecast that next-generation video news consumption will be more personalized, device agnostic, and pooled from many different information sources.

Mobile Panorama View from Single Picture

Jul.2010 – Mar.2011 in Microsoft Research Asia

  • Generate panorama view in mobile device by taking one photo.
  • Developed a distributed image retrieval system to get an image collection related with user's input photo. This image collection is used to build panorama view.
  • Parallel computation is used in the cloud to generate panorama view.
  • A predictive cache system is used to speed up panorama viewer in mobile client.

Mobile Experience Sharing through Automatic Multimedia Blogging

Mar.2010 – Jun.2010 in Microsoft Research Asia

  • A "mobile + cloud" system enabling rapid experience sharing through automatic blogging.
  • Based on multi-modal media content analyses and syntheses.
  • A paper and a demo published on ACM MM'10.

Image Based Tree Modeling and Growth Analysis

Jan.2010 – Jun.2010 (Bachelor's Thesis, Zhejiang Univ.)

  • Estimate parameters of tree (i.e. height, diameter, etc.) by building a 3D tree model from video clip.
  • Using the method of 3D object surface reconstruction based on point cloud.
  • Build 3D branch model by manually tracking the key point in video.
  • Excellent Bachelor Thesis Award

Mobile Tour Guide

Jun.2009 – Oct.2009 in Microsoft Research Asia

  • A mobile application which can provide user rich information about the sight he is visiting by taking advantage of a database in the cloud and information from several sensors in mobile phon.



  • Wei Zhang,Hongzhi Li,Chong-Wah Ngo, Shih-Fu Chang. Scalable Visual Instance Mining with Threads of Features. ACM Multimedia 2014, Orlando, Florida, Nov. 2014
  • Hongzhi Li*, Brendan Jou*, Joseph G. Ellis*, Daniel Morozoff*, and Shih-Fu Chang. News Rover: Exploring Topical Structures and Serendipity in Heterogeneous Multimedia News. ACM Multimedia 2013, Barcelona, Spain, Oct. 2013

  • Brendan Jou*, Hongzhi Li*, Joseph G. Ellis*, Daniel Morozoff*, and Shih-Fu Chang. Structured Exploration of Who, What, When, and Where in Heterogenous Multimedia News Sources. ACM Multimedia 2013, Barcelona, Spain, Oct. 2013

  • Hongzhi Li and Wenwu Zhu. Mobile panorama view from single picture. SPIE, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXXVI, 2013. International Society for Optics and Photonics, Aug. 2013.

  • Brendan Jou*, Hongzhi Li*, Joseph G. Ellis*, Daniel Morozoff*, and Shih-Fu Chang. News Rover. Greater New York Multimedia & Vision (GNYMV) Workshop, 2013. (Best Demo Award)

  • Hongzhi Li, Xian-Sheng Hua and Xijia Liu. Melog. In ACM Multimedia 2010, Firenze, Italy, 10 2010.

  • Hongzhi Li and Xian-Sheng Hua. Melog-mobile experience sharing through automatic multimedia blogging. In ACM Multimedia 2010 Workshop - Mobile Cloud Media Computing, Firenze, Italy, 10 2010.
  • Journal

  • Zhi Wang, Li-Feng Sun, Wenwu Zhu, Shi-Qiang Yang, Hongzhi Li , and Dapeng Oliver Wu. Joint Social and Content Recommendation for User Generated Videos in Online Social Network. IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, 2013.

  • Hao Yin, Wen Hui, Hongzhi Li, Chuang Lin and Wenwu Zhu. A Novel Large-Scale Digital Forensics Service Platform for Internet Videos. IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 178-186, Feb. 2012.

  • Wenwu Zhu, Dan Miao, and Hongzhi Li.   Real-time 3D Applications on Handheld Devices: Challenges and Trend.   IEEE COMSOC MMTC E-Letter, Vol.6, No.6, June 2011
  • Patents
  • Wenwu Zhu, Zheng Li, Roberto R. Molinari, Hongzhi Li. Predictive, Multi-Layer Caching Architectures. US Patent App. 13/177,058, 2011. Assigned to Microsoft, Inc.

  • Xian-Sheng Hua, Hongzhi Li, Shipeng Li. Autonomous Mobile Blogging. US Patent App. 12/965,604, 2010. Assigned to Microsoft, Inc.
  • Work Experiences

    Research Intern, Microsoft Research (Redmond)

    Jun.2015 - Aug.2015

  • Research Area: Distribution computing platform
  • Research Intern, Microsoft Research (Redmond)

    May.2014 – Aug.2014

  • Research Area: Distribution computing platform
  • Research Intern, Bell Laboratories

    Jun.2012 – Aug.2012

  • Research Area: Human Action Recognition
  • Research Intern, Microsoft Research Asia

    Jul.2009 – Jul.2011

  • Research Area: Multimedia retrieval, mobile computing, network, audio mixing, Large Scale Content-based Image Retrieval
  • Academic Services

  • Technical Program Committee Member:ACM International Conference on Multimedia 2014, International Conference on Multimedia and Expro, 2013, 2014

  • Journal Reviewer: IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology

  • Conference Reviewer: ACM Multimedia 2012