Qing Qu, a 3rd-year doctoral candidate in Columbia University, has been awarded a distinguished 2016 Microsoft Research Fellowship. Only 12 fellows were selected from a pool of 211 applicants in the fields of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics. The 2 year fellowship provides full tuition, living stipend, conference and travel allowances, and the opportunity to participate in a 12-week paid internship at Microsoft.
Under the supervision of Professor John Wright, Qing’s research focuses on developing theoretical guarantees and provable methods for solving high-dimensional nonconvex problems. His recent work (joint with Mr. Ju Sun and Prof. John Wright) on planted sparse vector, dictionary learning and phase retrieval problems has drawn substantial attention in both signal processing and machine learning communities.
Professor Wright was also a recipient of the Microsoft Research Fellowship during 2008-2010, where he later worked at Microsoft Research Asia as a researcher before joining Columbia University in 2011.