General information about admission and fundingThe general information about our graduate program (including admission, funding, etc) is available here. The information about tuition/fee is available from the Registrar's Office here. For the thesis-based program (MSc or PhD), you will need to find a supervisor before you can be admitted. This is different from some other schools where you can be admitted without a supervisor. Here at UManitoba, excellent incoming students can expect to receive funding from various sources (fellowship, research assistantship, teaching assistantship), see here for information. The funding decision is separate from admission and is decided on an individual basis. Please note that the application deadlines for many funding opportunities are significantly earlier than the admission (this is particularly true for many fundings that international students are eligible for). I strongly encourage you to plan your application as early as possible, and apply for all eligible fundings.
For prospective students (PhD or thesis-based MSc) interested in working with meI am always looking for self-motivated students interested in computer vision and/or machine learning. Interest/enthusiasm in research and good technical background (math, programming, CS and engineering in general) are required. For PhD applicants, research experience (with publications) in computer vision and/or machine learning is usually required as well. To help me know more about your background, please send me the following items via email (PDF or plain text, or URL to a website containing these items).
The application process can be summarized as follows:
In addition to computer vision/machine learning, I may also be able to co-supervise students on applying machine learning in other areas (e.g. bioinformatics with Prof. Pingzhao Hu). Contact me for details if you are interested in this option.
For PhD applicants from China, you might be interested in the CSC-UManitoba Joint Funding Program.
Research requires commitment and mental focus. As a result, I usually do not supervise students who plan to do thesis-based graduate studies on a part-time basis.
I currently do not have funding for postdocs or visiting researchers. If you have your own funding from other sources (e.g. CSC scholarship in China) and would like to visit my lab, feel free to get in touch. In your email, please EXPLICITLY mention that you have (or will be able to obtain) your own funding. Otherwise, I will ignore your email.
For undergraduate students at UManitobaIf you are an undergraduate student at UManitoba and would like to get involved in research with me (e.g. during the summer) or do an honours project in my group, please contact me directly (please attach your CV and transcript). I am particularly interested in students who have good background in both programming and math/stats (e.g. CS major with joint degree or minor in math, stats, physics). I strongly encourage you to apply for NSERC USRA and other fundings available (see here and here). Note that most of these funding applications require a minimum GPA of 3.5/4.5, but realistically speaking, you need a GPA close to 4.0/4.5 in order to be competitive. It will also be helpful if you have taken one or more courses in related areas, e.g. computer vision, image processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, etc.
For undergraduate students outside of CanadaIf you are from certain countries, you might consider applying through the MITACS Globalink Internship program, which funds you for an internship at a Canadian university in the summer. Typically you should apply in September of your 3rd year. I usually have 1-2 projects under the MITACS Globalink program every year. You can search for these projects and apply directly from the MITACS Globalink website. MITACS has its own screening and matching process, you do not need to contact me before applying. Unfortunately I do not have time to respond to individual inquiries regarding the internship. I normally DO NOT do phone/skype interview when selecting Globalink interns. If there is anything (e.g. prior research experience, personal projects, etc.) that you would like me to know about, please include those information in your application materials, e.g. by putting a URL to your personal website or Github page in your CV. Once you are accepted to the program and matched to my project, I will provide you the relevant information and resources to help you get started on the project.
Other than MITACS Globalink, we do not have funded internship positions for undergraduate students outside of Canada. If you want to join my lab as an undergrad intern, you need to have your own funding.