Prospective Students

I am looking for prospective students, visitors, interns, and post-docs at all-levels, whether you are already in the US or from abroad.

Besides academic mentorship, I might also be able to provide funding support; I also connect my students to internship and job opportunities at top AI labs and companies.

I am looking for top students equipped with:

    • Exceptional motivation, critical thinking, persistency for excellence in research and leadership

    • Strong background in math and engineering

    • Suitable personality and team spirit

Please Contact me if you believe you are a good fit.

Note to new applicants:

Thanks for your interest in my lab!

I am not able to reply to potential students' inquiries due to the large amount of emails I am receiving and my current schedule, unless I am planning to invite you for an interview.

[For PhD/Postdoc applicants]

To increase the chance of me reaching back to you for an interview, please state clearly and briefly in the email why you are exceptional and what you can contribute to our lab. Examples of such evidence from my past students include ACM ICPC Gold Medals, research and publication experience in top AI conferences (CVPR/ICCV/ECCV/NeurIPS), top ranking (<5%) among your peers from the best university in your country etc. These examples are not the standard but just some references, I am always looking for students that are exceptional in different ways with the promise to develop into future leaders in your generation, with the help and resources of our lab.

[For Visitors/Interns/MS applicants]

I am only taking visiting interns that can work for at least 6-12 months, so that you can receive enough research training from the lab. Working remotely is fine and preferred in the pandemic time, but you need to be devoted to research and work in a full-time capacity, except for taking care of the courses you are taking. AI research is so active and competitive that you can only succeed if you put in your 200%. Similar to PhD applicants, you need to state in your application why you are exceptional, though your prior research experience can be less. Every year I may directly recruit some new PhD students from the best of current/past interns/MS or recommend them directly to my close collaborators in other top PhD programs such as UIUC, UT Austin, JHU, Northwestern etc.


I was contacted by a number of excellent students with various questions, I am trying to answer some of frequent ones here:

Do you still have openings?

  • Yes.

Why SHI Lab?

  • SHI Lab aims at supporting its members' success and producing the future generations of the world's technical leaders. The unique resources and connections at SHI Lab will enable our members' rapid growth with momentum and a pathway to potential future career opportunities (collaboration, internships, postdocs, full-time etc.) at top organizations, either in industry or academia.

How to apply to be part of the SHI Lab?

  • Please send me an email first. In your email subject line, use "[App for SHI Lab xxx] yyy": xxx from {Internship, PhD, Postdoc}, yyy = any additional words you want to add.