Tianfu Wu

Assistant Professor


Tianfu Wu is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NC State university (NCSU). He is currently the PI of the laboratory of interpretable Visual Modeling, Computing and Learning (iVMCL).  He received his Ph.D. in statistics from UCLA under the supervision by Prof. Song-Chun Zhu. His research focuses on computer vision, often motivated by the task of building explainable and improvable visual Turing test and robot autonomy through life-long communicative learning. To accomplish his research goals, he is interested in pursuing a unified framework for machines to ALTER (Ask, Learn, Test, Explain and Refine) recursively in a principled way.


  • Ph.D. 2011
    University of California, Los Angeles

Recent News

Aydin Aysu and Tianfu Wu Named Goodnight Early Career Innovators

Posted on April 26, 2022 | Filed Under: Awards

Congratulations to our two faculty members, Aydin Aysu and Tianfu Wu, for being recognized as a Goodnight Early Career Innovator!

photo shows cars on a street, with each of them surrounded by lines indicating a bounding box
Technique Improves AI Ability to Understand 3D Space Using 2D Images

Posted on January 27, 2022 | Filed Under: Research

The work would help autonomous vehicles navigate in relation to other vehicles.

This post was originally published in NC State News.

The new AI method enables the system to create and retain a background image, while also creating figures that are consistent from picture to picture, but show change or movement.
Researchers Fine-Tune Control Over AI Image Generation

Posted on June 2, 2021 | Filed Under: Research

ECE researchers fine-tune control over AI image generation with a new approach that allows AI to move or alter elements in an image while keeping them identifiably the same.


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