Tianfu Wu

Associate Professor


Tianfu Wu is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State University. 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

ECE Researchers Help Develop Public Charging Infrastructure for Wheelchairs

Posted on October 17, 2022 | Filed Under: Research

ECE researchers are helping to develop accessible public charging infrastructure for electric wheelchair users. Two years in the making, and the product is now ready for public use.

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.


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