University of Hawaii

Electrical Engineering

Il Yong Chun

Assistant Professor

Office: POST 205H

Tel: (808) 956-5174


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Curriculum Vitae

Il Yong Chun received the B.Eng. degree from Korea University in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 2015, both in electrical engineering.
He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa (UHM) in 2019 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to joining UHM, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mathematics, Purdue University, and a Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the University of Michigan, from 2015-2016 and 2016-2019, respectively. During his Ph.D., he worked with Intel Labs, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, and Neuroscience Research Institute, as a Research Intern or a Visiting Lecturer.

My research interests include

  • machine learning & AI (e.g., unsupervised/self-supervised learning, fast AI system training, and "big data"),
  • optimization (e.g., non-convex optimization, block optimization, and proximal gradient methods), and
  • compressed sensing (e.g., parallel sensing/imaging system and sampling optimization),
with current and past projects in
  • medical imaging (e.g., X-ray CT, MRI, PET, and SPECT),
  • computational photography (e.g., light-field photography, depth estimation, and 3D object tracking),
  • biomedical image computing (e.g., abnormality detection on brain images, microscopic image segmentation, and dental radiographs classification), and
  • autonomous driving (e.g., multi-modal end-to-end driving).
I am interested both in developing cutting-edge algorithmic and imaging frameworks for these problems, as well as improving fundamental understanding of developed frameworks. For a snapshot of our current research, see recent preprints/submitted papers under the "publication" link on the left-hand menu.

Group Highlights:
20-02, My group has an opportunity immediately available for a Postdoctoral Fellow in autonomous driving. See here for the position overview, qualification, and application instruction.
20-02, UH News wrote a news article on our recent light-field photography work: UH News: Engineering professorís 3D camera improves research in Hawaiʻi (see also CoE news).