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Irene Cheng, PhD

Multimedia Program Director & Adjunct Professor


Computing Science

About Me


  • Post Doc, Computer and Information Science (CIS), University of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • Ph.D., Computing Science, University of Alberta, 2005
  • M.Sc., Computing Science, University of Alberta, 1999
  • B.Sc., Computing Science, University of Alberta, 1996

Additional Positions

  • Scientific Director, Multimedia Research Centre 
  • Director, Masters with Specialization in Multimedia Program
  • Research Affiliate, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital



Computer Graphics
Computer Vision and Multimedia Communications


My research interests include multimedia data transmission and Quality of Experience (QoE), mesh simplification and Levels-of-Detail, 3DTV, 3D textured mesh visualization, image processing and adaptive learning/assessment. I introduced the concept of Just-Noticeable-Difference (JND) and Relative Change on 3D TexMesh in the scale-space domain - validated following psychophysical two-alternative-choice methodology.


My research focus is on the analysis of multimedia patterns and their human perceptual impacts on real-world applications, e.g., animation, education, surveillance and healthcare. My techniques are built upon mathematical formulations like Random-Walks, Set Partitioning in Hierarchical Tree (SPIHT), Conditional Random Field (CRF), Scale-Space Filtering and Just-Noticeable-Difference (JND). Recent projects include: Improved automatic multi-exposure image fusion and correspondence; introduced perceptually enhanced techniques for automatic segmentation using visual cues and for enhancing medical or photographic image quality; motion capture data compression and transmission; multi-object tracking. The Computer Reinforced Online Multimedia Education (CROME) framework, which focused on adaptive learning/assessment, was designed and prototyped during the period from 2006-2012.