Jason Zhongzheng Ren
PhD Student
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Email: zr5 [at] illinois [dot] edu
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Aloooha! I am currently a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), working with Alex Schwing. Previously, I obtained my Master's in Computer Science from UC Davis after spending two wonderful years with Yong Jae Lee. I completed my Bachelor of Software Engineering at Sun Yat-sen University (中山大学).

I spent two wonderful summers interning at NVIDIA Research with Zhiding Yu, Ming-Yu Liu, Xiaodong Yang, and Jan Kautz in 2018 and 2019 [photo of us]. I also worked as a Machine Learning Researcher at EgoVid Inc. with Michael S. Ryoo from 2017 to 2018 [photo of us@ECCV'18 demo].

Research Interests: Computer Vision and Machine Learning.
I am particularly interested in the tasks of learning visual knowledge with minimal human supervision.


  • Thrilled to be a recipient of the Yunni & Maxine Pao Memorial Fellowship. Thanks!
  • In 2018, I had 1 CVPR, 1 ECCV papers; worked at NVIDIA Research, EgoVid, and UCD; and joined UIUC.
  • Publications

    Learning to Anonymize Faces for Privacy Preserving Action Detection.
    Zhongzheng Ren, Yong Jae Lee, Michael S. Ryoo
    European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2018
    [PDF] [BIBTEX] [Project] [YouTube]
    Also presented at CVPR'18 workshop on The Bright and Dark Sides of Computer Vision: Challenges and Opportunities for Privacy and Security
    Cross-Domain Self-supervised Multi-task Feature Learning using Synthetic Imagery.
    Zhongzheng Ren, Yong Jae Lee
    IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2018
    [PDF] [BIBTEX] [Project] [Code]
    Who moved my cheese? Automatic Annotation of Rodent Behaviors with Convolutional Neural Networks.
    Zhongzheng Ren, Adriana Noronha, Annie Vogel Ciernia, Yong Jae Lee
    IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2017
    [PDF] [BIBTEX] [Project]


  • CS 446/ECE 449: Machine Learning (Spring 2020), UIUC
    Teaching Assistant (TA) with Alex Schwing
  • ECS 174: Computer Vision (Spring 2017), UC Davis
    Teaching Assistant (TA) with Yong Jae Lee
  • Misc.

  • My Chinese name is 任中正.
  • I maintain awesome-self-supervised-learning on Github. You are more than welcome to contribute and share :)
  • My Erdős number is 5 computed by csauthors.net. Try yours:)
    Paul Erdős -> János Pach -> Leonidas J. Guibas -> Alexei A. Efros -> Yong Jae Lee -> Zhongzheng Ren.