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“The future of lossy image compression: what machines can learn from humans” by Irena Fischer-Hwang

May 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

IEEE CIS Chapter is a co-sponsor of this event.

IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section CIS Chapter


Chair: Dr. Kiran Gunnam
Vice-Chair: Dr. Mehran Nekuii
Treasurer:  Ms. Priscilla Chen
Secretary: Mr. Shreyans Mulkutkar

Finance Committee Chair: Ms. Yllka Masada


Come join us for a talk by Irena Fischer-Hwang on “The future of lossy image compression: what machines can learn from humans“.


6:00 P.M. Refreshments and Conversation

6:30 P.M. Presentation


The Santa Clara Valley chapters of the IEEE Information Theory, Signal Processing and Computational Intelligence societies are co-sponsors this event.


The availability of massive public image datasets appears to have hardly been exploited in image compression. In this work, we present a novel framework for image compression based on human image generation and publicly available images as “side information.” Our framework consists of one human who describes images using text instructions to another, who is tasked with reconstructing the original image to the first human’s satisfaction. These image reconstructions were then rated by human scorers on the Amazon Mechanical Turk platform and compared to reconstructions obtained by existing image compressors. While this setup lacks certain components typical of traditional compressors, the insights gained from these experiments offer a new perspective on designing image compressors of the future.

Speaker’s Biography:

Irena Fischer-Hwang is a PhD student in the electrical engineering department at Stanford under supervision of Professor Tsachy Weissman. Her doctoral work is split between developing computational tools for analyzing genomic sequencing data, exploring novel image compression techniques, and analyzing public data sets in collaboration with data journalists to aid investigative journalism. She is a 2018 Brown Institute for Media Innovation Magic Grantee.


IEEE SCV Computational Intelligence Society
IEEE SCV Signal Processing Society
IEEE SCV Information Theory Society


David Packard Electrical Engineering Building – Stanford

David Packard Electrical Engineering Building, 350 Serra Mall Room #202 Stanford, CA 94305
Stanford, CA 94305 United States