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UCLA PhD student wins French Chateaubriand Fellowship to study in Grenoble

UCLA PhD student Geoffrey Iyer has been awarded a Chateaubriand Fellowship, totalling over $10,000, from the French Office of Science and Technology, to carry out his final year of the PhD studies in Grenoble France in the GIPSA Lab supervised by Prof. Jocelyn Chanussot, starting in Sept 2017. The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct
research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.

Iyer will work on problems in data fusion and graph matching connected with real world data such as the example shown above with two images of the same urban scene, one a color image and the other taken with LIDAR (distance) measurements. The success of this project grew out of a two-year sabbatical visit of Prof. Chanussot to the Department of Mathematics at UCLA, where he taught a graduate course in hyperspectral imagery and mentored several students on problems in data science.  Iyer recently advanced to candidacy and will spend the summer of 2017 preparing for his fellowship work by perfecting and analyzing new graph-based algorithms for his thesis work, which is co-supervised by Prof. Chanussot and UCLA Math Professor A. Bertozzi. Iyer will also present a conference paper on his work at the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) in Beijing, China this fall.