SUN Qianru

Assistant Professor of Information Systems

Singapore Management University


  • I am looking for PhD students in computer science (full scholarships)! If interested, please send me an email with your cv!
  • I will be an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the Singapore Management University from Aug 2019.
  • We will host the ACM Multimedia Asia 2020 in Singapore!
  • Our paper about mixed-dish image recognition is accepted by the 27th ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM MM'19).
  • Our paper about visual relationship feature augmentation is accepted by the 30th British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC'19).
  • Our paper about few-shot learning is accepted by the 32th Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR'19).

Personal experiences

  • 2019.08 - present Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Singapore Management University
  • 2018.04 - 2019.07 Research Fellow, National University of Singapore & MPI for Informatics
  • 2016.03 - 2018.03 Post-doc Researcher (Lise Meitner Award), MPI for Informatics
  • 2010.09 - 2016.01 Ph.D. (top 10%), Peking University
  • 2014.10 - 2015.01 Visiting student, The University of Tokyo
  • 2006.09 - 2010.07 B.S. (rank 1/77), Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications


  • Computer Vision: image recognition, image generation, image feature augmentation
  • Machine Learning: meta-learning, few-shot learning, transfer learning


  • 2019/2020 Term1 IS111-Introduction to Programming (Sections G8-9-12)

Ph.D. Students

  • Jun 2018 - present LIU Yaoyao, Tianjin University. (with Prof. LIU An-An and Prof. SU Yuting)
  • Jan 2019 - present LI Xinzhe, Shanghai Jiaotong Univeristy. (with Prof. ZHENG Shibao)
  • May 2019 - present JIN Zhe, National University of Singapore. (with Prof. CHUA Tat-Seng)
  • Since Jan 2020 CHEN Zhaozheng, Singapore Management University.
  • Since Jan 2020 BAO Chunhui, Singapore Management University.

Professional services

  • AAAI'20, ICCV'19, CVPR'19, CVPR'18, ICCV'17, Program Committee
  • CVPR'19/ECCV'18 WiCV Workshop, Program Committee
  • CVPR'19/CVPR'18 CV-COPS Workshop, Program Committee
  • ECCV'18 CEFRL Workshop, Program Committee
  • SPLINE'16, Technical Committee
  • IEEE Trans. on PAMI, TMM, TCSVT, Reviewer; IJCV, Reviewer
  • Neural Processing Letters, Guest Editor
  • CAAI Transactions on Intelligence Technology, Editorial Board Member
  • Lise Meitner Award Fellowship for Excellent Women in Computer Science 2018, Organization Committee

Selected talks

  • Learning to Learn from Small Data in the Era of Big Data. SIS Research Seminar, Singapore Management University Link
  • Objects, Relationships, and Context in Visual Data. ICMR 2018 Tutorial Slides
  • Pose Guided Person Image Generation. DVMM Lab, Columbia University Slides
  • Domain Based Social Relation Recognition. CVPR 2017 ODAR Workshop Slides
  • Your Photos Expose Your Social Life. Joint Lecture Series (MPI & Saarland University, 2017) Slides


Learning to Self-Train for Semi-Supervised Few-Shot Classification

Qianru Sun, Xinzhe Li, Yaoyao Liu, Shibao Zheng, Tat-Seng Chua and Bernt Schiele

arXiv, June 2019.

LCC: Learning to Customize and Combine Neural Networks for Few-Shot Learning

Yaoyao Liu, Qianru Sun, An-An Liu, Yuting Su, Bernt Schiele and Tat-Seng Chua

arXiv, April 2019.

A Novel BiLevel Paradigm for Image-to-Image Translation

Liqian Ma, Qianru Sun, Bernt Schiele and Luc Van Gool

arXiv, April 2019.

Learning a Disentangled Embedding for Monocular 3D Shape Retrieval and Pose Estimation

Kyaw Zaw Lin, Weipeng Xu, Qianru Sun, Christian Theobalt and Tat-Seng Chua

arXiv, March 2019.

Selected publications

Generating Expensive Relationship Features from Cheap Objects

Xiaogang Wang, Qianru Sun, Tat-Seng Chua and Marcelo H.Jr. Ang

The 30th British Machine Vision Conference, BMVC 2019. [paper coming soon]

Mixed-dish Recognition with Contextual Relation Networks

Lixi Deng, Jingjing Chen, Qianru Sun, Xiangnan He, Sheng Tang, Zhaoyan Ming, Yongdong Zhang, Tat-Seng Chua

The 27th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, ACM MM 2019. [paper coming soon]

Meta-Transfer Learning for Few-Shot Learning

Qianru Sun, Yaoyao Liu, Tat-Seng Chua and Bernt Schiele

2019 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2019. [paper] [code]

A Hybrid Model for Identity Obfuscation by Face Replacement

Qianru Sun, Ayush Tewari, Weipeng Xu, Mario Fritz, Christian Theobalt and Bernt Schiele

The 15th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2018. [paper]

Disentangled Person Image Generation

Liqian Ma, Qianru Sun, Stamatios Georgoulis, Luc Van Gool, Bernt Schiele and Mario Fritz

2018 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2018. (Spotlight) [paper] [project page]

Natural and Effective Obfuscation by Head Inpainting

Qianru Sun, Liqian Ma, Seong Joon Oh, Luc Van Gool, Bernt Schiele and Mario Fritz

2018 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2018. [paper]

Pose Guided Person Image Generation

Liqian Ma, Xu Jia, Qianru Sun, Bernt Schiele, Tinne Tuytelaars and Luc Van Gool

The 31st Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing, NIPS 2017. [paper] [poster] [slides] [code]

A Domain Based Approach to Social Relation Recognition

Qianru Sun, Bernt Schiele and Mario Fritz

2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2017. [paper] [project page] [github]

Online Growing Neural Gas for Anomaly Detection in Changing Surveillance Scenes

Qianru Sun, Hong Liu and Tatsuya Harada

Pattern Recognition. April 2017, Volume 64, Pages 187-201. [paper]


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