My PhD Journal
After a long period of separation, in 2009, I've decided to return to my PhD studies. And after completing the last mandatory credits and the notorious qualification exam, I'm in the PhD thesis stage.
While I was in the struggle of the qualification exam, I thought that it was the bottleneck of the PhD process. Though the exam was ridiculously hard, now I discover that I'm in the uncharted territory. Finding a meaningful PhD thesis subject and working on it is extremely hard.
By this journal, I'll try to keep things in one place. Besides, the material I'll collect here, may be some helping hand to other researchers.
Why do I Make Research on Age Estimation?
When I re-started my PhD studies, I had the ambition for astronomy and space sciences. The plan was working on Pattern Recognition techniques applied on astronomy. After consulting with my professor Bulent Sankur, and also realizing that the field is not a very fertile ground for pattern recognition, I started looking for a new research field.
It was again the idea of Bulent Sankur that human age related studies may be a good idea to start. At first it didn't appeal me very much; not just because of the ironic situation that the "aging studies" would be held by the oldest PhD student in the neighborhood, but mainly because it was not as striking as astronomy.
I slept on the idea for a time. And one day, I watched Smokey and the Bandit and Smokey and the Bandit II (on the same night) again after 20 years. The second film was shot 4 years after the first one. While watching the films, I observed the eventual aging process of the actors and actresses. Might it be an interesting field?
At that night, after watching two films together, in my dream I saw Burt Reynolds and Sally Field and some other characters from
the movie. I saw their faces changing with passing time, and again becoming younger, and then becoming old again. The last image
from my dream was again the youthful face of Sally Field.
In the morning, I decided on two things:
1.The time passes too fast, so appreciate it genuinely (regardless of how old you are)
2.I would study on aging
Age Estimation by Using Still Face Images
Now I'm mainly concentrated on age estimation by using global features. The information that you may be interested is grouped in three sections:
|2009, Jan||Starting PhD|
|2009, Mar||Started the courses EE572 and EE58A|
|2009, May||Completing courses EE572 and EE58A|
|2010, Jan||Failed the Qualifying written exam|
|2010, Mar||Workshop on Biometrics Related to Aging, Canterbury England|
|2010, May||Succeeded the Qualifying written exam|
|2010, June||Succeeded the Qualifying oral exam - with the condition of taking another 2 courses|
|2010, Oct||Started the courses EE573 and EE577|
|2011, Jan||Completed the courses EE573 and EE577|
Effects of Aging over Facial Feature Analysis and Face Recognition
Report, September 2009
Face Recognition Across Ages
Report, April 2010
On Age Estimation by Using Still Face Images
Light Survey + Report, March 2011
Age Estimation from Still Images
Report, April 2011