Zhihang Peter Ren

PhD Student
Computational Vision


Chengdu, China. Panda's hometown! Great place for spicy food and travel!


Previously, I was a Master student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego, where I worked in Statistical Visual Computing Lab advised by professor Nuno Vasconcelos and co-advised by professor Bhaskar D. Rao. Before that, I was a Bachelor student at UESTC, where I workeded with professor Shuaicheng Liu.


I am very obsessed with the human vision system, especially how human eyes process complex information with tiny energy consumption. Understanding the human visual system provides us potential pathways to explore the richness of our world efficiently. Here, with the Vision Science program at Berkeley, I will dive into its multidisciplinary academic environment to reveal the mystery of the human visual system.


My research focus is on computational vision and machine learning. Within such a wide range of disciplines provided by the vision science program, I will focus my efforts into understanding the human vision system.


With my computer vision background, my ultimate goal is to understand the human visual system and apply the knowledge to the computer vision system. Hopefully, this may solve certain challenges in the computer vision community and bridge both areas.


Coming from Chengdu where sunny days are precious, I appreciate every moment in the California sunshine. I love traveling, photo shooting, and anything which could drag me outdoors. In particular, I like star shooting and wildlife shooting. When forced indoors, I follow a number of sci-fi and fantasy genre movies and television shows. I also love cooking. Sharing spicy and hot Sichuan food with friends is my favorite.