Mr Lei Wang

Research Fellow
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics

Areas of expertise

  • Machine Learning 4611
  • Computer Vision 460304
  • Video Processing 460309
  • Pattern Recognition 460308

Research interests

  • Action recognition
  • Anomaly detection
  • Video image processing
  • One- & few-shot learning
  • Deep learning
  • Tensor learning
  • Domain adaptation


Lei Wang is a Research Fellow with the School of Computing, ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics under the supervision of Dr. Liang Zheng (ANU) and Prof. Tom Gedeon (Curtin University).

He is also a Visiting Scientist in the Machine Learning Research Group (MLRG) at Data61 (formerly NICTA), The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Since 2018, he has been a full-time Computer Vision Researcher with iCetana Pty Ltd in Perth. He was a Visiting Researcher in MLRG at Data61/CSIRO. He was also a Visiting Researcher with the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

Before starting his PhD at ANU and Data61/CSIRO, he was offered a number of competitive full PhD scholarships, including the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre Scholarship, UWA International Fee Scholarship, University Postgraduate Award, Data61 PhD Scholarship, Data61 Top-up Scholarship, and ANU HDR Fee Remission Merit Scholarship.

He has published a large number of first-author papers during his PhD candidature in high quality venues (Rank A* conferences or journals with impact factor > 10.0) including CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, ACM MM, TPAMI and TIP under the supervision of Dr. Piotr Koniusz (Data61/CSIRO & ANU). He also received the Sang Uk Lee Best Student Paper Award from ACCV’22.

His research interests include action recognition in videos, anomaly detection, video image processing, one- and few-shot learning, deep learning, tensor learning and domain adaptation.

He is an IEEE Student Member and an ACM Student Member.

Researcher's projects

In academia, I focus on hypothesizing, conducting research, publishing papers, and teaching to advance the field of knowledge.

In industry, I concentrate on developing new products and technologies, applying science to solve marketplace problems, and collaborating with team members to create innovative solutions that will benefit the company financially.

I am also working to bridge the gap between academic research and industry research needs.

Industry research

  • 05/07/2021-presentComputer Scientist (contract)
    • Active Intelligence Australia Pty Ltd, Perth, Western Australia (WA)
    • Country manager: Mr. Francis Williams
    • Filed a patent [US provisional patent, SN 63/326,525]
    • Raised 1.2 million US dollars (~1.79 million Australian dollars)
    • Granted the Incentive Unit Award (09/09/2022-08/09/2032)
  • 28/09/2020-28/01/2021Machine Learning Researcher (contract)
    • Ebenezer Technologies, Barranquilla, Colombia
    • Researched & delivered an anomaly detection system (Alice Guardian smart video surveillance)
  • 22/07/2019-28/09/2020Machine Learning / Computer Vision Researcher (Casual Appointment, 20%)
    • iCetana Pty Ltd, Perth, WA
    • Manager: Mr. Graeme Woods (iCetana’s former Head of Product)
    • Filed a provisional patent [AU Patent AU 2,019,903,775]
  • 02/07/2018-19/07/2019Computer Vision Research Intern (full-time)
    • iCetana Pty Ltd, Perth, WA
    • Supervisor: Dr. Moussa Reda Mansour (iCetana’s former Research & Development Lead)
    • Manager: Mr. Graeme Woods (iCetana’s former Head of Product)
    • Filed a provisional patent [AU Patent AU 2,019,900,316]

Academic research

  • 20/02/2023-presentResearch Fellow (full-time)
    • School of Computing, ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics
    • Postdoc advisor: Dr. Liang Zheng (ANU) and Prof. Tom Gedeon (Curtin University)
    • Grant: I am a Co-Investigator (Co-I) on 'Sharing early insights for more resilient communities'
    • Grant / Project Award from Oracle (AU$48,000) for Research on 'Automatic, large-scale screening of failure cases in autonomous driving'
    • Invited talk on 'Action Recognition: Past, Present and Future' hosted by Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China
    • NCI Adaptater Scheme Q4 2023 (HPC funding scheme): I am a Chief Investigator (CI) on 'Towards building general-purpose multimodal foundation models'
  • 30/06/2023–presentVisiting Scientist
    • Machine Learning Research Group (MLRG), Data61/CSIRO (Black Mountain ACT)
  • 22/07/2019-presentPostgraduate Research Student (PhD student, full-time)
    • [1] School of Computing, ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics & [2] Machine Learning Research Group (MLRG), Data61/CSIRO (Acton & Black Mountain ACT)
    • Supervisory panel:
    • One paper each published at CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, ACM-MM, TPAMI & TIP
    • Received the Sang Uk Lee Best Student Paper Award from ACCV’22
  • 10/10/2018-09/10/2019Visiting Researcher
    • Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE), The University of Western Australia (UWA)
    • Supervisor: A/Prof. Du Huynh (UWA)
  • 21/09/2018-19/07/2019Visiting Researcher
    • MLRG, Data61/CSIRO (Floreat WA)
    • Supervisor: Dr. Piotr Koniusz (Data61/CSIRO & ANU)

Available student projects

I always look for motivated and hardworking students who are interested in doing research with me. However, applicants must possess good mathematical and computational skills, preferably with prior experience in machine learning and/or computer vision. Strong programming skills in Python, Matlab, and/or TensorFlow are essential, and hands-on deep learning expertise is important as well. Additionally, integrity, honesty, the ability to work under pressure, and the capacity to explore while adhering to strict directions are all essential qualities.

Industry AIR Awards for Students

I annually organize multiple industry research awards to support promising research candidates (Bachelor’s, Honours, and Master’s Students) interested in my research areas.

Please note that only students from the Group of Eight (Go8) Australian universities are considered.

The Active Intelligence Research Challenge Award (Industry AIR Award) was established by Mr. Lei Wang and Mr. Francis Williams to honor individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication, expertise, and a commitment to excellence in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

The Industry AIR Award includes a cash prize (up to $5,000) along with a research internship (6-12 months full-time). These awards are provided by Active Intelligence Corporation LLC.

Industry AIR Awards are granted solely on merit and are not subject to quotas. Typically, four candidates can receive awards from a pool of 20 candidates (with a minimum GPA of 6.75/7), resulting in an approximate acceptance rate of 20%, based on the 2023-2024 results.

This year marks the 1st Annual Active Intelligence Research Challenge.

For more information regarding the application and award process, please contact the awarded candidates before reaching out to me.

  • 2023-2024 awarded ANU international students are:
    • Mr. Arjun Raj (Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research and Development) (Honours)),
    • Mr. Liyun Zhu (Master of Machine Learning and Computer Vision),
    • Mr. Liwen Luo (Master of Machine Learning and Computer Vision), and 
    • Mr. Qixiang Chen (Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Honours)). 
  • Visiting student: 
    • Mr. Zerui Wang (The University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Science), 16/06/2023 - 19/07/2023.

ANU Summer Research Scholars Program

ANU offers Summer Research Scholarships (SRS) and Summer Research Internships (SRI). External (non-ANU) students from Australia and New Zealand are eligible to apply for a Summer Research Scholarship. Current ANU students are eligible to apply for a Summer Research Internship.

The SRS scholarship includes board and on-campus accommodation for 9 weeks (run between Monday 20 Nov 2023 to Friday 19 Jan 2024), including the Christmas shutdown period. Candidates are awarded a stipend of $150 per week, along with a travel allowance of up to $1,000 for students relocating from interstate or from New Zealand. The SRI scholarship provides a stipend of $400 per week to assist with the cost of living during the program. All students participating in the program will be invited to a variety of shared social events, workshops and seminars during the summer period.

For more details, please refer to Summer Research Scholarships. You can find my research projects by visiting 2023-2024 ANU CECC SRS Projects Page, get in touch if you are interested.

  • 2023-2024 awarded ANU domestic student: 
    • Mr. Xiuyuan (Jack) Yuan (Bachelor of Advanced Computing). Thanks to the ANU School of Computing for providing research funding.

Current student projects

Bachelor & Honours research project

I am a registered ANU Higher Degree Research (HDR) supervisor.

If you are an ANU undergraduate seeking an Honors research project, please note that I typically accept a maximum of two Honors students each year to ensure high-quality supervision, and I prefer 24-unit projects.

If you are an ANU master's student seeking individual projects, I require candidates to have a solid research background, a strong GPA, and proficient coding skills. Additionally, it is important that you have adequate time available for research.

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Updated:  01 October 2023 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers