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Canon’s R&D lab in Sydney, Canon Information Systems Research Australia (CiSRA), is always looking for fresh ideas to enhance research and innovation in imaging.

When University of NSW PhD student, Kalyan Bhattacharjee, gave a presentation on his research work in optimisation at CiSRA’s seminar series, CiSRA immediately saw the potential to collaborate with APR.Intern and Kalyan on a tailored internship project.

“Recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence are progressing computer vision at rates, which we couldn’t have imagined at the start of this century. But behind the scenes, this still involves a significant effort from human experts who are in short supply,”


Dr Jeroen Vendrig, CiSRA Theme Leader Image Understanding & Machine Learning

Instead of asking for an extra hand to join the experts, CiSRA challenged Kalyan to use his experience in optimisation to look at an approach to assist CiSRA’s experts, enabling automatic configuration of their machine learning algorithms. With GPU processing power being in high demand by regular projects, Kalyan managed to show promising results on a shoestring computational budget.

“This internship was essential to have a great introduction to industry research, and I gained substantial experience in machine learning by dealing with practical problems. I have thoroughly enjoyed the educative atmosphere and CiSRA’s supportive environment,”


Kalyan Bhattacharjee, PhD Intern at CiSRA

“The opportunity to mentor Kaylan and get involved with CiSRA on the project was fantastic. The outcome was positive and I expect it will lead to ongoing collaboration,” said Kaylan’s Academic Mentor, Professor Tapabrata Ray from the University of NSW.

Getting to know each other during the internship, CiSRA and Kalyan decided to extend their collaboration after the APR Intern program. Kalyan will join CiSRA’s staff as a research engineer after submitting his PhD thesis.

“This shows that early career researchers have an opportunity in Australia to have global impact through international companies such as Canon. APR.Intern provides an essential platform to bridge the gap between universities and industry,” said Jeroen.