Aijuan Dong

What brought you to Hood College?

When I interviewed at Hood, I fell in love with the beautiful campus. Hood’s emphasis on liberal arts education and its proximity to the greater Washington, D.C., area also attracted me.

What do you value most about your relationship with graduate students?

I value mutual trust, respect and understanding between my students and me. Although I hold each student to a uniform standard of excellence in keeping with the mission of the department and the Graduate School, I acknowledge and respect my students’ differences and try to accommodate them accordingly. This promotes a positive educational environment that benefits both my students and me.

What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching in the graduate school at Hood?

I feel very fortunate to work in an environment where I can always grow and better myself intellectually. I also feel extremely privileged to be part of my students’ growth and professional development.

Describe your approach to teaching.

I view graduate level study to be not only about acquiring knowledge, but also about observing, thinking and making new contributions to the knowledge base. To that end, I urge students to do research-oriented projects and encourage them to work on real world or job-related problems.

What is/are your most memorable moment/s at Hood?

When students tell me they really enjoy my class; when students publish their research; and the Hood campus when the cherry trees are in blossom.

Describe your academic interests, research, professional interests or expertise.

I have a desire to investigate ways to automatically extract semantic content from multimedia information sources and then organize the content in a way that facilitates the effective access and utilization of such resources. I am particularly interested in incorporating advanced techniques in signal processing, artificial intelligence, and knowledge representation and inference into the task of multimedia content understanding so that the society can benefit more fully from this omnipresent information source. Currently, I am focusing on medical image processing and understanding, solar image analysis, and bio-image analysis and cataloging.

When you aren’t teaching, what are you doing in your spare time?

I cook, read from or browse the Internet, and spend time with my family.

What are three books that you would recommend everyone read?

“Caigentan,” by Yingming Hong; Asian philosophy on the art of living Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling, influenced by my kids; “Journey to the West,” by Chengen Wu.