A Week in the Life of Chengliang Hu

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What is Chengliang studying?

Chengliang is the first year of her PhD studies, and is a member of the Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition Research Group. Her research focuses on computational shape analysis for magnetic resonance (MR) neuroimages.

Where is Chengliang from?

Chengliang is from China and is currently sharing a flat with other students in Wentworth College. A life-long art lover, she enjoys painting, photography and Chinese calligraphy. 


On my way to the University this morning, I meet one of the organisers for the University’s Chinese New Year Gala. We talk about the Gala, and she tells me that a photograph of me and my calligraphy work is in the local newspaper. She promises that she will bring a paper to me this evening.


This morning, I am a teaching assistant in a practical session for the Numerical Analysis module. I assist first year undergraduates in the Lakehouse – a large teaching theatre with a panoramic view of Heslington East and the low hills of the Yorkshire Wolds beyond.

As a teaching assistant, I like to help students who might be too shy to ask a question. I approach them with a smile and help them where I can.


This is a reading day for me and, the more I read, the clearer the gaps in my research become. I now have a better understanding of the difference between standard MRI and diffusion MRI, and the potential use of the state-of-the-art computer vision techniques.

After dinner, I tidy the kitchen in my flat. I share with five other postgraduate students and we each take our turn in doing the chores. 


After breakfast, I take the free campus bus to the office I share on the Heslington East campus. I start my day with a big cup of Chinese green tea.

I will soon be giving a departmental seminar on my literature review: 'Magnetic resonance imaging for shape analysis of the human brain'. To prepare, I show my presentation slides to my supervisor at our regular meeting. He suggests some improvements, and I make the necessary changes.

In the evening, I go to my fortnightly painting session at Wentworth College and draw a girl playing an oriental music instrument.


Today, I continue my reading with a paper on the principals and theory of diffusion MRI: all these equations are the backbone of practice!

Tonight, I find nothing is better than to appreciate Rembrandt’s paintings, and I borrow a book from the library. Rembrandt's self portrait and the “Young girl leaning on a windowsill” (1645) are depicted so vividly: I wish I had 48 hours in the day to satisfy my curiosity for both computer science and the arts!


My sister’s family have come to visit me, bringing lots of presents from my home town in China.

We go into York city centre to see the Viking Festival, browse the market stalls and take a walk on the city walls. We also explore the Shambles – an ancient street where the walls of the houses are now leaning precariously as hundreds of years have gone by. 

York city centre is quite small. With its winding streets, magnificent cathedral and ancient Roman bath, I have a real passion for this lovely ancient city!


As usual, I read the newspapers in the morning: the UK-Chinese newspaper, the Financial Times, the University Magazine, and a book given to me by a friend.

An English flatmate shows me how to make a great cup of coffee and another flatmate, from India, demonstrates how to make a rice meal. The Chinese philosopher, Confucius, was right: where there are three people, one of them must be your teacher!


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York walls in spring

Wentworth College, Heslington West

Chenglian Hu and calligraphy